Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:44 PM
Okay, so here's how it happened. I have one of those adapters that converts molex power into a fan plug for use on custom fans. Well, I had the adapter plugged into the power supply, and the metal pins for the connector were exposed at the bottom of the case (stupid, I know). The tip of a SATA connector came into contact with the metal pins from the 12v power supply, and the computer instantly shut off with a orange light on the front (it's usually blue). The PC is a Dell Inspiron 530 from 2007, unmodified except for a new case fan. Anyway, I fixed the problem with the cord, left the power cord unplugged for about 5 minutes, and plugged it back in. It booted up fine, but ever since then, the PC has been slower than usual, and doesn't detect hardware for a few minutes. I'm wondering if the motherboard could be damaged in any way. It still runs, but it seems noticeably slower than before this happened. I've been planning to do a major upgrade soon anyway, so it's not too much of a big deal if it's messed up. I'm just curious. All custom BIOS settings are still intact, by the way.