Plugged in joystick--computer went dead

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My son was playing a game on our laptop. He plugged in the joystick to an available USB port (computer was turned on, mouse still plugged in), turned around to do something else and when he looked again the screen had gone blank. Computer is dead. He hadn't used the joystick on that computer before, hardly ever uses it.
What happened? More importantly, what can I do? I know I haven't given much info, but it's all I know.
Thanks in advance,
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Welcome,

When you say dead ...do you mean real dead. like no lights or fan running at all.

Have you taken the joystick out and tried re-starting the PC.

Have you tried just using the battery and also taking the battery out and using just the power supply. Is there a light on the power supply?
 

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Yes, totally dead. I have unplugged the joystick. The light on the power supply is on, but I haven't tried the power supply without the battery. Will try now. Thank you.
 

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Forgot to say, have tried restarting it but it's still dead. No fan, no light.
 

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Doesn't sound to good I'm afraid......it may have shorted the board out.
 

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If it did short it out, would that be because he plugged it in while the computer was turned on? Or can there be something wrong with the joystick? I have always turned off the computer before I plug things in to it, but not, say, a digital camera, or actually, anything that goes to a USB port.
If the board is shorted out, what does that mean, in practical terms? Can we put a new motherboard in it? What would be my next step?
 

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The joystick should have been plug and play so there shouldn't have been a problem.

Unless there is something wrong with the joystick itself.

The first thing to check would be the power supply and see that it is giving the correct voltage.....once that is ruled out then I would thing something on the board and usually a replacement.

Depending on the PC you have whether it would be better to buy a new one as the're quite reasonable .......than buying a new Motherboard and having it installed which at the end may cost the same.

Of course it could be something else other than the motherboard but you could take it to a PC shop for them to look at.......but get a firm price first.
 

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I tried it without the battery, and it works!!! Then I put the battery in and it works like that too. I'm sorry for the false alarm, but this incident happened weeks ago, and the laptop has been sitting in its case ever since-we tried plugging it in a few times but it was always dead.
Thanks so much for the help!
Persimmon
 

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Great news!!......I would say bad connection at the power chord to the laptop connection.
 
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