Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:11 AM
Hello, arrived in Bangkok almost 3 months ago and my plug adapter was past its best, a few sparks on plugging in and ever since my Laptop has displayed 2 faults that suggest to me my RAM was corrupted as a result. I get a lot of audio crackling from time to time, but not all the time, and because not all the time I'm not suspecting the soundcard, but when the RAM is accessed in corrupted areas. When I boot up, if I enter my password immediately when I get to my Desktop, the timer icon runs and I can't use anything, even the clock stands still (shosing the same time even when I wait 40 plus mins), and CTRL/ALT/DEL fails to run Task Manager. If however on getting to the log on screen I wait a few mins before entering my password, Desktop opens fine and everything runs as normal. I am suspecting the corrupt ram is causing issues in background services that is causing a problem when Desktop opens, but witing a few moments first allows these services to complete. If I use the sleep function, Desktop opens fine 100% of the time when enetering the log on password immediately. I also have a some issues with streaming, but with the internet here it may not be related to the other issues and sometimes I stream a whole film, so I can't be sure.
I'm not great with REMTEST and my Laptop has no CD drive. I tried getting my head around using the USB stick option and failed. So I'm going to go with the gamble of buying new RAM and seeing if it resolves. I've changed it before on this laptop and although convoluted is well within my capabilities.
Ok, so now I am in Vietnam, and here for the long term. SO after that long winded intro here's my problem. There are no Earth pins in Vietnam and the plumbing is plastic:
How do I earth myself?
I don't have my earth strap here, so any suggesting requiring one, can I take a length of cable and stripe the coating off a length at both ends, wrapping one round my wrist and the other around around suggested Earth points