how do i ground my imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jjvaldez, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. jjvaldez macrumors newbie

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    Hi, just bought some ram online and i was advised to ground my computer when installing the new ram, can someone please explain how to do that so that I can change my ram, thanks.
     
  2. JonasDK macrumors member

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    I know this does not answer your question, but what I did was just to unplug the power cord, put the iMac on a table (with a soft towel in between the screen and table) and change the RAM. No problems.
     
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    Connect the power cable to a 3-pin (grounded) power socket and turn it off at the wall (the ground stays connected when it's switched off).
     
  4. jjvaldez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea i just was not sure if i could do it in a carpeted room or if i had to move it to the kitchen.
     
  5. Aspirefly macrumors newbie

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    Just touch the metal on the iMac and you will release your static electric charge and not screw stuff up.
     
  6. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

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    Being a previous computer tech, the "grounding" often refers to grounding the human body with the computer's main board - to eliminate any static electricity. In the old days, we used grounding straps (from wrist to main circuit board). Sometimes called anti-static wrist straps.

    Today, RAM chips are very stable. If/when I install more memory in my computer, I simply rub/hold my one hand on the computer's base (like its outer aluminium case) and install the SIMM chips with the other hand. Thus, "bleeding off" any electrical charges - before the SIMM chips touches the system's mother board.

    In the old days, memory SIMM chips were very sensitive to static. Today's memory chips are much more stable. As a proactive pre-cation, simply touch the computer's base with your other hand. Then, insert the SIMMs with your main hand. Thus, "equalizing" the static charges of computer and your body. Same charge = NO static = good thing.

    Works for me....

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