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Q: Using a Magnetised Screwdriver on a Motherboard

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      28th Jul 2003
In message <(E-Mail Removed)>, Ed <(E-Mail Removed)>
> On Sun, 27 Jul 2003 12:37:13 -0400, "NaTaS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> >sorry for interupting, but i heard on a show on the techtv network, "the
> >screen savers" that, a magnetized screwdriver is not harmful to equipment,
> >because the harddrive has a very large magnet in it anyway. i am not sure
> >of this, i have never tore a harddrive apart to find out, but just relaying
> >what i heard.

> Is that show still on? , haven't watched it in a long time!
> My IBM deskstar that died after 6 months and the replacement drive I got
> died in 8 hours,(yes 8 hours), so I tore it apart, there was a magnet
> inside and it is a *very* strong one, makes a hell of a fridge magnet!
> Ed

Very similar experience with both my IBM drives except both the repl drives
from Hitachi lasted nearly a month and the RMA process took nearly 3 months.
After doing the math IBM and Hitachi both ****ed me hard.

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      23rd Feb 2011
Originally Posted by Robert Hancock View Post
There's nothing on the motherboard that could be affected by a magnetic
screwdriver. The only thing that might possibly be affected would be the
hard drive, but the magnetic field strength of a screwdriver should be far
too low to do any harm.

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> Hi,
> Im about to remove my A7N8X Deluxe motherboard from my computer case to
> install a heatsink fan.
> Ive typically been using a standard non magnetised screwdriver in the
> but am thinking about using a magnetised screwdriver to remove and
> the motherboard in and out of the case.
> I know static electricity is a danger but will the manget effect of the
> screwdriver stuff up my A7N8X Delkuxe?
> thanks in advance
> Eyman
Im sure if the bios connectors on the motherboard were to make contact with a magnatised screwdriver the bios would short out and reset, there is also a slight risk of shorting out a cpu chip if any of the pins were to make contact with the 'magnatised screwdriver'. If the cpu chip was to be shorted out by static electricity that cpu chip would be 'dead'.

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      23rd Feb 2011
Using a magnetic screwdriver is a risk. If the screwdriver makes contact with the bios connectors,The bios will reset, also if a static discharge were to occur to the cpu chip resulting in it shorting out, that chip woud be dead, and could be costly to replace.
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