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Any way to protect my electronics in a rented house with no grounded outlets?

I'm renting a place that's older and has no ground on any of the outlets. I thought a surge protector might help some, but a storm yesterday fried my desktop, my hard drive with all my downloads, and ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro Earthing Issue

I have the original 128GB Microsoft Surface Pro. However, when I plug it in to charge, I get small electric shocks from the corners of the device. I have already tried different power supplies. Could ...
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AMD Phenom II x4 940 Black edition Pinout?

So I got an AMD Phenom II x4 940 Black Edition. The number on it is HDZ940XCJ4DGI. It uses an AM2+ socket. I think the important part is the socket, but I'm not sure. I'm trying to find the power and ...
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Power Supply case measures 75V?

My friend showed me his dead computer. When I powered up, the green LED on the motherboard didn't even come on. He had bought a new $40 500W power supply and he wanted me to install it. I did, and ...
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Earthing: Is it important for laptops

I live in a hostel where there is no grounded/earthed connection. Will it harm my laptop or charger?
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What Can I Do With US Laptop's Power Plug's Ground Pin?

DELL Latitude E6420 that i have got in USA has this plug: While i have these 2 UK adapters: Usually neutral and live fit, but ground pin creates here a problem as the plug won't fit into israeli ...
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Using Anti-Static Wrist Strap - How To Ground With Laptop?

When i want to do laptop maintenance i want to ground myself with anti-static wrist strap. But how do i ground myself to laptop? Where can i find grounding point in order to not make mistake and spoil ...
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Which part of laptop is better to use for discharging static?

I don't like when static zaps me from keyboard or mouse or some random metallic part of casing, so I often touch some grounding before resuming working with the computer. However, it often disrupts ...
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Laptops without ground loop noise

I use my laptop with an external/Pro sound card. The biggest problem I have is that of ground loop/hum/noise when the laptop is plugged in. I don't want to 'lift the earth' fix as this is pretty ...
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Ground cable question [closed]

Since the DIY forum in area 51 is in the private beta stage, i think this is the site to ask this question, a very easy one. I've this adapter And let's just say that I can't screw the outlet ...
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Front USB Port Grounding Issues

I think I have a static electricity problem. I have two computers in my house and a fiancé that wears fuzzy socks. Sometimes, when she plugs in USB devices into the front ports of her desktop ...