Powering down completely before doing repairs/upgrades/tests

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NoviceTechie

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I know I have numerous posts up, but I didn't want to mix the questions on the same thread. I hope that is okay.. I have an M3n78 PRO mobo, and it does have a green indicator light to show that power is on or being supplied to the motherboard. The light is always on, as long as the PSU's switch is flipped on. Okay, tonight I was testing Memory by plugging it into different memory slots. I had 2 sticks to test. My normal procedure was to power down the PC and flip the power switch on the PSU itself. On a few occasions I forgot to flip the power switch, but I did ensure the PC itself was "off," and I just replaced the memory or reseated it as necessary. On retrospect, now I'm worried forgetting to flip the PSU switch would cause a shortage or some electrical problem somewhere. My question, is this something to worry 'bout? or am safe by the fact that the PC was turned off (just not powered off from the PSU)?
 
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Before any computer component is removed or installed the machine should be shut down either by unplugging the machine from the source, or turning off the power supply and the capacitors discharged by pressing and holding in the POWER ON button for approximately 30 seconds.
 

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It used to be in the old days I would swap memory with the system OFF and still plugged in so it would be grounded. Today with modern mb, you cannot do that. As you have seen pw is supplied to the board even though it is OFF [This is how wake on LAN works]

As to whether or not you damaged something, pw ON and see how it works. If it works OK, then do not worry too much about it.
 

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Everything seems to be fine. I'll be watching for any errors or weird behavior. To be safe I ran memtest for a good 7 hours and the RAM was fine. Curious though, I've always been told to power down the machine, but keep it plugged in. Then I'm supposed to flip the power switch on the PSU itself, to act as a grounding mechanism. Is there a better way to stay grounded?
 

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Glad it works OK for you.

FWIW here is what I do when working/building a machine;
1 Work on a hard floor not carpet
2 Ground myself by touching a screw on a wall socket ie the screw that holds the plastic plate on. This removes any static charge from me.
3 Most important Use common sense and do not handle parts by the contacts I do not use a wrist strap or anything like that and have never fried a part with static.
 
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I guess everyone does repairs a little differently. As I stated in post # 2; the machine should be shut down either by unplugging the machine from the source, or turning off the power supply.

I have a UPS at my workbench and I simply shut off the UPS. The machine stays grounded since it is always connected to the UPS. So I don't have to bother with touching anthing to discharge myself, and for extra protection I use, and have always used an antistatic mat. I just attach the alligator clip to an out of the way metal portion of the chassis. Besides adding antistatic protection it is also a nice surface to work on.

Just take whatever precautions you feel necessary to protect your customers machine. If you are flashing BIOS's make sure you always have the machine connected to a UPS.
 
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