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Grounding guidelines
Electrostatic discharge damage

Electronic components are sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). Circuitry design and structure determine the degree of sensitivity. Networks built into many integrated circuits provide some protection, but in many cases, ESD contains enough power to alter device parameters or melt silicon junctions.

A discharge of static electricity from a finger or other conductor can destroy static-sensitive devices or microcircuitry. Even if the spark is neither felt nor heard, damage may have occurred.

An electronic device exposed to ESD may not be affected at all and can work perfectly throughout a normal cycle. Or the device may function normally for a while, then degrade in the internal layers, reducing its life expectancy.

CAUTION:To prevent damage to the notebook when you are removing or installing internal components, observe these precautions:
  • Keep components in their electrostatic-safe containers until you are ready to install them.
  • Use nonmagnetic tools.
  • Before touching an electronic component, discharge static electricity by using the guidelines described in this section.
  • Avoid touching pins, leads, and circuitry. Handle electronic components as little as possible.
  • If you remove a component, place it in an electrostatic-safe container

Bron: HP