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Old 01-21-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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I live in an apartment where there is some faulty wiring or I believe something is wrong with the meter outside. The problem started a few months ago, I shut down my computer one day and then when trying to turn it back on there was no lights or anything powering on with the computer. Now I thought maybe the power supply just went bad on the pc but that was not the case, as I hooked up 2 other computers in the same room and one of the pc's power supplies died the other one (tbis one) now has an electrical problem, I believe it has something to do with the voltage because the pc's bios boots some times and says "Warning system battery voltage is low." where as this problem never happened with this pc before. The landlord wired this building himself and because this is a problem with the landlord's wiring do you believe that the landlord should be responsible to buy me a replacement computer and also fix the wiring? Also where is the problem exactly? What is causing the power supplies to fail? All the computers that were here were working normally, and there's no noticeable problem like dim lights or anything with the power. So what could it be? Also is there any other forum where I can ask this question?

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Old 01-21-2014, 12:45 PM   #2
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boy, that's a tough one.

What's your location? you'll get some more spot on answers from people that live in that local.

note most locations in the US I am aware of owners are only permitted to work on dwelling they live in, not ones they rent out.

And responsibility for making yourself whole again is a question best left to the courts. Again, your location would be a great help there.

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Battery low warning on a PC has nothing to do with wall power. There is actually a battery in the PC to holds BIOS settings when turned off. It might need to be changed.
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Battery low warning on a PC has nothing to do with wall power. There is actually a battery in the PC to holds BIOS settings when turned off. It might need to be changed.
You don't understand what i mean, the low system voltage was never there beforehand, the battery was working fine but then when this problem arose there was a problem with the voltage. Also i'm in the east coast of usa.
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What is the operating range of your PC?

Typical operating voltage is 85 Volts AC to 135 Volts AC

Unless you have proof there is a voltage issues, if I was the landlord I'd say no way.

The firm I work for does a lot of power quality work for large data centers, Telco, TV, radio and hospitals, 90% of the Power issues turn out to be hardware, software issues, 7% grounding issues resulting in hum bars and speaker hum (more telco, radio and TV studio), the other 3% are power quality of these the main issue that would affect a residential location is a loose neutral.

But if you are looking for a looses neutral you should have the landlord and an electrician on site if you hope to recoup any money.
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You have not given us enough to give a definatife answer !
It's vagely possible, but vague is not enough !
You would have great problems tring to prove your case
circumstancial is the word.

We need lots more info !
What is the current available voltage at recepticules ?
Are neighbours having simulair problems ?

System battery warning is NOT because of low line voltage.
Get your back up battery replaced !

If your having electrical problems ?
Talk to your landlord, ask him politely to get it cheked/repaired.
Remember you get more with honey as compaired to vinegar !


If you can give us more specific advise we can advise you further
electricity systems are complex so we need complex infomation
to diagnose !
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I believe it has something to do with the voltage because the pc's bios boots some times and says "Warning system battery voltage is low.&quot
The building doesn't supply battery voltage, the on board battery does. It's probably a 3.5 volt penny sized battery on the motherboard. Check the voltage.
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It's probably a two fold problem !
1- Mains is low AND battery is borderline.

So when mains is low the computor is drawing from the memory backup battery, if it is borderline, it would fall voltagewise under load, triggering the warning. once mains returns to normal, load comes off battery and its voltage would again rise to normal level.

TWO FOLD PROBLEM !
1- Mains low !
2- Battery also low !

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As others have said, the battery warning has nothing to do with a possible electrical supply problem. It is likely that, due to the possible electrical supply problem, you are rebooting your computer(s) much more frequently than normal, and thus you are seeing BIOS warning messages that you wouldn't otherwise see.

Modern computer power supplies (switching power supplies) are some of the most tolerant devices to power fluctuations that exist, so I doubt the electrical supply is causing a problem. Put a multimeter on the receptacle powering your computer - what is the voltage between hot and neutral. What is the current?
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Is that the only receptacle giving problems ?

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Is that the only receptacle giving problems ?

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Um, we are in 2015. I suspect you might have overlooked the year the thread was started.
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You are correct . Wonder if he got it resolved ?

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