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why is my computers shocking me?


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#1 ythao01

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:15 PM

So I just completed my first pc build and for some reason when I turn it on it shocks me and now I'm scared that I might break my pc. it doesn't feel like a static shock it's more like a electrical current it going through my hand. Like one of those shocking pen or gum toys.

I'm pretty sure my not shorting out my MoBo or anything although I did buy it on ebay and it is a few years old. Could it be that? Or could it be a malfunction in my PSU?

I first discovered this when I touched my hdd while it was in the hot swap bay.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 07:48 AM

Is the power plug connected to a grounded outlet?  Meaning not using a adapter to connect to a two prong outlet.

 

Did you use the standoffs for the motherboard?



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:27 AM

Yes im using the stand offs. I think I found the problem. My extention cord is connected to a surge protector which is connected to a 3 pin to 2 pin adaptor but the adaptor is not grounded.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:29 AM

That is probably your issue.  You don't have a ground, so when you touch the machine you become the ground.  You need to properly connect the machine to a grounded outlet.  Not being properly grounded is a safety issue you're lucky you've only gotten small shocks.



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:59 PM

thx for the help



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 01:00 AM

This also may not good for your hardware in the long haul, your components not having proper grounding. 

 

It's OK & good to be plugged into a surge protector or UPS, but it has to be grounded. That ground prong is there for good reason. 

 

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 02:17 PM

This is a typical "ground loop" type of fault that will destroy your eqyupment, piece by piece until it is resolved.  USB cable, VGA cables and any other external peripheral that  has its end device grounded(?) are not intended to carry AC current.  The ground loop also is compounded by non-polarized  two prong plugs and NO grounding at the outlet.  This allows for the neutral and hot sides to be reversed and putting the full 110 volt AC potential on the chasis.   DANGER, this can can kill.






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