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I hope my response will help you here. First of all, it's unfortunate that your friend lost his/her computer to power surge but first rule of thumb is to protect your computer properly. You need either a good surge protector or a battery back up unit with AVR, the key is AVR. I have built many computers for clients ranging from $300 to $20000 servers. A battery back up unit with AVR always goes with each system. Now for the AVR to work your electrical system must be grounded. I had a client who asked me to build a $10000 server to his business but didn't want to spend the $2000 for the electrician to ground his server room. Guess what? I turned down the good paying job. I would be a fool to take that job.
Now comes to the Z-5500. I must have purchased over 80 of them for my gaming clients. Most answers on this thread is correct. Yes, the Z-5500 can remember settings BUT these are default settings which as you turn the system off, if you are using these default settings, they will be kept. On the other hand, the system has no setting memory retaining capability so any settings you had when turning off the main power to the system will be reset to default after the system is power back on after a little while. I avoid any problems for my clients who just play games and not so computer literate in other areas, I leave them as close to default and that is 6 channel direct analog connection. The digital decoder, sort of, on the Z-5500 is horrible in term of sound quality. In addition the humans ears can only hear analog reproduced sounds why try to complicate things. If you really want to use digital, buy a real external decoder with some inexpensive Polk audio home speaker system.
For me, turning off the main power reset the volume to zero, this indicate that the system does not have memory retaining capability. But since all other settings are default, nothing else changes.
I hope my response will clear things up.