My MBP is Shocking Me!

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  1. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    Every time I touch my mbp near where my arms rest, my MBP is shocking me quite painfully. and at the bottom.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Try using the Magsafe a/c extension on a grounded outlet. It should have shipped with your MBP. The flip-out plug slides out of the powersupply, then slide in the extension.

    There are a few threads on this subject with more details on why this happens.

    Hope it helps.
     
  3. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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  4. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    My MBP shocks me everyday. I still can't believe how fast it is:D

    Sorry to make light of things...just couldn't resist. Have you tried using a different outlet? If it still does it, and you're using a grounded cord then I would think there has to be a wire loose inside that's making contact with the base and thus using it as a ground. My advice would be take it to Apple.
     
  5. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Your getting a shock becuase you are generating static electictricity. Just lifting you arm will generate massive amounts. The sweat layer covering your body turns you into a conductor. When you touch your MBP you discharge the static to the metal chassis of the MBP (which is earthed).

    I don't know how to prevent this.
     
  6. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    Is it a shock as in "run around on carpet with socks on and touch a door nob" shock? Or is it shock as in "I wonder what happens when I stick a fork in an electric socket" kind of shock?

    Continuos or just once?
     
  7. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is continuous painful electrocution. It's a very sharp pain. Doesn't matter if I'm plugged in or not, though its stronger if I am plugged in. So more like a i just stuck forks in the wall outlet. (which I did when I was real young...)
     
  8. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Wear some rubber gloves perhaps?
     

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  9. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    Take it back. I doubt it's an intentional usability feature...
     
  10. Ludaru macrumors member

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    tried to: Turn it on, pull the plug and use the battery - till it dies. Then reboot with the plug.
     
  11. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Its not the machine giving you shocks. Your generating a large amount of static. When you touch it the static discharges to the MBP from your body.

    EDIT: Get someone else to touch it to see if they get the same problem.
     
  12. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    Answer:


    I would Call Apple.
     
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    If it's doing it when it's not plugged in, and it's continuous (not static), I would definitely take it to Apple.
     

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