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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

One of my suppliers notes that, although the power electronics they produce are robust and ESD safe, they managed to reduce the number of pre-shipment failures from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 500,000 by ...
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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

Back in the 1990's when I worked at Philips in Cambridge UK, during the walk from my desk to the EPROM eraser, about 300ft, I used my car keys to discharge static every 20ft or so to avoid a painful ...
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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

Early (1970s) semiconductors often lacked the type of ESD protection that is ubiquitous with current components, so I would argue that precautions are more important when working with older devices. ...
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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

It's hard to give an answer without any of the situation (videos) you refer to provided, as there are many ways to avoid ESD damage. The most important: don't wear plastic/gummy soles and clothing and ...
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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

Touching a radiator won't help a bit, unless the device under operation is also bolted to the radiator. The point is that your body and preferably the whole environment is at same potential with the ...
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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

Old (and new) video game consoles are just as susceptible to static electricity as old (and new) computers. If you're not grounded, you can kill your Coleco if you start messing around under the hood. ...
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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

Your claim of "super important when you open up a computer" is a bit strong and I counter that it's not. This is not to say that it's not to be considered at all, but is part of a risk ...
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Is there some reason why "grounding your fingers" is not necessary for old video game consoles?

Unsurprisingly, the same physics apply to old electronics as well as new. :) Some components are more easily damaged than others but in general nothing is safe from the tens of thousands of volts an ...
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What's the story behind IBM's SKU numbers?

Caveat: I'm not into IBM logistics, nor a blue shirt at all. This is what I learned many, many years ago when working with IBM field engineers in the 70s/80s. An SKU is a Stock Keeping Unit. It's ...
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