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MaxamusCrasious

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It is a long story
« on: October 07, 2008, 11:07:17 PM »

So, I'll sum it up rather quickly.

A clients daughter accidently plugged her aftermarket Ipod charger (the type that plugs into the wall, and has a male type "A" usb connector on the end) into the usb port on her laptop, and now the BIOS complains that there was a overcurrent on the port.

It is rather obvious to me that the port is fried, but otherwise it is a perfectly good Gateway CX210X Tablet pc. I would love to get it working, but reseting the BIOS did not work to clear the boot up message.

Does anyone know of a way I could somehow bypass the port so the system will boot? I know that the whole USB subsystem is not shot mainly because the keyboard still works fine (which I think is internally hooked up via usb)
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Re: It is a long story
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2008, 07:30:50 AM »

I've had my PC shut off because of overcurrent on a port before but that wouldn't stop it from starting up.  What I'd try is just removing the batteries, the one for power and the system battery, leave them out for like 20 seconds, replace the batteries, power on and see if it works.
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Re: It is a long story
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008, 08:58:06 AM »

Are USB ports fused by chance?
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Re: It is a long story
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008, 09:30:22 AM »

I'm not sure if the ports are fused. Once I find (well get around to finding) a tear down guide I might have a better idea. Anything specific to look for, or are they yet another one of the million SMT components?
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Re: It is a long story
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2008, 04:55:51 PM »

BTW what is the comparison between Windows XP Tablet pc edition and Windows XP Pro?

NM, Wikipedia answered it for me :lol:
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Re: It is a long story
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2008, 06:28:08 PM »

Maximus, try going into the primary settings page of the BIOS and telling it to ignore all errors.  This may allow you to boot up even though a section of the Southbridge is blown.
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Re: It is a long story
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2008, 06:45:16 PM »

Tried it, the only option I had was to ignore DMI errors, which there were none of in the first place. I think I am going to see if there is a way I could somehow use the touchscreen on my PC.
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