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Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
CAUTION!
ESD CAN DAMAGE DRIVES, BOARDS, AND OTHER PARTS. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU
PERFORM ALL PROCEDURES AT AN ESD WORKSTATION. IF ONE IS NOT AVAILABLE,
PROVIDE SOME ESD PROTECTION BY WEARING AN ANTI-STATIC WRIST STRAP AT-
TACHED TO CHASSIS GROUND -- ANY UNPAINTED METAL SURFACE -- ON YOUR SERVER
WHEN HANDLING PARTS.
Always handle boards carefully. They can be extremely sensitive to ESD. Hold boards only by
their edges without any component and pin touching. After removing a board from its protective
wrapper or from the system, place the board component side up on a grounded, static free sur-
face. Use a conductive foam pad if available but not the board wrapper. Do not slide board over
any surface.
System power on/off: To remove power from system, you must remove the system from
rack. Make sure the system is removed from the rack before opening the chassis, adding, or
removing any non hot-plug components.
Hazardous conditions, devices and cables: Hazardous electrical conditions may be
present on power, telephone, and communication cables. Turn off the system and disconnect the
cables attached to the system before servicing it. Otherwise, personal injury or equipment dam-
age can result.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) and ESD protection: ESD can damage drives,
boards, and other parts. We recommend that you perform all procedures in this chapter only at
an ESD workstation. If one is not available, provide some ESD protection by wearing an antistatic
wrist strap attached to chassis ground (any unpainted metal surface on the server) when handling
parts.
ESD and handling boards: Always handle boards carefully. They can be extremely
sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). Hold boards only by their edges. After removing a
board from its protective wrapper or from the system, place the board component side up on a
grounded, static free surface. Use a conductive foam pad if available but not the board wrapper.
Do not slide board over any surface.
Installing or removing jumpers: A jumper is a small plastic encased conductor that slips
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using needle nosed pliers to remove or install a jumper; grip the narrow sides of the jumper with
the pliers, never the wide sides. Gripping the wide sides can dam-age the contacts inside the
jumper, causing intermittent problems with the function con-trolled by that jumper. Take care to
grip with, but not squeeze, the pliers or other tool used to remove a jumper, or the pins on the
board may bend or break.
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