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DarkSchalie

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Any one know of a good alternative to anti-shock straps for computers? They don't carry them around here, which is dumb, since I'm upgrading my old computers memory, and I don't wanna get shocked.

Side note, anyone know where the RAM is located on a Compaq Presario 5333CL? Old computer, but can run 7 with a memory upgrade. Already ran the upgrade advisor and it said the only problem (besides Aero, which I don't care about on an old computer) was a memory upgrade.
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Any one know of a good alternative to anti-shock straps for computers? They don't carry them around here, which is dumb, since I'm upgrading my old computers memory, and I don't wanna get shocked.


I am afraid you don't understand the purpose of anti-shock straps. They are not to keep you from getting shocked. They are to keep you from shocking and destroying sensitive parts in the computer! Every time you wiggle around in your clothes, you build up static electricity in your body with enough potential to destroy ESD - electrostatic discharge - sensitive devices like CPUs and memory modules.

To keep you from getting shocked, unplug the computer from the wall. And don't open the power supply case - there's no user serviceable parts in there anyway.

To keep static from destroying your sensitive computer parts, unplug from the wall, then touch the bare metal of the case interior before reaching in, and many times (preferably, constantly) while in there.

You will see it when you open the side of the case. The RAM chips are mounted on small circuit boards about 4 inches long by 1 - 2 inches wide.
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