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Discharge of static electricity which can potentially damage sensitive electronics

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How to connect anti-static wrist straps without a desktop PC case

I looked up tutorials on how to use an anti-static wrist strap and they all seem to tell me to connect it to a desktop PC case while having the PC turned off but plugged in. I need to open up my ...
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Protect computer from static electricity

I have an issue with static electricity, that isn't so annoying as it is worrying. When I'm cozy at home, I like to wrap myself in a blanket. Because of that, I build up a lot of static electricity. ...
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Unplug laptop when upgrading?

Some laptop hardware upgrade/repair tutorials advise unplugging, others to keep it plugged, latter arguing it provides a continued discharge path for built-up static electricity. This reasoning makes ...
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Monitor/screen that blanks due to static electricity in my chair

I come to you today for a rather special request, but you may be the best people to answer it. I am a developer and I have an Ikea standing desk (automatic one) in an open space. I have a big static ...
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Can a metal case sitting on a metal desk damage my pc?

My steel tower case is too tall to fit on the bottom shelf of my metal desk. If I remove the rubber feet it would fit perfectly, but then the bottom of the case would be sitting on the bare metal of ...
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How to avoid having to Power Reset my laptop each time I use it

Each time I use it, I cannot power on my Acer E5 unless I do a "Power Reset" first. If I remove the battery and A/C adapter then hold down the power button for 30 seconds, my laptop will turn on. ...
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USB ports get disabled by hub due to EMI?

I am seeing the following message in the Linux kernel log: usb usb1-port5: disabled by hub (EMI?), re-enabling... After that USB devices are disconnected. In some cases they reconnect immediately, ...
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What are the effects of connecting a laptop to an outlet without ground?

I'm working outside from time to time, and my cord extender doesn't have a ground pin. What should I know about the effects of using a laptop without an outlet that has ground?
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Is it safe to vacuum or blow with manual pump a PC if the nozzle is grounded ?

From what I read, static charge can be built up by the dust going against the plastic of the pump/vacuum, hence the risk of doing so. But if I simply connect the plastic nozzle of the pump/vacuum to ...
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Static shocking my case causes USB to fail for a bit. Should I be worried?

It's that time of year again where I frequently find myself stocking things with static electricity. The only grounded object around my desk that I can use to discharge myself is my computer case. ...
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Is ESD a serious risk on modern machines?

I heard that static electricity was a serious concern a couple of decades ago. However, many computer builders now don't seem to bother with things like electro-static discharge (ESD) straps or other ...
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Why does my PC awake from sleep when random, unrelated objects get static shocked?

Okay this is really bizarre. Just recently I noticed that when I touch objects sitting on my desk and receive a static shock, my computer (desktop tower on the floor under desk) awakens from sleep. ...
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Damaging Mainboard/CPU with a overhead transparency?

So yeah.. I recently accidently bent some of my LGA1150 CPU pins and the seller won't replace it, so I have to fix it by my own. What I'm asking myself is, Can I damage or short out my mainboard by ...
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Display signal cuts out due to static electricity

I have two monitors hooked up to a Thinkpad T450 using Displayport MST, and every once in a while, the signal would cut out briefly before coming back. I had no idea what the issue was, and I ...
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Can static electricity from carpeting damage a laptop

Is there any danger of damaging a laptop from static electricity by sliding it across long carpeting? Just using it on long carpeting?
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Mouse settings reset from static electricity [duplicate]

I drag my feet on my floor, I hear static buildup/zapping sound in my earbuds and I get the device disconnected/connected system sounds from windows and all my mouse setting reset to factory defaults (...
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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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If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that stop unwanted static discharge? [closed]

If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that be good enough to de-static-ify myself before handling a motherboard and CPU?
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Building my very first PC, how much of an issue is static?

I'm building my very first PC and I'm happy to say all the components are on their way! (I checked and double checked they'd be compatible first). I've read and heard from my friends all about this "...
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how serious is the risk for electro-static discharge damage? [closed]

when repairing computers and handling the various electronic parts inside, how serious is the risk that electro-static discharge damage will occur if one doesn't take precautions? I have heard of ...
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Plastic gloves to protect from electro-static discharge?

It is often advised when repairing a computer that one should use special anti-static bracelets to protect the electronic parts from electro-static discharge. Would plastic gloves or latex gloves (e....
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How can I reduce static electricity while using laptop? [duplicate]

Often at winter time I receive an static electric shock from laptop. Also it happens when I sit on the chair with a lot of synthetic fiber. I have this problem with my laptop which has metallic ...
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Static electricity or PSU

I have a Desktop tower, 2 Monitors, a printer, a router and a set of speakers hooked up to a power strip. The powerstrip is connected to a wall outlet (3 pin). Everyday I switch off the powerstrip in ...
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static electricity binds pages during printing

I have a Dell 1135n desktop printer. It has the option of 2-sided printing. This feature requires that I print one side and then manually turn the pages over to print the other. Unfortunately, in ...
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Material to use for computer system cover against UV and salty air? [closed]

I live right next to the sea and have a large window quite close to my computer setup which allows a lot of indirect sunlight to enter. I'd like to buy or make a cover for my computer system. From ...
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Electric shocks to USB cable

I have a USB cable that I plug my iPhone into while I'm at my desk. Often when I reach to plug it in, there is a small electric shock (especially during winter). Will this damage anything? I know ...
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Using anti-static wrist strap to ground against laptop

I want to do laptop maintenance and looking to ground myself with an anti-static wrist strap. How, or where, do I ground myself to the laptop? Where can I find a grounding point in order to not make ...
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Which static electricity prevention tools do actually work? [closed]

I need a device that would discharge static electricity from my body in order to safely work with electronics. I have looked and found some that interested me, but I don't know whether they work: ...
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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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Do I need an antistatic bag when mailing a CPU?

I am about to send a used CPU I sold on eBay to the buyer. I do not have an anti-static bag handy, and they seem to be difficult to come by in shops, at least in my neighbourhood. I could place a ...
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Why should I not keep things producing static electricity near my computer cabinet?

My Dad suggests you are not supposed to keep anything that produces static electricity nearby your computer. Why would this be advised? If true, which things produce static electricity? How far ...
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Role of Anti-static wrist wrap, Applying thermal solution , cleaning if spilled , and other necessary precautions, protecting your motherboard

Hello I am a newbie in computer hardware, I am little bit confused on How much Thermal Solution is to be used. Also where to put thermal paste on the heat-sink or processor or on both? I read there ...
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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 ...
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Should I use an antistatic wrist strap when changing the RAM on my laptop?

I am about to upgrade my laptop's RAM and I'm concerned about using an antistatic wrist strap. Is it smart to use one or not very necessary? What are the chances I could damage my laptop?
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Why does my PC sometimes power down when I shock myself on my desk?

I've always been cursed with the ability to develop a static charge very easily. It's never caused problems just sitting at my keyboard before. (I always discharge before I get inside to tinker) My ...
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