The Silent Killer! The effect of ESD(electrostatic discharge) on Computers!

Philippines
March 12, 2010 8:08pm CST
Any opinions about dead PC's? Why in years of using your computers suddenly it comes to end, when you turn on your pc, the power supply will run, the fans will run, the video card will run but your pc still wouldn't turn on. We know there are many causes that makes a pc not to run or turn on. And when you brought your pc to a repair shop and they couldn't fix it, after changing some other parts one by one, they come to conclude that your pc is dead or your motherboard is dead, means you have to change it. And one of the main reason to it is ESD or electrostatic discharge, with just a very small amount of flow of electric current can damage micro circuits in your motherboard and can even kill your pc in time. Through research in the internet there are ways to avoid static discharge when adding hardware to your pc or ways of handling your pc. But one thing I haven't found yet is how to avoid static discharge through usb ports from printers and other external devices, because scratches when inserting a usb can also create static discharge and other devices that we connect to our computer like cellphones that have electricity itself or sudden turn on of a printer connected to a already turn on pc can cause a sudden electric current or static. What should we do about this? Should we put grounds to our pc, monitor, printer? Am I just over reacting? Can anyone enlighten me about this?