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Solved USB port blew up my phone

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  1. GoldenSilence

    GoldenSilence Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I have a pc built by pcspecialist in late 2015, the USB port on the front of the tower has malfunctioned many times in the past and has always been a bit a bit 'iffy' but the other day I mistakenly used an Huwai USB charger cable instead of my proper Sony one and the PC threw up a message about malfunctioning port and power surge.... my phone has been cold and dark since.

    Just a few questions

    1. Can I replace the battery on phone or will it have blown more components?
    2. What do I need to do about the USB ports? replace them?
    3. Is this strange to experience this only 3 years after purchase?

    Thanks H
     
  2. SpywareDr

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    If the pins in a USB port get crossed up, it can actually take out the computer and whatever is attached. I have seen it happen live. The desktop computer was sitting on the floor under the edge of a secretary's desk. She had a USB flash drive sticking out of a USB port near the bottom front of the computer. A mechanic walked up beside her and accidentally bumped the USB flash drive. Instant Smoke! Took out the PSU, motherboard, RAM, keyboard, Epson USB printer and the USB flash drive. The only thing that turned out okay was the hard drive, mouse and monitor. Fortunately, she had not yet attached her cell phone to charge it. It was a frigg'n mess.
     
  3. GoldenSilence

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    I am in shock (pun intended)

    You never hear of this kind of thing, not even a theoretical discussion I have not read once, anywhere, that USB ports can malfunction and cost you lots of money. If I had I would never have invested so much into USB storage. I have two pen drives and almost all of my media resides on one of the sticks. This is a disaster for me!
     
  4. SpywareDr

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    Sorry to hear that. There were at least 3 others that witnessed the event, and several more immediately showed up due to all the commotion and smoke.

    BTW, many USB flash/stick/thumb drives are NOT very reliable. It's for temporary storage ... like say one of those little paper cone water cups. If the data you're storing is "priceless", save yourself some grey hair and spend a bit more. Someday you'll thank yourself.
     
  5. GoldenSilence

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    So in your opinion was this a shoddy installation of USB ports?
     
  6. SpywareDr

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    No, not really. The two USB ports were in a convenient location if the PC had been up on a desk.

    I rather doubt it has ever crossed any computer manufacturer's mind that some 220+lb man might do a swinging sideways stomp on a flash drive with his size 12 steel-toed boot.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    I am not a big fan of flash drives for permanent backups. If the data is important to you, you have multiple backups on different media. Just as an example, I backup financial records to a second internal drive, another copy on my NAS, and finally to an external drive that sits in my safe when not being used. Maybe overkill however it only takes once losing important records to make you paranoid about backups.
     
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  8. GoldenSilence

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    @SpyDr haha, I didn't knock mine or anything, it just went. Currently, I have one wifi receiver for mouse and keyboard plugged into the other front-facing USB port which I dare not remove at the moment. Just tried plugging in joypad into 1st (broken) port and got power surge message and it cuts off wifi receiver - the keyboard and mouse go no response and I have to reboot.

    @cjdriver That makes perfectly good sense and luckily I have not lost any data apart from some pictures on a phone and the phone itself which is worse tbh. I just didn't realise that USB could do this. It's destroyed a replacement phone I'd just bought after dropping my last phone, costing me a small fortune and... I am not even sure what's at fault, was it faulty USB (well yes of course).....but what about the faulty USB plus the cheap Huwai cable? Am I right in thinking my Samsung charger and Sony charger cable would have blocked the power surge? I have lost hope in USB and now want to consider other options for my storage.
     
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