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    We had a viscious lightning storm a few hours ago, and we took a direct hit that fried our main TV, DVD player, and DirecTV box. Luckily I had unplugged my computer, 360, smaller TV, etc in the game room. Why I didn't unplug the stuff in the living room is beyond me, I'm kicking myself for it now.

    On the plus side, the TV we had wasn't really expensive - a 32" standard-def old fashion set. Shouldn't be too much to replace. I think DirecTV will replace my sat box for free - if not, I've been paying that damned protection plan for nothing.

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    We had a viscious lightning storm a few hours ago, and we took a direct hit that fried our main TV, DVD player, and DirecTV box. Luckily I had unplugged my computer, 360, smaller TV, etc in the game room. Why I didn't unplug the stuff in the living room is beyond me, I'm kicking myself for it now.

    On the plus side, the TV we had wasn't really expensive - a 32" standard-def old fashion set. Shouldn't be too much to replace. I think DirecTV will replace my sat box for free - if not, I've been paying that damned protection plan for nothing.

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    That sucks!!
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    Eh, I don't know. The TV seems about dead. Not sure if it's even worth trying to get it fixed, when you can go to Walmart and buy a new one for about a hundred bucks. Besides, the color on it was kinda acting up lately, most of the time it had a reddish tint to it. Maybe it's just as well.

    I'm just glad the PS2 and Xbox that were also plugged in there didn't get fried.

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    Something similar happened to me almost a year ago. Lightning hit the phone lines outside my house and it fried my digital cable box, modem, router, xbox, and the network cards in my laptop, desktop, and older desktop.

    I thought it was an isolated incident, but the next day when I went to the Time Warner store to exchange my modem and cable box, the place was packed. I had number 200 something and it was only about 1 p.m.
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    Doh! That sucks balls. You didn't have them on a power bar with surge protection?
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    As long as the 360 survived everything will be alright.

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    Do you have Homeowners insurance? I don't even know if you own a home.


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    That sucks Brim. Hope your Home owners insurance will cover it. Like Stonelance said, you might want to look into a surge protector. If you haven't got one or a good one already.
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