Static Shock Damaging?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JurgenWigg, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. JurgenWigg macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2006
    I first noticed this about a week ago, but when i'm trying to come back from screensaver on my MacBook (about 1.5 years old) after i walk into my room, i touch the trackpad and i get shocked! After that, the keyboard and trackpad dont work, but it's fine after restart.

    Is this damaging? Can i prevent it?
  2. joegomolski macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2006
    So CA
    Static Shock Damaging?

    To correct this problem ground yourself before touching your MB.

    Do you have carpeting? Is it winter outside? Do your hands fell like rough sandpaper?

    It's then real, real dry. And dry and walking across carpet, etc. will produce a static charge.

    So touch something else first!

    As to will this harm your MB? Don't know, but why experiment.
  3. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    This could eventually cause issues with the computer. Definitely ground yourself before touching the computer. Also picking up your feet more when walking on carpet helps. I got a nasty shock (or gave my MBP a nasty shock to be more correct) after skidding across the carpet. Just touch something metal before you place fingers on the computer and you will be alright.
  4. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Static shock from vacuuming on carpet will kill the internal ethernet port when it's close to ethernet cable laying on the floor ..

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