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Old 01-06-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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New set of speakers bricked my computer

I have a strange issue. I stupidly hooked up a new set of speakers to my computer, while the computer was still on and accidentally plugged them into the wrong jack. It froze my computer and I haven't been able to boot linux since. This includes live CDs as well as from hard drive.

Interestingly enough, Windows 8 still boots and works. However, I still consider my computer bricked...

Could I have damaged my motherboard in some way when I connected the speakers to the wrong jack? If so, how is Windows still working?

This is a computer that I put together myself, so it has a BIOS motherboard.
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It the computer was really "bricked" then it would not function at all.

Possibly... Other then it does not work you haven't provided us with much information.

if you were running linux at the time the computer froze then one of its file systems could be corrupted which is why it does not boot. Do you see error messages when you try to boot linux? What distribution/version are you running?

Have you verified the BIOS is still set to boot from a CD first? Does the DVD tray open/close and spin when a disk is inserted? Does anything happen when you try to boot from a CD?

You could create a bootable USB drive from windows which then you should be able to run fsck and repair a possibly corrupted filesystem. I assume both OSs are on the same physical hard drive. I assume that USB devices still work...
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I would think that some board has been partially jumped out of it's slot.

Remove all power, connectors and remove all un-needed cards and see if it will boot to bios.
Old 01-08-2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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I removed a TV tuner card that I was no longer using and that was the culprit. My computer is now working. I should have thought of that. Thanks,


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