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  • OT: can you be killed taking apart an unplugged PC?

    I didn't think there was anything in the sealed power supply that wold hold that much voltage?



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    Don't take apart the power supply and you should be fine. Of course, life is fragile and you could die at any moment anyway.
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      • #4
        That kid had to have been in the power supply I have never heard of a MB that zaps ya. I always thought your static was the PC killer...
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        • #5
          I wouldn't imagine there are voltages over 120 or capacitors that are very big inside a PC. Either some detail is left out or that kid had some kind of pre-existing heart condition. Maybe he was wet.
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            Weird. He had to have been dismantling the power supply for some weird reason.
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            • #7
              Computer power supplies are now commonly 750 watts and above, so I'm not surprised. It's not like power supplies are truly "sealed." They're vented, so there are a number of ways for someone who's curious enough to make a big mistake.



              This will probably result in a lawsuit, followed by stronger and clearer warnings on power supply housings.
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              • #8
                Best practice is to unplug the PC then press the power button to discharge any power that might be stored in the capacitors. That is a good practice when working on anything inside a computer along with touching the metal case of the power supply to discharge static. Still not a good idea to mess around too much in the power supply. I have replaced a number of fans inside them though.

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                • #9
                  I always worked on them plugged in, not on though. This way they were grounded and the static didn't kill the board.

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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by ugameus
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                    I always worked on them plugged in, not on though. This way they were grounded and the static didn't kill the board.




                    Yes that sounds like a good way to zap yourself.



                    I imagine this could spell the end of easy-open cases that you don't need a screwdriver for.
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                    • #11
                      Anything that plugs into the wall can kill you.

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                      • #12
                        OT: can you be killed taking apart an unplugged PC?



                        I guess that depends on who the PC in question belongs to



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                        • #13
                          I work as an IT guy in a hospital. Only the power supply can kill you as far as I know, I've yet to be electrocuted by anything else (or at all) knock on wood. Every power supply is housed in a metal casing and should have caution labels on it telling you not to stick a screwdriver in it or try and take it apart.



                          Rule of thumb is, never **************** around with a power supply even if its unplugged. If the power supply is the problem replace the power supply.



                          Taking out ram, hard drives, dicking around with the motherboard etc.. is safe, although I would disconnect the power supply from the motherboard if you plan on replacing capacitors or anything of that nature. This will ensure you don't **************** the motherboard up and make damn sure you don't get a painful shocks (though extremely unlikely)



                          He likely accidentally stuck something into the power supply. Pretty crazy though, I suppose anything is possible, especially with faulty equipment.

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                            Quote Originally Posted by noisebloom
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                            Computer power supplies are now commonly 750 watts and above, so I'm not surprised. It's not like power supplies are truly "sealed." They're vented, so there are a number of ways for someone who's curious enough to make a big mistake.



                            This will probably result in a lawsuit, followed by stronger and clearer warnings on power supply housings.




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                            • #15






                              Quote Originally Posted by docjeffrey
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                              Anything that plugs into the wall can kill you.








                              I guess you could choke on it

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