ESD Issues 2016-03-31T08:17:47+00:00

Hello WhiteFox Forums Support Keyboards Infinity ErgoDox ESD Issues

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  • Tim
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    Is anyone else having issues with ESD on their keyboard? About once a week I’ll sit down at my desk and get a light shock when my hand get close to one of the screws on the case. The keyboard shuts down when this happens, but it comes back up with no apparent problems when I unplug and plug it back in. Just wondering if anyone else is having issues or if there’s a simple grounding fix. Thanks!

    Jacob Alexander
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    Hmm. That’s interesting. Must be lots of static electricity there. Try putting a piece of wire between the usb connector to the computer and the plate.

    pgenera
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    Happening to me too, I just managed to hork up my desktop pretty good via ESD through the ergodox infinity – fortunately the keyboard seems okay, and rebooting appears to have brought my desktop back.

    I’ll take the keyboard apart and add a ground wire some time soon.

    _luckXP
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    I’m also having this issue. I’ll sit down after walking on carpet and touch the slave side of the keyboard on on the side to adjust its position. I think that by touching the side I make contact with the switch board layer. By doing so, that whole side will go dark. Sometimes just for a split second, but sometimes for it will completely shut down. I’ll have to unplug and replug the slave side to get it to turn back on. I couldn’t figure out what it was for the longest time, but now I’m pretty confident that it’s an ESD issue.

    How would I go about grounding it?

    Jacob Alexander
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    Basically, you’ll need to solder a wire connected to the metal plate to the metal of the usb connector. Solder a wire to a plate can be rather tricky, so it might be easier to get a clip.
    The idea is to send the shock over the USB cable shielding and into the computer itself (which is then in turn grounded to the power supply, which is hopefully discharged to the ground pin of the AC plug).

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