Desktops forum: Grounded electric outlet needed for surge protector to work?

by: Big Steve November 15, 2005 5:06 AM PST

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Grounded electric outlet needed for surge protector to work?

by Big Steve - 11/15/05 5:06 AM

I took delivery of a new desktop computer from Velocity Micro last week and would like to move it to another bedroom location. The bedroom where my old PC is currently located happens to have a grounded electrical outlet behind my desk; a grounded electrical outlet which is also wired into a dedicated circuit; nothing else is on the circuit but the computer's grounded electrical outlet. I also have a surge protector connected to that dedicated grounded electrical outlet.

The bedroom where I want to move my new computer to does not have any grounded electrical outlets in it; this house was built back in the early 1960's and the electrical code at that time did not require grounded electrical outlets throughout the entire house; just in the kitchen and bathroom areas; nowhere else.

My question is this; if I decided to set up my new computer in the other bedroom; a bedroom which right now doesn't have any grounded electrical outlets in it; if I connected a surge protector or a back up system to a non-grounded electrical outlet in the other bedroom will my new computer still be protected from power surges or spikes or would I need to hire a
licensed electrician to come out to the house and install a new grounded electrical outlet in the other bedroom and connect the new grounded electrical outlet to it's own dedicated circuit in the new bedroom for the new computer to be fully protected?


Big Steve
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