my computer is in a bulky, "not really accessible" desk, and its hard to plug something in by reaching in back of it. I tried to plug in some headphones in my sound card.
i missed the headphone jack
i accidentally (dont ask me how) plugged the headphone plug into a usb port, the metal contacts on the plug touched that of the usb port, shorting the power curcit, i only realized it after my computer started beeping uncontrolably, and a balloon poped up in my system tray, saying "usb device excceded power limitations" the only way to stop the beeping was restart the computer (keep in mind the computer is running fine this second except for the beeping) so i restarted it, and it beeps continuously, and after P.O.S.T. does its thing, and tries to boot windows xp, i get an error screen with litterally no words on it, just abrevhiations and hexidecimal numbers. it would hang there, so i restared with a live cd of "[bleep] small linux 1.2" and that worked fine, just my mouse and keyboard didnt work, at all.
i really dont know what happens during a power short, but i think i completely ruined the input ports on my motherboard and i think i need to buy a new one.
this isnt my main computer i work on, but none the less its important, so i only know very little about it:
hp pavillion (refurbished)
celeron 2.6 GHz
intel motherboard with intel extreme graphics
windows xp home edition
i'm going to find out more about it, so i hope you guys can help me
i either want to know if its fixable, or if just buying a new motherboard will do the trick, or is it the processor or the memory or all three that need to be replaced?
thank you for reading