Go Back   Hardware Canucks > CASES & COOLING > Cases

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old July 23, 2010, 09:37 AM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 30

My System Specs

Default Slight shock from case

I just got a nice used system and it's giving me a slight shock whenever I touch bare metal. Even metal of a usb cord. I think it's due to not having true ground in this old house.

I have a good UPS. What else can I check for and do you think this could damage my system?

Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old July 23, 2010, 09:46 AM
Caldezar's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Burnaby
Posts: 1,691

My System Specs

Default

It's a ground issue for sure. Although, if your house isn't grounded, I'm not sure what your options are. You could plug it in to filtering power bar, but if the wall socket itself isn't grounded, it's only going to lessen the shock, not remove it. As for damaging your PC... I'd certainly say the potential is there.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old July 23, 2010, 10:07 AM
FiXT's Avatar
Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: GVRD
Posts: 3,343

My System Specs

Default

Happens all the time to me, especially after sitting in a fabric chair.

Its more about the person and their environment than about the case.

Though the USB thing is weird, though not unheard of. I know the Sonata series of cases was poorly grounded and resulted in an increase amount of shocks when insert USB devices. It would also cause the whole computer to reset sometimes.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old July 23, 2010, 10:50 AM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,481

My System Specs

Default

Only other thing I can think of is to ask if you've got the motherboard backplate case insert installed. If you don't have one for your motherboard, you could try grounding the metal casing of the LAN port to the case.
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i5 4670K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old July 23, 2010, 11:37 AM
NaX's Avatar
NaX NaX is offline
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: earth
Posts: 41
Default

what type of shock are we talking about here
a quick static like shock (ESD)
or a buzzing continuous type shock (leaking voltage)
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old July 23, 2010, 03:19 PM
gingerbee's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Orillia, Ontario
Posts: 6,826

My System Specs

Default

no kidding a buzzing shock is real bad.static shock is normal
__________________
Fav quote "One should strive to achieve; not sit in bitter regret." Ronin Harris
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MotionJoy PS3 sixaxis Dual Shock Controller driver for Windows nige Peripherals 3 November 3, 2009 07:25 PM
Shock and awe in a 30 sec commercial Il Duce Off Topic 19 June 18, 2009 04:17 PM
Antec P182 lower fan (slight) mod possibility ZForgetAboutIt Cases 10 February 26, 2009 07:56 PM
A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case Babrbarossa Reviews & Articles from the Web 0 June 19, 2007 09:28 AM