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    Can a van der graaf generator kill a promethean board?

    Hi,

    In one of our science rooms, we've just been called down to find a promethean board dead. It worked before the class was using a van der graaf generator apparently. Its a new ish board (eg 6 months) that only connects to a laptop USB. No light on the board, no USB insertion noise, etc. The generator was also apparently affecting the projector, making it go 'flickery'.

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    Meldrew

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    Yes, maybe... but I doubt it would kill the power supply. So I'd sort of expect some signs of life.

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    Seems possible as the static electricity could have jumped some contacts and blown an internal fuse in the PSU hence no power, when I was in secondary skl the teacher busted a Netgear Metal Access point that was on the roof with a VanDerGraaf the NM was not so happy and had a bit of a

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    Static electricity = bad for electronic devices so yes entirely possible.

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    Sounds like a challenge worthy of finding out!

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    Not the static, but the radiated broadband EM pulse.

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    Yup no one should run one anywhere near delicate electronics like whiteboards or laptops

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    Can a van der graaf generator kill a promethean board? Definately. It's very low current, but you are likely to have a few KV knocking around. Smartboards aren't build for that kind of abuse!

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