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Windows 7: Easy fix for a pro?

21 Aug 2010   #11
ste20man

Windows 7 Home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Hi Mitchell.

That sounds important.

Can you let me know how to be static free?

I sound nothing like an untuned tv and so ends my knowledge base.

Cheers,

Ste.


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21 Aug 2010   #12
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ste20man View Post
Hi Mitchell.

That sounds important.

Can you let me know how to be static free?

I sound nothing like an untuned tv and so ends my knowledge base.

Cheers,

Ste.
What a good thing you came back. Could save untold damage to the chips in your PC.
We all carry a certain amount of static charge in our bodies, modern homes make this worse with carpeted floors and synthentic soles to our footware. You may be aware of kids (and many grown ups) rubbing a balloon on a man made fibre jumper (Is that the right word in US) and the balloon then "sticks2 to walls and ceiling like glue. This is due to a static electricity charge . It's that static electricity that can destroy the micro chis in a PC especially on memory modules. When you uy a memory module it will always be in a special envelope that is static free and will carry a static elec warning. Well it should do, if it doesn't don't buy it!
What you need to do is connect yourself to a good known earth and then touch the metal frame of your PC once the side is removed. Make sure is the bare metal you touch and not a painted surface. That will earth the static in your body. The power should, of course be off to you PC and the power lead removed. You can buy special "Earthing straps" which are very good especially if you are going to make a habit of dlving into the innards but a strand of copper wire will do just as well. We have earthing wire in the UK that has a Yellow and green striped plastic cover. That's what I use but not sure what is available in the US. A bare strand or two of copper wire will be fine.
Some users take a chance and don't bother with the strap but they may be lucky, I for one carry a lot of static, I often get a tiny shock when opening the car door.
Don't take chances, electricity is dangerous stuff especially the static sort as that follows you even where there is no electricity supply!

So sorry, just checked, thought you were in the US. I now see we are both this side of the pond!
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