[MA-SOC] Care & Feeding of Your Computer

R. Torres rtorres81 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 12:04:31 EDT 2011

I remember when people used to joke about repairing computers with nothing
on but a anti-static wrist strap to avoid static messing up the computer.

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:59, Michael Haney <thezorch at gmail.com> wrote:

> If you do have to open your computer case and mess with the internal
> components its a good idea to get a anti-static wrist strap.  They're
> very inexpensive, maybe $2 or less, and they have a cord with a metal
> clip you connect to the computer case.  This allows any static
> discharge to go to the case and not the delicate components inside the
> computer.  My friend has a big anti-static mat he can roll out and
> ground whenever he need to work on his computers.  We used it when we
> built my gaming PC not long ago.
> Also, you should only try this yourself if you feel comfortable.
> Between the CPU and its heatsink there is a substance called Thermal
> Compound.  This is a heat transfer material that allows heat from the
> CPU to reach the heatsink.  Too little thermal compound between the
> CPU an heatsink is the #1 reason why Xbox 360's often die with the Red
> Ring of Death.  Its due to overheating.  This compound dries out and
> hardens over a number of years and as it does its heat transfer
> properties weaken.  Its a good idea to clean off the old compound and
> put new compound on every 5-6 years.  This is delicate work, so if you
> aren't comfortable with doing it yourself most computer shops will do
> it for you.
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