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Windows 7: How to avoid Electrostatic discharge (ESD)

07 Dec 2014   #11

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Would anyone seriously considering sticking a screwdriver inside a power supply, please make me beneficiary on their Life Insurance policy? Is the message clear?

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07 Dec 2014   #12

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
The "Right Hand" Rule

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badcrc View Post
When I worked in industry, we often had to poke around inside live machines. The rule of thumb was to always have one hand in your pocket (so not to touch the chassis) and wear rubber soled shoes, to avoid death by electrocution.
The "Right Hand" rule (keep your left hand in your pocket).
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08 Dec 2014   #13
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)

Grounding yourself is only good when what you are working on is also grounded, such as when the part is plugged into a properly grounded receptacle. If it is not connected to a true ground and on a non conductive work area, all you want to do is keep yourself at the same electrical potential as the case. If you are grounded and the case / components has a static charge there is a very good chance that you will fry something when you touch it. Art.
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08 Dec 2014   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kurdman View Post
Hey guys, the power supply is off.
Thats the problem right should turn it back on, power it up, wait for the fan to spin up, then jamb your finger into it.
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09 Dec 2014   #15

windows 7 32-bit


> People have been known to have died from a getting into a turned off PSU.
WOW, so my work has been really risky! I wouldn't know it and I'm thankful of you for that. I'll never repeat that.

Thank you.

@Wandering one:
Thanks. Have you read the post no 7 of this thread? I wrote some solution and asked you about judging it. Now the things are being complicated more and more. OK, I assume, in a work area, both of my body (ie, my hands) and the components (of the PC) should have the same electrical potential. For reaching this, For example, I touch that metal water pipe while my another hand is connected to the body of the case (of the computer). I repeat it and change my hands in turn.
Is it enough? If no, so what is best way of avoiding ESD without tools please?
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09 Dec 2014   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BIT

The best way to avoid ESD without gloves or any materials is to wait for the capacitors to loose electricity for 5-10mins and you can touch it. Believe me I do it every time and it was no hassle.
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09 Dec 2014   #17

windows 7 32-bit

You say, when I opened the case I should just wait 10 min and do nothing (no need to turning switches on/off, etc for emptying the electricity). And then start to work?
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09 Dec 2014   #18
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit

Hello.. I have always heard.. to unplug.. and then press the power button.. for 5 seconds.. to discharge.. and then to make sure i am grounded.. good luck in your endeavors .
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09 Dec 2014   #19

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

There seems to be some confusion here....

The reason for a ESD wristband (or any other means of grounding yourself) is not to protect you from the PC (getting zapped by anything in the PC).
It is to protect the PC from you!

If you are dancing around a carpeted room in fuzzy socks you are going to charge yourself with static electricity. And whether you then go and touch your wife's ear or that RAM module the result is not going to be pretty.

The reason for touching the case, or the water pipe, is to discharge any static electricity you have built up on yourself so you do not damage any of your PC components by frying them with a static shock when you touch them.
Nothing more.

Protecting yourself from getting fried by the electrical potential in any of the PC parts is a separate story.
So yes, you can wait a day or two for all electrical potential to leak out of capacitors (the higher the quality of capacitor - the longer this will take), but you would be better off just following some simple rules and don't go poking around near electricity!
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09 Dec 2014   #20

windows 7 32-bit

first of all, thanks.
You know what, you are great at introducing and familiarizing me/us with the exact thing but when conclusion you get yourself back.
Please read post no, 7. If that work is enough just say yes, the problem will be solved then.
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