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A word of warning... (and a request for explaination)

Question asked by dciliske on Sep 23, 2013
Latest reply on Sep 24, 2013 by Clive One
So, I'm currently working on a side project at home for a LED driver/controller board. In the process of this, I've decided to use a STM8 for some additional A/D and to offload the averaging. I got the eval board on Friday and spent some time getting things up and running on Saturday. When I got to the point of programming the board, I couldn't communicate with the board; "Ok, somethings wrong with the driver/software tools setup". So, I get out my STM32 discovery board which I've played with some before and had working previously and try to get that to work. 

In the process of doing all this, I drop the STM32 board onto my oscilloscope's ground connector, and temporarily short the power to earth ground. And my PC turns off. Ok, so I shorted out my USB port, that was dumb. Guess I'll reboot. Oh, my computer is still off. And it won't POST. And it says somethings wrong with the memory. And maybe the motherboard is fried. Really? I thought this wasn't supposed to happen with USB devices?

Oh, the ST eval boards don't have input fuses? How? I thought that was a requirement of USB devices? Be very careful with eval boards and I guess use an externally powered USB hub if you need to hook them up and they don't have an Vbus fuse.

TL/DR: Accidently dropped an STM32 dev board onto my oscilloscope ground probe and fried some major component(s) on my home PC, apparently because ST didn't put an input fuse on the Vbus line per spec. It's also probable that there was one missing on the motherboard too for this to happen but... -.-

Now, I'll say this, I'm really liking ST's parts. The STM32 is a great lineup. I just wish they put the same thought into the dev/eval board that they did into the chips themselves...

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