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Just wondering what problems can happen if I were to place a computer in an environment partially full of static.
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bsucally it can harm the transistor, data, electrical components. Doesn't always cause noticeable and quick damage but rather cause them to degrade quickly
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I work at an electronics plant and ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) is public enemy #1.

The shocks you get from touching a doorknob, etc is more than enough static to fry an active component if it gets zapped.

As long as you're not opening up the case in this environment and messing with the components inside, you might be ok. But, if you're getting shocked everytime you touch something metal on your case or the PC shuts off when you plug in something (USB, etc) then that's not a good thing either.
    
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What if the case is closed completely?
Also I have a static resistant wrist attachment, will that help during static situations?
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I find the wrist bands unnecessary, just touching a metal unpainted part of the case will suffice.
post #6 of 7
static charge can only do damage to components if it discharges on them(then theres a high probabilty of damage, but again that depends on how big of a discharge it is)

if you can keep your case grounded and you wear the wrist attachment that grounds you then as long as you are carefull to ground all the tools (basically touching the metal by hand before handling with the tools) you should be safe to keep/play around with the case and components inside ...

but you have to be carefull where you place your components when they are not in the case...

in short ... its safe to have a pc in zone where theres a lot of static charge, as long as you ground your portable disks, usbs etc to the case before you put them in ... i would avoid handling with components (like replacing hdd, ram, cpu etc) in such an environment though
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When my friend took off the plastic that was covering his new cooler master scout case, he said he heard a lot of popping sounds which was static. The cae was completely closed. Will he have any problems? The wiring inside for example? He's really concerned.
Edited by ragtag7 - 11/6/11 at 9:17pm
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