Motherboard robustness

I was over at Robin and Taska’s house last night – they brought a new media PC and are setting up mythtv on it.  Was really impressed with the speed of the new Athlon dual core cpus.  Never seen linux install so fast.

Unfortunately we connected up one of the firewire ports incorrectly and when we turned on the PC for the first time one of the controller chips started sparking, smoking and smelling terrible.  Found out that some of the firewire controller chips legs had melted right off from the short.  We disconnected the offending cable, brushed off the carbonised substance on the chip and the box magically worked, albeit without the firewire capability.  The CPU teams get all the kudos but have to say I am very impressed with motherboard robustness!

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