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Well this is where amateur advice can hurt you. GettingGetting electronics hit with ESD will drive you nuts. The RAM gets hit most often but it will cause intermittent errors and strange malfunctions that don't always show up with diagnostics. I have spent days trying to figure out what was wrong with a ESD hit machine. The mat is to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge) which can severely damage electronic parts. Here's the Wiki on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge
Well this is where amateur advice can hurt you. GettingGetting electronics hit with ESD will drive you nuts. The RAM gets hit most often but it will cause intermittent errors and strange malfunctions that don't always show up with diagnostics. I have spent days trying to figure out what was wrong with a ESD hit machine. The mat is to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge) which can severely damage electronic parts. Here's the Wiki on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge
 
Here's my former answer on this issue: You can build up a static charge wearing almost anything. ESD (Electrostatic discharge) 1/10 the amount of a felt shock can destroy RAM and other electronic components. If your wall jacks are grounded you can discharge yourself when you sit down. Reach over and touch the center screw of the plate. If you're still worried you can buy a wrist grounding strap that plugs into the wall for under $5.00 at your local Radio Shack or you can use a grounded mat.
 
Also take a look at this: http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/8497/Electrostatic+discharge+%28ESD%29+control
 
For those that think I'm nuts please do a little study on the subject before you respond, here's a tutorial on it: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/electronics-design/esd/what-is-basics-electrostatic-discharge-tutorial.php
 
Here's more from the ESD Association: http://www.esda.org/

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Well this is where amateur advice can hurt you. Getting electronics hit with ESD will drive you nuts. The RAM gets hit most often but it will cause intermittent errors and strange malfunctions that don't always show up with diagnostics. I have spent days trying to figure out what was wrong with a ESD hit machine. The mat is to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge) which can severely damage electronic parts. Here's the Wiki on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge
 
Here's my former answer on this issue: You can build up a static charge wearing almost anything. ESD (Electrostatic discharge) 1/10 the amount of a felt shock can destroy RAM and other electronic components. If your wall jacks are grounded you can discharge yourself when you sit down. Reach over and touch the center screw of the plate. If you're still worried you can buy a wrist grounding strap that plugs into the wall for under $5.00 at your local Radio Shack or you can use a grounded mat.
 
Also take a look at this: http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/8497/Electrostatic+discharge+%28ESD%29+control
 
With due respect to rdkl, it's sloppy workmanship to not be aware of it and I would bet that he grounds himself before working on units without thinking about it.
 
For those that think I'm nuts please do a little study on the subject before you respond, here's a tutorial on it: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/electronics-design/esd/what-is-basics-electrostatic-discharge-tutorial.php
 
Here's more from the ESD Association: http://www.esda.org/

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Well this is where amateur advice can hurt you. Getting electronics hit with ESD will drive you nuts. The RAM gets hit most often but it will cause intermittent errors and strange malfunctions that don't always show up with diagnostics. I have spent days trying to figure out what was wrong with a ESD hit machine. The mat is to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge) which can severely damage electronic parts. Here's the Wiki on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge
 
Here's my former answer on this issue: You can build up a static charge wearing almost anything. ESD (Electrostatic discharge) 1/10 the amount of a felt shock can destroy RAM and other electronic components. If your wall jacks are grounded you can discharge yourself when you sit down. Reach over and touch the center screw of the plate. If you're still worried you can buy a wrist grounding strap that plugs into the wall for under $5.00 at your local Radio Shack or you can use a grounded mat.
 
Also take a look at this: http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/8497/Electrostatic+discharge+%28ESD%29+control
 
With due respect to rdkl, it's sloppy workmanship to not be aware of it and I would bet that he grounds himself before working on units without thinking about it.
 
For those that think I'm nuts please do a little study on the subject before you respond, here's a tutorial on it: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/electronics-design/esd/what-is-basics-electrostatic-discharge-tutorial.php
 
Here's more from the ESD Association: http://www.esda.org/

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Well this is where amateur advice can hurt you. Getting electronics hit with ESD will drive you nuts. The RAM gets hit most often but it will cause intermittent errors and strange malfunctions that don't always show up with diagnostics. I have spent days trying to figure out what was wrong with a ESD hit machine. The mat is to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge) which can severely damage electronic parts. Here's the Wiki on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge
 
Here's my former answer on this issue: You can build up a static charge wearing almost anything. ESD (Electrostatic discharge) 1/10 the amount of a felt shock can destroy RAM and other electronic components. If your wall jacks are grounded you can discharge yourself when you sit down. Reach over and touch the center screw of the plate. If you're still worried you can buy a wrist grounding strap that plugs into the wall for under $5.00 at your local Radio Shack or you can use a grounded mat.
 
Also take a look at this: http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/8497/Electrostatic+discharge+%28ESD%29+control
 
With due respect to rdkl, it's sloppy workmanship to not be aware of it and I would bet that he grounds himself before working on units without thinking about it.
 
For those that think I'm nuts please do a little study on the subject before you respond, here's a tutorial on it: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/electronics-design/esd/what-is-basics-electrostatic-discharge-tutorial.php

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Well this is where amateur advice can hurt you.  Getting electronics hit with ESD will drive you nuts.  The RAM gets hit most often but it will cause intermittent errors and strange malfunctions that don't always show up with diagnostics.  I have spent days trying to figure out what was wrong with a ESD hit machine.  The mat is to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge) which can severely damage electronic parts.  Here's the Wiki on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge

Here's my former answer on this issue:  You can build up a static charge wearing almost anything. ESD (Electrostatic discharge) 1/10 the amount of a felt shock can destroy RAM and other electronic components. If your wall jacks are grounded you can discharge yourself when you sit down. Reach over and touch the center screw of the plate. If you're still worried you can buy a wrist grounding strap that plugs into the wall for under $5.00 at your local Radio Shack or you can use a grounded mat.

Also take a look at this:  http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/8497/Electrostatic+discharge+%28ESD%29+control

With due respect to rdkl, it's sloppy workmanship to not be aware of it and I would bet that he grounds himself before working on units without thinking about it.

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