Originally Posted by philhalo66
but why does my ram say not to touch the gold pins?
Because of Electro Static Discharge (ESD) damage. Its not that it will happen every time, but it could happen.
When I was in Exploisve ordnance Disposal, we followed many safety precautions with electric firing blasting cap setups. You had to ground yourself before touching the wire leads of the cap and not drag the firing wire once it was laid out because of the possibility of static discharge. Can static discharge set off a blasting cap (when capped into explosive like C4, that is bad if you are doing the setup)? yes it can. How likely is it to happen, 1 in 100,000. But is that a risk you are willing to take? No...
ESD damage to computer hardware is the same. People often wear grounding straps around their wrists when working on computers just because of that 1 in 100,000 chance of damaging a sensitive electronic component.
Originally Posted by Flux
...just don't go rubbing it on your wool carpet. Static will kill ram.
Silk and Goretex also pose a hige risk with static buildup. So dont wear silk boxers when building a PC Edited by ericeod - 1/6/10 at 9:22am