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Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by boise49ers, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. boise49ers

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    I am about to replace 2 mother boards. My last attempt turned to shit. I am going to do it in my garage this time bare footed so there is no chance of static. Can I use magnetic screw drivers or is that a no no ? I just don't want another month of RMA's. I'm going to get some insulators this time too, and put a little elmer to hold them into place. Any other idvise will be helpful. What grounds the mother board if you insulate it ? The power supply7 ?
     
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    Are you sure it was static electricity? I've never killed a component from static electricity, and I've never really taken any big precautions against it.

    I use magnetic screwdrivers sometimes, but the one I've got is really weak. Just don't wear socks on carpet and do it. I usually work on stuff on my desk from my leather chair, or on the hardwood or tile floor. I've run my entire system off of a shipping box.
     
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    Yes you can use magnetic screw drivers... keep your case handy and make sure to touch it often on the bare metal... you will actually store a charge and by touching it, it will in turn ground you.
     
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    Cool thanks I 'm just paranoid. I'm still gunna do it my garage barefooted that will make me feel better. This time of year I'm usually barefooted at home anyway.
     
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    the motherboard will not store a charge only you will so touch something to ground yourself often. They sell anti-static bracelets if it is that big of an issue... i know i would be paranoid if i zapped one of my components!
     
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    Yeah my big quad upgrade got shot dpown and I just don't think I can take it again:D
     
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    I've never taken precautions against static and never had problems. I've also always used a magnetic screwdriver.
    Hypothetical one: could a magnetic screwdriver kill, say, a bios chip if held near it or on it?
     
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    I use a magnetic screwdriver, and I take no precautions against static... I work on the carpet with socks on, and the case laying down on the carpet. I just touch the case often to discharge any... charge.
     
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