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Memory stick Hi There Can you tell me if its possible for a usb stick to totally crash a laptop and a recordable dvd player, I had a new dvd player and was copying muisc to it when it just stopped woejing and wasnt able to do anything with it, now my son has just borrowed it and his laptop has crashed has just his recovery cd and still wont work so have put 2&2 together and guess the usb stick must be corrupted in someway so think it best to throw that one awy I always scan anything that I put onto the usb first for safe measure any ideas pleasr. Many thanks Amanda

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Hi Benimur
Thanks for the advice will see what can be done with it have written down the info shall get another one to use for now.
Many thanks
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Hi Amanda,

All USB memory sticks/flashdrives uses the internal power supply of the device it is attached to (such as your DVD Rec/Player and your son's laptop). Having said that, once it is plug it is then made into an integral part of the device, if something is electrically wrong with it, the flashdrive will bring the whole device down. Technically, I suspect that the flashdrive has an internal short grounding the supply line. This is the "+5VDC rail" as we call it.

If you are seeking the services of an on-site repair person, it might help that this information be relayed to him/her as it will narrow down the diagnosis to the power supply section, fusible links/resistors, regulators and others of the sort.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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