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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock

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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock
    We have two 24Imac's that we are presently running. Several times throughout the day we get shocked when touching the metal keyboard. I purchased a antistatic chairmat - but the shocks continue. Has anyone experienced the same and found a solution?

    Thanks!

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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock

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    that just happened to me yesterday... it kind of scared me..

    Maybe you could get one of those clear plastic chair mats to roll your chair on?

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    Wow! What a strange problem you both have!

    I keep getting electric shocks in the apartment, stepping out of cars, etc. all the time (and man, do I ever HATE it!!!) but so far so good with the wired Alu keyboard. Although we do have hardwood floors, no carpet.

    Do you use the wireless or wired model?

    Are your floors covered in carpet? That would indeed increase electrical build-up...

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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock
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    I've been noticing that problem too. I have a plastic chairmat but it doesn't make a different.
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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock

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    Laws of physics. Other than getting a plastic keyboard (or maybe a humidifer) then there's not much you can do.

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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock

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    you could always spray some static guard on your keyboard!







    JK! hahah

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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock

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    I bought a anti static chairmat - did not do much. I really like the aluminum keyboard - aside from the shock factor.

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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock
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    I use the aluminum keyboard every day at work and I've never been shocked.

    Have you tried picking up your feet when you walk? That's what always gets me.
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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock

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    Yes me and several co-workers and friends I know have the same problem on the metal keyboard, I switched to a plastic G3 Mac Keyboard but the metal case of the CPU still shocks me if I get to close to it, this seems to be a common problem.

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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock
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    I have the aluminum keyboard and never got a shock. Maybe the difference is that I don't wear shoes in the house so with just my socks on with a carpeted floor you can't get shocks. Try removing your shoes on the carpet where the computer sits.
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    Metal Keyboard Static Shock

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    We bought a couple of Macs last year and have been experiencing 'static' shocks from the iMac's metal keyboard. It is more of a continuous shock though, as if it needs to be earthed. The same applies to the actual CPU/screen's metal surround. This, when touched, vibrates electrically, again as if there is a problem with the earthing wires. We have been using one of those keyboard "zCovers" purchased from the Apple store which helps me but the kids just toss this aside as typing is such a drag with it on.
    My MacBook Pro also has that electrical vibration to its metal casing!

    We have ceramic tiled flooring, no rugs or carpets and always walk barefoot - we're still 'shocked'.

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