Solved I dont know if I bought a dead motherboard?

August 14, 2012 at 13:13:20
Specs: Windows 7, 4gb
I dont know if I bought a dead motherboard it was packaged really flimsy the part that is
bad is the motherboard was not in a anti-static wraping it was wraped with bubble wrapping so please tell me if you think I got a dead mobo. I have another question unrelated would it be safe to test this motherboard outside the case on a table boot it up with the psu and mobo on the table and with the ram and cpu and heat sink installed or do I need something more anti static like a medal rack? Sears sells medal racks for $78 bucks!

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August 14, 2012 at 13:24:34
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You can and should bench test all new systems. You need only the following hardware.

MBoard, power supply, CPU/w heatsink/fan, one stick of memory, integrated graphics or graphics card, keyboard, monitor.

DO NOT connect any other components. You can lay the board on a piece of cardboard with the case on the side with the power supply mounted in the case. ONLY connect the 24 pin main power connector, the auxiliary CPU connector, any required power connectors for an installed graphics card.

Start the system by momentarily shorting out the two power connector pins on the motherboard.

If the system posts, you can connect the case to motherboard wiring and then the remaining RAM. Test again in between additions. Then you can add drives, USB, etc.

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August 14, 2012 at 14:25:01
I prefer a cardboard table cover myself but if you have a static mat then use it along with all straps and tools and containers.

Not all bubble wrap is bad. There is antistatic and there is static shield. The shield is better. Some bubble wrap is made to be antistatic. Usually only the silver looking plastic is shield.

Paper and cardboard tend to be good choices for static and insulation but they have to be cheap brown stuff and not plastic covered.

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August 14, 2012 at 16:43:51
While paper and cardboard may be good insulators, they're lousy as far as static is concerned (ANSI/ESD S20.20). Anything which can become charged makes for a poor ESD material. As mentioned, some bubble-wrap (specifically the "pink, small-bubbled" kind) can be ESD-compliant---but if the seller was responsible, he would have sent it in a metalized, sealed bag:

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