Moving overseas: can i re-build at a different voltage?

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Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
ALSO could i even take it overseas?...i mean would something happen to
the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....

thanks alot
seeyas
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "Lord Chicken" <mouse_mat1@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:824182fe.0405061729.682b0be0@posting.google.com...
    > Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    > want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    > and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    > overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    > get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    > cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    > ALSO could i even take it overseas?...i mean would something happen to
    > the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    > mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    > special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >
    > thanks alot
    > seeyas

    Well someone already said they're the same... but for future reference:
    http://www.voltageconverters.com/cgi-bin/shopper.exe?preadd=action&key=VC100

    Funny story -- when I moved to Germany, I plugged in my computer and hit the
    power switch... forgetting to switch it over. WhrrrrrRRRRRPOP!!! Sounded
    like a gunshot. New PSU was all it needed, luckily.
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Lord Chicken wrote:

    > Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    > want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    > and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    > overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    > get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    > cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    > ALSO could i even take it overseas?...i mean would something happen to
    > the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    > mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    > special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >
    > thanks alot
    > seeyas

    The only thing that moving to another country would affect is your power
    supply. Nothing inside your computer actually uses more than 12 volts.
    Your power supply takes the alternating current from a wall outlet,
    turns it into direct current, and steps the voltage way down. Almost all
    power supplies are capable of handling both 110 and 220 volt systems,
    but I'm not sure what the standard voltage in England is. Worst case
    scenario, you might have to buy a new power supply.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    mouse_mat1@yahoo.com (Lord Chicken) wrote in message news:<824182fe.0405061729.682b0be0@posting.google.com>...
    > Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    > want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    > and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    > overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    > get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    > cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    > ALSO could i even take it overseas?...i mean would something happen to
    > the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    > mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    > special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >
    > thanks alot
    > seeyas

    australia and uk use 240 volts..no problem...hard drive etc. will be
    ok..there is an urban myth that electrnic media can be damaged by
    airport scanners or cosmic rays but its not true.the only problem i
    can see is that English weather is bloody awful compared to the sunny
    climes of oz.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    In message <<824182fe.0405061729.682b0be0@posting.google.com>>
    mouse_mat1@yahoo.com (Lord Chicken) did ramble:

    >Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    >want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    >and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    >overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    >get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    >cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    >ALSO could i even take it overseas?...

    All you'll have to worry about is the power supply. Some supplies are
    switchable, but if not, replace it.

    >i mean would something happen to
    >the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    >mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    >special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....

    A friend of mine took a laptop and a desktop without any problems. It
    probably won't be a big issue.
    --
    I'm only a pigment of my imagination.
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    England is 240V at 50HZ just like Australia.
    Just get a new power cord as the wall outlets
    are different.
    http://www.r-e-d-inc.com/internat/intpower.htm

    "DevilsPGD" <lalalaNOSPAM@crazyhat.net> wrote in message
    news:fqCmc.3969622$iA2.463788@news.easynews.com...
    > In message <<824182fe.0405061729.682b0be0@posting.google.com>>
    > mouse_mat1@yahoo.com (Lord Chicken) did ramble:
    >
    > >Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    > >want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    > >and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    > >overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    > >get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    > >cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    > >ALSO could i even take it overseas?...
    >
    > All you'll have to worry about is the power supply. Some supplies are
    > switchable, but if not, replace it.
    >
    > >i mean would something happen to
    > >the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    > >mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    > >special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >
    > A friend of mine took a laptop and a desktop without any problems. It
    > probably won't be a big issue.
    > --
    > I'm only a pigment of my imagination.
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Lord Chicken wrote:
    > Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    > want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    > and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    > overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    > get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    > cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    > ALSO could i even take it overseas?...i mean would something happen to
    > the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    > mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    > special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >
    > thanks alot
    > seeyas

    Hmm, Australia: 240v 50Hz, England: 240v 50Hz.

    The only problem is that the sine wave of the power supply in England is
    upside down, so obviously you need to fix this :-)
  7. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    On Fri, 07 May 2004 09:29:57 +0200, BarryNL <barry@nospam.nl> wrote:

    >Lord Chicken wrote:
    >> Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    >> want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    >> and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    >> overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    >> get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    >> cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    >> ALSO could i even take it overseas?...i mean would something happen to
    >> the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    >> mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    >> special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >>
    >> thanks alot
    >> seeyas
    >
    >Hmm, Australia: 240v 50Hz, England: 240v 50Hz.
    >
    >The only problem is that the sine wave of the power supply in England is
    >upside down, so obviously you need to fix this :-)

    For those who don't realize you're kidding;
    there is no "fix" necessary.
  8. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "peccavi" <fauxbrick2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:95064786.0405070058.5f2506fb@posting.google.com...

    " the only problem i can see is that English weather is bloody awful
    compared to the sunny climes of oz. "


    ....and therefore the cooling will be more efficient. ;)
  9. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Cuzman wrote:

    >
    > " the only problem i can see is that English weather is bloody awful
    > compared to the sunny climes of oz. "
    >
    >
    > ...and therefore the cooling will be more efficient. ;)


    Ah....a bloody optimist :-)
  10. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    BarryNL wrote:
    >
    .... snip ...
    >
    > Hmm, Australia: 240v 50Hz, England: 240v 50Hz.
    >
    > The only problem is that the sine wave of the power supply in
    > England is upside down, so obviously you need to fix this :-)

    No, one uses a sine wave, the other a cosine wave.

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    Might be nice to be able to plug in your monitor too...

    On Thu, 6 May 2004 23:11:14 -0400, "Pen" <pen34us@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >England is 240V at 50HZ just like Australia.
    >Just get a new power cord as the wall outlets
    >are different.
    >http://www.r-e-d-inc.com/internat/intpower.htm
    >
    >"DevilsPGD" <lalalaNOSPAM@crazyhat.net> wrote in message
    >news:fqCmc.3969622$iA2.463788@news.easynews.com...
    >> In message <<824182fe.0405061729.682b0be0@posting.google.com>>
    >> mouse_mat1@yahoo.com (Lord Chicken) did ramble:
    >>
    >> >Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    >> >want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    >> >and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    >> >overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    >> >get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    >> >cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    >> >ALSO could i even take it overseas?...
    >>
    >> All you'll have to worry about is the power supply. Some supplies are
    >> switchable, but if not, replace it.
    >>
    >> >i mean would something happen to
    >> >the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    >> >mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    >> >special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >>
    >> A friend of mine took a laptop and a desktop without any problems. It
    >> probably won't be a big issue.
    >> --
    >> I'm only a pigment of my imagination.
    >
    >

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    "Overlord" <kurt_SPAMLESS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:409c5d70.30317812@news.central.cox.net...
    > Might be nice to be able to plug in your monitor too...
    >

    Now that's thinking outside the box. <bada-bump>
  13. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "Lord Chicken" <mouse_mat1@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:824182fe.0405061729.682b0be0@posting.google.com...
    > Hey there, just a query; i'm moving from australia to england and i
    > want to take my computer with me. I was thinking of taking it apart
    > and then re-assembling it in enland. i know the voltage is different
    > overseas, so how would that affect my re-building? ....maybe i could
    > get a different cpu (different voltage)...but still keep all my add-on
    > cards (ethernet, soundcard, etc) and ram memory? ....is this possible?
    > ALSO could i even take it overseas?...i mean would something happen to
    > the electronics of the boards in an aeroplane for 28 hours?....i'm
    > mostly worried about my hard disk? should i wrap it in anything
    > special (like an iron box :) i don't know?).....
    >
    > thanks alot
    > seeyas

    I moved from Oz to England in 2001. Brought my 3 year old comp with me, just
    wired new plugs on to the original power leads. That comp is still running
    fine for my parents here.Steve
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