Smoke machine

For several years, I had a couple of brand new, boxed CD drives sitting on a shelf in my office. Yes, CD drives, not DVD. They were once white, but more recently beige. They were completely useless.

Until today, when I finally needed one for a short project. I pulled it out of it’s plastic wrapping, hooked it up, and powered on.

There was a prompt ‘BANG’, followed by some smoke, and an expletive.

It’s not very often that a piece of electronics explodes, but capacitors do occasionally surprise us with their propensity for pyrotechnics.

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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.