Installing a New Video Card - Page 2 - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Monitors, Printers and Peripherals
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-29-2004, 03:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 807

Devices such as wrist straps, anti-static mats.. work by slowly draining the electrical charge on your body so that when you begin working on the PC, you minimize the risk of "zapping" a component by mistake. The 'Zap' that you hear is the discharge of excess electrons. i.e. your body has a negative charge after rubbing your feet on the carpet... the pc is neutral. that's why you hear the zap... the giving off the extra electron.

Actually i should modify my last statement by stating if you don't have such a tool i.e. anti-static wrist strap, then it's preferable to touch a metal post in your home (something that's GROUNDED) before working on your PC . When you unplug a PC and open up the case, you're working on a ungrounded device... and if your body had built up a sufficient static charge, the discharge could be fatal enough to harm a component inside.

That is the whole purpose of the aforementioned tools.

Lone Wolf is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:10 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.