[nSLUG] CD/DVD installation

Jeff Warnica jeff at coherentnetworksolutions.com
Fri Jul 27 12:20:08 ADT 2007

In any case, it doesn't matter. You don't need to be grounded to the  
literal ground, just at the same level as what you are working on.

Quoting Daniel Morrison <draker at gmail.com>:

> On 27/07/07, Dop Ganger <nslug at fop.ns.ca> wrote:
>> On Fri, 27 Jul 2007, Subscriptions Robin wrote:
>> > 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.
>> This was the case years ago, with AT power supplies. ATX power supplies
>> have a "soft-on" feature (similar in principle to standby on a TV) so they
>> are still drawing a small amount of current even when they appear to be
>> off.
> Best case scenario: your ATX power supply has a master power switch (on
> the back) in addition to the regular 'soft on' power switch (on the
> front).
> Then you can switch off the master power switch, wait 10-30 seconds for
> the capacitors to drain, and work on the system, still plugged in and
> grounded.
> However some cheaper ATX power supplies lack a master power switch, so you
> can never really turn them off without pulling the plug.
> -D.
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