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Antistatic Precautions

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) results from the buildup of static electricity and can cause computer components to fail. Electrostatic discharge occurs when a person whose body contains a static buildup touches a computer component.

The equipment contains static-sensitive devices that may be easily damaged, and proper handling and grounding is essential. Use ESD precautionary measures when installing systems or cards, and keep the parts and cards in antistatic packaging when not in use. If possible, use antistatic floor pads and workbench pads.

Improper handling and/or installation practices of sensitive equipment may VOID the warranty.


When handling components, always use an antistatic wrist strap connected to a grounded equipment frame or chassis. If a wrist strap is not available, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface on the equipment. Never use a conductive tool, such as a screwdriver or a paper clip, to set switches.

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