new motherboard ruined?

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  1. Posts : 15
    Ohio
       #1

    new motherboard ruined?


    i was sitting at my desk checking a new motherboard i ordered out. i grounded myself prior to touching it, then put it back. a little bit later, i was holding the motherboard, checking it out (it was inside the anti static bag), then my finger touch the back of the board (there was an opening where i cut it earlier). is the motherboard ruined now?
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  2. Posts : 57
    Win 7 Pro 64Bit
       #2

    dont panic matey you have to give it a pretty hearty whack of static too kill it ive handled loads over the years never killed one yet i guess ive been lucky if in doubt build your system on the table before shoving in your case
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  3. Posts : 1,760
    Windows 8.1 Industry Pro x64
       #3

    Merely handling the board isn't going to cause static shock. The only time I've had static shock I could see it and feel it. After that I had smoke coming out of the back of my floppy drive. The best thing that you can do to prevent static shock is to use a grounded wrist band and stay off of carpet or wear shoes.
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  4. Posts : 15
    Ohio
    Thread Starter
       #4

    U think its OK?
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  5. Posts : 10,485
    W7 Pro SP1 64bit
       #5

    modelcars87 said:
    U think its OK?
    Your board is probably fine. As townsbg mentioned, wear a wrist strap to stay grounded when handling things like this. Wearing certain types of shoes while on carpet can create more static than being barefoot.


    townsbg said:
    Merely handling the board isn't going to cause static shock. The only time I've had static shock I could see it and feel it. After that I had smoke coming out of the back of my floppy drive. The best thing that you can do to prevent static shock is to use a grounded wrist band and stay off of carpet or wear shoes.
    townsbg,
    "Merely handling the board" may not create a static buildup, but that is not the issue. A static charge can already be on the human and then discharge thru the board. We have no way of knowing how much charge was present when the OP touched the board. If you can saw/felt a static discharge, then the static discharge was many times the voltage level that can harm electronic components. The vast majority of components can only handle a static discharge of around 2000 volts. Somewhere around 4000 volts, the device's protection circuits can fail and the device gets damaged. Walking across carpet can generate 35,000 volts of static charge.

    That said, once a device is mounted on a board, it is harder to damage it via static discharges. Device damage usually happens when humans (or robots) handle a device prior to mounting it on a board. If a human develops a static charge while holding a device, the damage usually happens when the device is being put down. (e.g. as the device is being put down - the corner of the device touches some grounded surface - this allows the static discharge to travel from the human - thru the device - and rapidly out to the grounded surface.)

    Board manufacturing facilities go to great lengths not to have grounded surfaces that allow for rapid static discharges near where devices are going to be handled. Board assembly surfaces are made from materials that allow any static buildup to be slowly discharged to ground.

    Once a device is mounted on a board, it is harder to get the static charge to travel thru any one particular device. In the OP's specific case, any static buildup on the OP that might have been transferred to the board probably did not have had a rapid discharge path to ground via the board or one of its devices.
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  6. Posts : 3,187
    Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
       #6

    Hook it up and run it. Beats guessing.
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  7. Posts : 15
    Ohio
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Someone said that even if was damaged it can still run. It will just run slower or die fastet
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  8. Posts : 15
    Ohio
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Faster
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  9. Posts : 3,187
    Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
       #9

    If it actually had static electricity damage I think you would find out fairly quickly. Set it up and test everything. Every USB port, all SATA connections, etc.

    I'm assuming you are concerned about returning it. If you can't get it to glitch after a thorough workout I would not worry about it.
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  10. Posts : 15
    Ohio
    Thread Starter
       #10

    OK. Thanks
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