Beware the Static Shock!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by emjosta, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. emjosta macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2010
    So I'm at a client tooling around with my late 2008 Aluminum MacBook. Carpet. Cold, dry weather. Are you getting scared yet? Go to pick it up off a table and zzzzzzzpt! Shocked the hell outa myself and apparently my MacBook. I grabbed it on the right hand side and the static charge must have discharged through the slot loading cd rom drive. Now it won't charge. Battery and Mag Safe brick tested fine at the Apple store. They're going to swap out the Mag Safe port for $110 first and then the flat rate repair for around $380 if needed. Note to all Aluminum MacBook/Pro owners. Ground yourself, or plug in the grounded PSU brick.

    FML no laptop for work. I'd like to thank the engineers for coming up with design materials that encourage you to break your own laptop. Genius revenue model. It's not like I'm touching the inside of the machine. Gimme a break. Plastic netbook here I come. $1600 for a lightning rod. BS.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you discharge static into a port it doesn't matter what the casing is made out of.
  3. emjosta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2010
    Didn't really discharge into a port. I'm guessing it was the optical drive. I can't really touch the inside of the optical drive. Something has to bridge that jump. The metal case. I just know I touched the right hand side of the bottom half of the laptop. Are you telling me anyone who picks up their aluminum macbook between november and april in northern america without grounding themselves can expect to fry it?
  4. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008

    No electrical charge is going to travel from the case to the mother board, if you don't believe me how come there isn't 16.5v of constantly coursing through your wrists as you rest them on the notebook?

    The same reason movies like Wanted and books like that really old one are so prevalent, ignorance.
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Can't say I've ever been zapped by my Aluminum Unibody MacBook...I always use the 3-prong extension cord, so maybe that's why?

    I doubt your grounding out on the case killed the charging circuitry, probably more along the lines of the charging circuitry kicked the bucket and shocked you when you grabbed the case...but I have been wrong before *shrug*
  6. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    They would obviously sufficiently insulate the METAL case from the METAL components, apple isn't THAT retarded -.-

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