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Old 09-01-2009, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So after three days of having my new HP Pavilion Elite, I reached around to plug a USB cable and received a slight shock on the skin at my wrist. Further investigation I found that all the screws on the back of the PC (around the back panel) are this way. If you put your Finger on them you can feel a slight charge. If you put more sensitive skin (for example the underside of your wrist) you get a slight sting.


My Desktop is connected to a Surge/Back Up Battery BUT that unit is plugged into a wall which has no 3rd (ground) hole. I use an adapter.


Now my question is this. Would THAT cause some sort of back feed? or is there just some sort of short in my Desktop and I need to get it exchanged?


Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Turn it off and return it before it causes a fire.
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Now my question is this. Would THAT cause some sort of back feed? or is there just some sort of short in my Desktop and I need to get it exchanged?


Thanks in advance for your help!
Yep, that'll do it. I'm pretty sure that somewhere (maybe in the manual) it will say only to use grounded outlets.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well after I posted this I continued my investigation. The outlet that I was using (like I mentioned) did not have a Ground port/hole. So I turned the PC off and the feed increased (another words it was twice/three times more powerful) so I got a short extension cable and ran it from my hall way to my PC. This one had a third Ground plug (though we can only assume it in fact has the required wire) I connect it to my Surge/Battery supply. I could not find any shock/sting/energy on any of the back parts where I felt it before. So I connected it back to the original wall and right away I felt the electricity in those areas.


So now I'm on a different outlet all together. I'm VERY glad I found it this morning. If I had decided to connect my USB cable (to charge my cell phone) to a front port, I would have not found this.


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On a more general note you should never ever use any appliance, let alone a computer (full of expensive, delicate parts), without proper grounding. Ever. .com. Any short in the appliance could have severe consequences.

Get that plug changed!
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Pretty much if it has a grounding plug, you should be using a grounded socket. It's there for a reason.
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Masoner seriously bro. One wrong move and zaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap.

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