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Windows 7: How to safely open Computer Chassi?

14 Jul 2010   #1
AssaultRifle

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
How to safely open Computer Chassi?

Its been unplugged for about a week now. I don't have an antistatic wristband atm, and I need to tamper with some things in the chassi. How could I do it without killing myself or my computer?
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14 Jul 2010   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Actually opening the case requires no special treatment.

If you plan to actually fiddle about with the components, then keep one hand on a metal section of your case to discharge yourself.
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14 Jul 2010   #3
AssaultRifle

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Actually opening the case requires no special treatment.

If you plan to actually fiddle about with the components, then keep one hand on a metal section of your case to discharge yourself.
Lets say my hand slips or something. How badly will I injure myself? I don't care much for the computer, its like 10 years old and I found it in a trash can.
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14 Jul 2010   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

normal advice is to keep it plugged in, but not powered up.

that way you can earth yourself on the case before you delve in.

please do correct me if i'm wrong - that's what i do and have never owned a wrist-strap.

or do not all countries have an earth connection/lead?
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14 Jul 2010   #5
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Honestly, you won't do yourself any harm. Keep the PC plugged in, but switched off at the plug.

Unless you actually fall into the computer and bang your head or something, I can't see you doing yourself any harm. Discharging yourself is to protect the computer, not you
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14 Jul 2010   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

sometimes you can scratch yourself on badly made cases - that's all.
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14 Jul 2010   #7
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

if its on and you touch the power supply (or components?) then you'll get a jolt. otherwise, latent energy wont hurt you. there should be no risk of electric shock. You touch the metal frame part to discharge you. There is way more potential for damage to the components.
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14 Jul 2010   #8
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
sometimes you can scratch yourself on badly made cases - that's all.
And this ^^^^^


dont rub balloons on your head and socks on carpet.

Also, if Doc Brown keeps talking about 1.21 jiggawatts and wants to hook up an antennea to it to get it up to 86 miles per hour..... do it..... trust me
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14 Jul 2010   #9
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AssaultRifle View Post
Its been unplugged for about a week now. I don't have an antistatic wristband atm, and I need to tamper with some things in the chassi. How could I do it without killing myself or my computer?
Start with a screwdriver. After removing some screws the side should come open. Just don't touch anything inside. You have then safely opened your computer chassis.
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14 Jul 2010   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've been doing computer admin work for 25+ years and have worked with hundreds of systems, servers, etc. It's extremely rare that I have an antistatic wrist band anywhere near me. Sometimes I touch the case or metal to make sure I am discharged, most of the time I do not. I have never had any problems, or injured myself touching a computer case or inside of a computer with the exception of catching a finger on a sharp piece of metal that cut me open.
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