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My MacBook Pro shocks me, literally!

Discussion in 'Apple and Mac OS X' started by MYK, Jan 3, 2007.

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  1. MYK

    MYK Newbie

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    This is a link to the electrical problem I keep mentioning around here. Is this enough to have it returned/replaced? It's really irritating!
     
  2. hollownail

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    Interesting. Maybe I have had that then. I just thought it was my forearm nerve going weird. It only seems to happen when mines on my glass table and my forearm is moving across it. It only happens above the dvd drive. Unsure if it happens when it's unplugged though.
     
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    gridtalker Notebook Virtuoso

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    Very interesting. I have never heard of this happening before
     
  4. Wooky

    Wooky Notebook Evangelist

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    Weird. I guess you are picking up electrostatic charge, which then is discharged via the metal finish of the macbook pro. If it is so, then it is not the notebook's fault. If is actually the notebook which is generating a discharge, then you may have a reason to return it, but it's pretty difficult to be certain.
     
  5. iwantamac

    iwantamac Notebook Evangelist

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    Mine doesn't do that. But I got mine yesterday.
     
  6. hollownail

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    Yeah, again, I've only noticed this like, 3 times. Come to think of it though, I think I was also sitting on the floor.
     
  7. Tolland

    Tolland Notebook Enthusiast

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    Electrical Problem? hmm...how strong is the shock?
     
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    xprohx Notebook Evangelist

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    I have had it happen a few times.
     
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    cypark621 Notebook Enthusiast

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    using the three prong will ground it, getting rid of the shock problem.
     
  10. hollownail

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    Thats a big negative. It happens with the 3 prong. At least, I think I was using the 3 prong. I don't normally use the 2 prong one at home.
     
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    Of course, it needs an actually grounded eletrical circuit for it to work...
     
  12. hollownail

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    I have properly grounded electrical circuits. I have a heavy duty surge prot that I plug it into.
    I'll test again to see if I happened to be using the 2 head duckhead. I'm pretty sure I wasn't though.
     
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    appletech Newbie

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    Myself and a fellow tech are experiencing the same issue. We both work for a large organization, which is 80% Mac. We recently received new MacBook Pros (dual platform administration from one laptop is so convenient).

    The electrical shock seems to come from the front top edge of the laptop. I have used an AC plug tester to verify good grounding to my outlet, am utilizing the 3 prong adapter, and use wifi so I have no other physical connections to the laptop.

    In the past I worked on arcade games, and have experienced identical (albeit more pronounced) shocking sensations when one of my units had faulty grounding. I experienced a wide variety of electrical shocks working on commercial electronics, they all have unique characteristics.

    My voltmeter's battery is dead, but I'd put money on the metal frame not having continuity with the third prong on the adapter.
     
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