[nSLUG] CD/DVD installation

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Fri Jul 27 10:17:50 ADT 2007


At the risk of being flamed, someone told me years ago that it's better
to leave the system plugged in so that it and, indirectly, you, are
grounded, and there's less chance of static discharge damaging
components when handling them.

Was this bad advice?

-Robin Murray

On Thu, 2007-07-26 at 13:37 -0300, Dop Ganger wrote:

> On Thu, 26 Jul 2007, Jeff Warnica wrote:
> 
> > I didn't see it mentioned before: Dont just turn off your computer,
> > but unplug the power supply as well. Even "off" power runs to the
> > motherboard. And while I've never toasted a whole board, I have killed
> > at least one drive plugging things into an "off" motherboard.
> 
> Good call. I've killed the IDE interface on a motherboard that way, too.
> 
> Another note - don't unplug the power and then immediately start 
> plugging/unplugging stuff; the capacitors hold a charge for a while, 
> depending on the idle draw and the quality of the PSU (higher rated PSUs 
> have bigger caps which hold a charge longer). Most boards have an LED 
> which will drain remaining current and go out when it's drained; there 
> will also be a "chirp" sound. Until the charge is drained from all the 
> caps the board is still live (and I've seen some boards take up to 30 
> seconds to fully discharge).
> 


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