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Hey guys, just wondered what precautions you take when dealing with the mobo in and out of the case. I just rebuilt my PC and encountered a chassis intrusion error on my mobo...(the jumpers were in the correct place for this error to not occur). I had to reset CMOS to fix it. I had created this thread about that initially. Anyway, IF i had shocked something i dont know how as i was wearing an anti static wristband aswell as placing the mobo on an anti static bag.

So, what do you guys reckon?
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touch the case before handling anything inside your machine. don't open if on carpet.
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People say to ground yourself by touching case before touching any components that could be damaged by static discharge.
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post #4 of 11
Electrostatic induction doesn't happen often, but it can happen. Stay away from walking around on carpet with socks on and always touch the metal part of your case before touching anything.
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Place your components on Styrofoam, put on some plastic slippers and slide around on the carpeting for a few minutes making sure you dont ground yourself and then slowly extend your finger out to the contacts on your gear...

KIDDING!

I was just talking about this to someone on a gamer forum. He was all freaked out about destroying his new components with static while assembling them. I told him that my method is to do my electronics assembly barefoot on a stone or concrete floor. The best way to prevent static from damaging electronics is to not have static build up in your body in the first place. If you have an all carpet home and plan on wearing a strap, going barefoot or wearing leather soled shoes will help prevent static buildup before it can be a problem and the strap is a fail-safe.
    
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post #6 of 11
ive never taken any steps to protecting, and i prob touch at least one piece of hardware a day.

never had anything break.. static discharge is such a rare occurance. but it could just be becuse of where I live..

back in the day i took an athlon xp out of a board brushed my cat with it for a while, then picked the hair out and put it back in the board. and worked fine. im not even ever scared of breaking anything with static.
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ive never taken any steps to protecting, and i prob touch at least one piece of hardware a day.

never had anything break.. static discharge is such a rare occurance. but it could just be becuse of where I live..

back in the day i took an athlon xp out of a board brushed my cat with it for a while, then picked the hair out and put it back in the board. and worked fine. im not even ever scared of breaking anything with static.
I agree, but I still take precautions to make sure I am not a walking Leyden jar ready to zap something. I suspect it would take a pretty good zap that would make an arc and hurt your finger in order to actually damage anything.
    
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I heard somewhere that the outside of antistatic bags actually build up static??!?!?? Either way, just keep yourself grounded, and touch your case a lot to discharge static often if you're worried.
Edited by yaywafflez - 8/19/11 at 12:59pm
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I have carpet everywhere but i was barefoot, and touched the case aswell as an anti static wristband.

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I heard somewhere that the outside of antistatic bags actually build up static??!?!?? Either way, just keep yourself grounded, and touch your case a lot to discharge static often if you're worried.
Interesting point about the outside of anti static bags. Can anyone confirm this? Ive always seen people placing mobos on anti static bags in vids?
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nteresting point about the outside of anti static bags. Can anyone confirm this? Ive always seen people placing mobos on anti static bags in vids?
further proves my point that it really doesnt matter.
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