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    USB Short


    I have a laptop with a broken USB port which when used turns the computer off. This has happened a couple of times already but has always turned back on ok. However the last time this happened it wont turn back on. I can only assume it has shorted the motherboard? What I would like to know is how I can test this for certain and whether it could have blown anything else that may need replacing?

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    • Betty_Swallocks's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Z97-A
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i5 4690K o/c to 4.6 gHz
      • Memory:
      • 8Gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 256Gb SSD + 1320Gb (3x SATA drives)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSI R9 390 8Gb
      • PSU:
      • Corsair CS750M
      • Case:
      • Thermaltake Shark
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 37" Samsung TV @1920x1080 + Dell 20.1" TFT secondary screen
      • Internet:
      • 150Mb Virgin Media cable

    Re: USB Short

    It could quite easily have killed the laptop altogether. I had a similar problem with a motherboard some years ago and it fried it completely. I didn't get a second chance. There was a flash when I plugged something in and the motherboard died.

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing but it probably wasn't a good idea to keep on trying to use the port.
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