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Electric shocks from Acer laptop - what can I do?

Posted on 2006-07-05
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I have an acer aspire 1355xv that is coming towards the end of its useful life, but remains my only machine until I get the replacement.

Recently, I have started to notice that I get small electric shocks (I don't think they're static) when I touch metallic parts of the machine, like the ethernet port, headpone jack and even USB ports on the attached hub (not that I intentionally touch the ports, but as I attach/detach things a lot, it can happen!).

This does not seem right and clearly something is needing to get to ground.  As I understand it, most laptop PSUs are not earthed, although mine does have 3 prongs to the PSU unit and is behind a surge protector.

If anyone has any suggestions what might be causing this or potential solutions, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in anticipation
Brian
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Well, you could try with the PSU disconnected and then by disconnecting peripherals (AC powered) one by one. The phenomenon sounds like leakage in an AC unit, possibly the laptop PSU, but it could be anything that connects to AC power, including external powered speakers, USB hub (if powered), printer etc. If you can find a culprip it needs to be examined.
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