01-jst42day-[Something shorted]-29th MAR-2007
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Is there an inline fuse that I could have blown or did I mess up some of my wires?
Well kind of a fuse
A lot of Designers will install a small 10 Ohm limiting/filtering resistor in series with the output voltage for each output connection or in the Power Input circuit of the device, that will destroy itself and prevent catastrophic damage
I would suspect that your Power Supply or each of the drives may have 2 fairly charred resistors and has a pungent odor KEEP OUT
I installed an old cd reader/player and tried to hook that up.
Again, apppears to not be getting any power.
you've probably blown the molex connector. Shut down the computer and pull the plug before you do anything else. Try some more of the power connectors, with any luck you've only damaged the one of them. A more serious issue could be that the drive(s) you've shorted are now dead.
Using your PC as a Peripheral Power Tester with an unknown condition of a device is not a recommended use of a PC could be a pretty $$$$$ test.
I suggest using a voltmeter & measure the Power Supply connector in question for detailed Test Result instead of GO NO GO
Test Result that reveals nothing. Make following measurement -
· Across Pin-1 (+) Yellow and Pin-2 ( ) Black For +12 VDC
· Across Pin-4 (+) Red and Pin-3 ( ) Black For + 5 VDC
If the connector tests good, then both drives are probably bad If the Connector fails, then tape up the connector & tag DO NOT USE
As for the drives I suggest that you have them tested by a Qualified Tech State the circumstances & ask for a Cost estimate 1st Keep the cost of a new drive, as the Cost Basis for the test
Thanks for being honest about the Root Cause of the problem It is sometimes difficult to admit to being at fault. But by knowing the full details We can give you more meaningful answers & suggestions
The main lesson here is Never Connect or Disconnect a Live/Active Power Connection -
It is possible that, someday This incident may have caused some additional hidden damage You probably shortened the life expectancy of the Power Supply and/or damaged/stressed some of the protective circuitry components Power Supply may experience an infantile failure due to the stress.
Thanks for being honest with the problem and telling us what had happened.
Edited by Jack123, 29 March 2007 - 01:24 PM.