No anti-static strap, what do I do

September 17, 2005 at 14:02:02
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Okay I know youre probably sick of hearing about this but I need this to be cleared up. Can someone please tell me if I am doing this right.

I want to open up my computer and I don't have an antistatic wrist strap, I am going to unplug the computer. Turn off the little black switch at the back of the computer. Open the computer up and keep a hand on the metal case.

WIll this be good enough to not cause any static charge and screw up my computer?


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September 17, 2005 at 14:03:36

oops I meant to put this in hardware.

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peter49 September 17, 2005 at 18:00:04

Leave the PSU plugged into the wall but do shut it off in the back of the unit.Touch metal before you open the case to discharge static elec.
Wear clothes that do not build up a charge(cotton).Touch metal every once in awhile.
I work inside my case a lot and never use an anti static strap...just extra care!!

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#3
September 17, 2005 at 19:53:02

Okay thanks! But I am kinda confused because people on this forum say to unplug the computer, and so does the computer technician guy that I got mine from.


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#4
September 17, 2005 at 22:29:44

Don't be confused...if the machine is plugged into the wall, any static has a direct path to ground thru the cord. If it's not plugged in, then it's a crap shoot as to the path any static might take in an attempt to reach ground.

Follow the advice from peter49.

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#5
September 18, 2005 at 05:41:06

Perhaps another little trick that you can use is this.

If you have a anty static bag left over from your board or other components, just touch the inside surface of the bag with your hands the bag will absorb any static you may have...

Same goes for the foam that you can find in the mother board box, very safe to use when working.

Dont stand on carpet when working in the box, place the rig on a hard surface such as the kitchen bench or glass table perhaps, wood floors are good for standing on etc.

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#6
September 18, 2005 at 19:12:02

Very good advice Janos...

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#7
September 18, 2005 at 19:22:24

Thanks Skip !!

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#8
September 19, 2005 at 10:37:26

Actually, technically, "officially", all above answers are incorrect to eliminating ESD (electrostatic discharge).

ESD prevention deals with having you and the equipment you are working on at the same electrical potential.

On the other hand, I have work on my computer many times without an anti-static strap.

DO NOT EVER use an anti-static strap when working on a CRT display. (monitor, TV)


You can get an anti-static strap if you have a local Radio Shack and if you are concerned

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#9
September 19, 2005 at 14:46:46

"DO NOT EVER use an anti-static strap when working on a CRT display. (monitor, TV)"

Good point...the very real potential of getting hit by 35,000 volts exists. A "ground probe" should be used first to discharge high voltage.

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