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Poll Results: Do you still follow antistatic procedures?

 
  • 18% (9)
    Yes
  • 82% (41)
    No
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post #41 of 46
I went through 3 boards and 3 cpu's recently and this got me wondering...did I screw those up? This was honestly, the very 1st time I've ever had issues w/ a cpu in over a decade of abusing those things.

I mean, I keep a humidier on, don't wear wooly socks, try to touch the pc every now and then. But if anything, I would think I'd of killed the RAM or GPU too and not just the board and cpu.

Happily though, the new board and cpu are working perfectly. So glad to be stable again. My trip to Haswell has been a blaze of glory! thumb.gif
post #42 of 46
I just touch the case (aluminium) in between handling components, isn't that enough?
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post #43 of 46
I do have an antistatic wrist strap, had to buy it for a computer engineering course I took but I've never used it outside of that course. I just make sure I touch a metal part of the case before working with anything. I'm not super paranoid about anything though and I don't freak out if I forget.

I've built many computers, changed/upgraded dozens of components, and done things like change thermal paste many times and I've never once fried anything. I spilled some water on a brand new motherboard once when I was putting a watercooling loop together and even that didn't cause any issues, I just soaked up what I could and let it air dry for a bit.
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post #44 of 46
I've never done any of the "correct antistatic procedures" and I've never fried a thing tongue.gif. Honestly I dont know anyone who has ever fried anything from static headscratch.gif
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Holy necro! biggrin.gif
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post #46 of 46
LOL @OcN13

@recent posters - I have seen stuff fried with static before. It's easier than you may think. Touching the metal case can be enough, but only if the case is earthed/grounded via a power cable or something. Just touching a case alone, which isn't grounded, won't rid you of all static. Most chip bus lines (think memory data and address lines) have diodes on them, which can get fried with roughly a 5KV pulse. And considering its relatively easy for the average person to build up a charge of 10KV+, the risk is there. It is unlikely though if you have recently grounded yourself, and lets face it, most peeps working on a machine will have touched the case before unplugging it, thus discharging any static, and are hardly going to build up a charge high enough to zap anything while opening their box. But be aware, it can happen.

I personally used to work on PC stuff without a strap, instead relying on constantly touching a grounded piece of metal. More recently, I did get a strap, and do use it if i'm handling sensitive stuff for any length of time. (mostly memory or GPUs - I find memory chips tend to be the most sensitive). Back in the days I worked in a workshop, I've seen a few static casualties, a couple of which I was guilty of. Moral is - if you're handling stuff you can't afford to replace, you're better to be safe than sorry. smile.gif
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