However, one half-expected problem popped up: The hard drive had failed.
But the problems didn't stop there:
- When I turned on the computer to test the leads for the hard drive power cable (to modify and replace the hard drive), the computer stopped working, the keyboard lock (Caps, Num, Scroll) lights started blinking, the PC Speaker started clicking, and the fuse blew on the power supply.
- A few of the capacitors apparently blew, because I found some weird green liquid on one of the capacitors, and on the connector that joins a switch and plug inlet board to the power supply.
I went to Radio Shack to pick up a few capacitors and a new fuse, but it doesn't seem to be working. (I've been using capacitors that were of higher voltage, but of same capacitance.) Now the computer won't even turn turn on.
Even more, two of the capacitors had more of the green liquid directly under their rubber stoppers when I replaced them, and another one of them seems to have more resistance than usual. (About 300 Ohms, rather than the 5 Ohms they usually display on the multimeter.)
I used a 12V 1.3A power supply to test if the computer would even work, but now I've been using a power supply rated at 19v, 4.74A, and the computer can accept at least 16.5v 2A.
I was carrying the power supply along with me as my dad and I went out running errands yesterday, and I got a few static shocks from when I got out of the car.
Now, the question is, can a computer's power supply be fried by ESD?