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    no. the cord of the ac adapter is always the same.. what changes is that there are sockets on the wall that are grounded, other's aren't. when i connect to the sockets on the wall that are grounded the ac adapter doesn't become so hot like when it's connected to the sockets on the wall that are not grounded..

    this is what we use in portugal (and most part of europe) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...and_socket.png
    as you can see, on the socket and those metal thing on top and bottom.. that's what we call 'the ground'

    here you can see a socket without the ground. in this ones, the ac adapter becomes hotter! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../26/C_plug.jpg

    P.S. i'm sorry for my english, i made a confusion between socket, plug, outlet..

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    Thanks for sharing the outlet photos, 380mcn. I learned what I need to do if I travel with my laptop to Europe.
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    one should know that we (europeans) all use from 210 - 240v and everything works on that range.. the problem are the connectors! sometimes having several coutries developing and pushing techonology at the same time make standard go away (germany, uk, switzerland, france, italy, spain) . in the case of conectors usually there is european, france and uk. lol. the uk are the most strange IMHO. 220v but with a fuse inside every socket!

    the british http://img.en.china.cn/0/0,0,313,183...0,33b4e7b7.jpg
    the french http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...wer-socket.jpg (which is very alike like the ones i showed to you - the difference is that the ground is a big metal conector, instead of 2 small metal things like the ones i showed earlier.

    a draw of the voltage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:We...frequenzen.svg
    a draw of the plugs: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...eckertypen.svg

    we are all lucky because the AC adapter is 110-220v. if it wasn't, if i wanted to go to US i should have to buy the entire Asus AC adapter instead the outlet adpter!

    that's the problem of lack of standards.. the biggest one was the 'war' GSM / CDMA
    Sometimes people/coutries develop a new way of making things just to be different.

    update: i think CMDA was made just to be different and help north american industries to flourish.. because cdma is dying.. (IMHO)

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    When I got a BlackBerry global phone, the charger came with several different interchangeable plugs for the different European countries. I was less certain about grounded vs. ungrounded outlets. I'm glad you cleared that up for me. If I'm plugging in my PSU in Europe, I want to be sure it's a grounded outlet.
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    grounded or not grounded, it will always work, but as you can expect, in case of thunderstorm / lightning / you are not protected in case of a surge..

    you may not know but for small electronics (phone chargers for instance) the plug usually is not designed to be even grounded.. in this case neither the plug of the socket are grounded! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../26/C_plug.jpg

    only for bigger equipments are the ppugs more robust and ground ready: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...acomterra.jpg/
    terra stands for ground
    neutro stands for neutral i think

    if you re coming to europe you should know this lol http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=184

    update: if you have a europlug and want to travel to uk you can directly insert the plug. in the 3rd hole stick a paper clip! otherwise it won't plug!

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    Does your screen flicker when plugged into an outlet with a good ground?
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    even grounded or not grounded the ac adapter hasn't become very hot.. only warm.. the heat may be the conversion that the ac adapter is making in 220v - 110v.. but this explanation of mine is a shot in the dark!

    UPDATE: my 1st laptop was a compaq with the ac adpter made in the USA. and is was always very hot.
    these asus i think is made on Taiwan.. (220v)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRd1st View Post
    Does your screen flicker when plugged into an outlet with a good ground?
    my screen always! flickers lol i think it has a passion for disco!

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    Why don't you pm Brian@ASUS and ask him if he thinks Asus will do that screen change, for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dstrakele View Post
    When I got a BlackBerry global phone, the charger came with several different interchangeable plugs for the different European countries. I was less certain about grounded vs. ungrounded outlets. I'm glad you cleared that up for me. If I'm plugging in my PSU in Europe, I want to be sure it's a grounded outlet.
    i once had a motorola V66i (triband 1900-1800-900mhz) and the charger was 110v - 220v and it was like this http://www.ipmart.com/contents/produ...ic/pic_ex3.jpg
    i had to search the box for an adapter.. lol, i have never seen an american plug until then

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