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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Stephen, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. James1991

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    :roll:

    :laugh: i do that every now and then(cant be bothered turning it off) :confused: i just put mine back in and they work again(with it still on)
     
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    Just don't wear any wool or cotton clothing, wash and dry hands and ur off to go.
     
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    Hahahaaa - love redefining hot-swappable!
     
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    That's nothing. I once, while drunk out of my mind, decided it was a good time to re-do my PC while intoxicated. I didn't seem to remember that I left my PC running while I was out. I pulled out my CPU. I heard a quick beep and a total system failure. :eek: Being that I was going "WTF!?", I decided to reinstall my CPU while the PC was still running... :shadedshu
     
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    Maximum Intelligence right here everyone ^^^^:laugh:
     
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    I damaged a mobo by walking on carpet then not grounding myself when i came back and for some reason i toutched the chipset HS and saw a spark then followed lots of artafacts and unstable system then bout a month later followed no post
     
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    What's funny is that I remember seeing the CPU cooler's fan run, but I didn't pay any mind to it...
     
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    Yeah i was dizzy once and i thought my case fan was a toilet so i peed in it and the pee spurt right back at me for the fan spinning. Then i was like "oo orage juice". Mom came in" What is that yellow stuff". Orange juice. Mom wepted it off and smelled it .." omg urine!!?
     
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    hmmmm.... best to lock your computer in a room before you go getting drunk next time then:D

    :wtf:
     
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    In every build I've ever done I've never used an anti static wrist band. You really dont need them at all just don't wear any socks and touch the bare metal in you case. You should be fine.
     
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    i've built PC's on carpet/beds/bedsheets for years without any issue.

    TBH, its not the static that kills them - its random dust and debris falling into the slots, or solder points catching on carpet and getting damaged. seriously, you'd need rubbing slippers on carpet to get this to be a problem - if your PC is in a case and you are touching that case, you and the PC have the same electrical charge - there is no discharge, there is no damage.

    "static electricity killed your PC" is computer techie lingo for "i have no idea why its broken, but i'll charge you $150 for it anyway"
     
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    Do you even know how WRONG that sounds? On topic: I've never used a static wrist band, never had an issue... even built computers with my dog walking by and bumping into me.
     
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    i've had my cat up on the desk sniffing the parts:wtf:
     
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    I did it wearing socks on a carpet once. I wore gloves and an anti-static wrist band for good measure, though.

    Usually I do it in the kitchen with my wristband connected to the dish washer. Works out pretty well.

    Edit: Yes, this does come out kinda wrong...
     
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    lol, see how I can just twist a little normal sentance and make it so wrong... blame it on the inlaws, lol
     
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    But... did it live?
     
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    Overshare! :laugh:


    Honestly I've never had an issue with static, though we spend tons of money at work and put our manufacturing folks through hours and hours of training every year on ESD. I'm not sure what to make of it tbh........
     
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    I think that the "party line" is that ESD does not always destroy the device in question. It can weaken the device which then fails at some later point in time. Usually the actual failure can not be traced back to an earlier ESD event so it gets labeled as just "device X failed" with no known root cause.

    So if ESD destroys it in the factory then it gets picked up in testing and has no customer impact. If ESD in the factory "weakens" the device then it show up later as a customer return with unknown device failure then there is cusotmer impact which is bad... since it was conceivably preventable by better ESD practices in teh factory.

    That's the theory anyways. I don't work in the field return area so no idea how frequent these "unknown root cause" failures happen.
     
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    That actually makes a lot of sense. We build missiles and other warfighter components, and to us a failure in the field could mean a life or two, so we take it very seriously. That would explain the intensitiy with which we train our manufacturing folks. Thanks.:)
     
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    that almost sounds signature worthy! lol... anyone?
     
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    I built the computer yesterday and I'm using it now so I hope it's fine.

    All I did was touch the psu every so often.

    Oh and I almost dropped the cpu lol
     
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    Heh, I dropped a HDD yesterday. Luckily, in this case, the 'HDD' was a CompactFlash card in an adapter :D
     
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    I dropped my 5kBE about 2 weeks ago i put it in and it worked just fine clocked it up to 3.2ghz even :laugh: CPUs can take some abuse but i would still be easy on them

    BTW what are the specs of the rig?
     
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    I've JUST (today) - built my own computer without any static equipment. Make sure you;

    - Keep it on a wooden table (All the components)
    - Make sure you don't put your grubby mits on the connecters
    - Touch the case every now and then

    And bingo :)
     
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