Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two objects caused by contact, an electrical short, or dielectric breakdown. One of the causes of ESD events is static electricity which is generated by for example walking on a rug, rubbing a plastic comb against dry hair, ...

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Static electricity - Our computers were covered with black trash bags for about six months, is that bad?

A laptop and two desktops have been covered with big trash bags to protect them from dust for quite some time. Is there any danger of anything getting damaged from static electricity? Is there ...
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What's the risk of ESD damage moving an already built PC?

I am aware of the risks of ESD damage when building a PC. But what about moving an already built PC (where all the components are installed in a closed PC case)? I want to take a PC, pop it into a ...
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Other places to ground oneself without exposed case metal?

In a computer case, if all portions of (easily accessible) case metal are painted, without having an ESD wriststrap, where else can can one touch to ground themselves to the case? If I put my tongue ...
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Using electrostatically charged air filters on computer fans? Will I just be blowing charged particles into my case?

I've searched long and hard to try to find a straight answer to this question, but there seems to only be information on how electrostatically charged air filters work (you know, the kind you put on ...
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USB 3.0 static discharge?

I built a computer last year and for the most part it's been working fine. However, there is one particular usb 3.0 port on the front that's been giving me headaches: when I plug in my portable hard ...
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ESD Wrist Strap Connection Location

We have some workers who say that the wrist strap is too short to plug into the receptacle on the ESD mat, so, they claim that it is fine to just clip the the ESD wrist strap to the mat, closer to ...
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USB grounding issue with every port

Almost every time I plug in a USB device, it will lock my computer up, leaving me with a completely unresponsive black screen, with everything in the case still operating (fans, drive, lights, etc). I ...
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How can I check if an anti-static wrist strap works?

I bought Belkin's anti-static wristband but i must be sure it works, since sometimes people report getting units that are defective or do not work in reality. I have laptop only. How to check if ...
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Static electricity on my PC, and crash on USB key touch

My PC is a bit weird: Sometimes, I can switch it on just by touching the front side near the power button. Very fun in fact, I love it! But sometimes, when I connect a USB key, the PC just crashes. ...
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Has static fried this chip?

I have just attempted to replace an LCD screen on a laptop. Before reassembling everything I plugged the new LCD in and switched things on to check the screen worked. All was good. I then put ...