Is this a concern?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by renzokuken24, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. renzokuken24 macrumors newbie

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    My late 2008 Macbook Alum has these dents:

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    I know it's caused by rough use (I don't put any protective covers on it..now it's been 5+ years).

    I remember a few months ago while using it, my hands could feel something...electric current maybe, I don't know. It's still working great, apart from getting slower when using Photoshop, but I'm reluctant to upgrade yet (maybe next year). But if the dents leak electric/power, is there any way to stop it? Putting a cover or something? Or is it time to replace it?
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    It's called pitting and its a reaction between the aluminium and your sweat
     
  3. renzokuken24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply. Does it cause leaking?
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    You mean the tingling. If so that's due to your Mac not being earthed. The only time it's earthed is when you use the apple supplied extension cable with the power brick. It's completely normal and won't kill you.
     
  5. renzokuken24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, tingling! Although it kinda hurt. Like being buzzed.

    That's good to hear, thank you so much. So it's not the machine, but my power port not being earthed, is that what you meant? Would using a surge protector help? (Sorry if this sounds very newbie-ish)
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    No it won't help.

    When you use the stubby plug on the power cable it's not earthed so you become the computers earth. If you use the 1.5m cable that apple provides that is earthed and should stop the tingling.

    Or

    You could install one of the many plastic skins (Palm guards) that will stop your contact.
     
  7. renzokuken24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok. I always use the 1.5m cable from Apple. I think I'll get a palm guard.

    Thank you so much for your help :apple:
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Strange. Have you tried other sockets in the house? It should only occurs when plugged in and unearthed.
     
  9. renzokuken24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There's an electricity problem at my house. A repairman that I called for fixing a washing machine found that there's electricity leaking on our microwave outerpart. He recommends us call someone to fix coz he suspects there's a problem with wiring.
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Ah sounds like the house has a bad earth supply. That explains why your not earthed on the extension lead.
     
  11. renzokuken24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah. Our lighting switches are touch-controlled, probably they don't last long because of poor wiring.
     

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