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Old 28 January 2020, 18:54   #1

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Burnt Rapid Road - what can I do now?

Well, i've just burned Rapid Road controller. THIRD in my life. Only by connecting a pendrive. LED does not light up and controller is not recognised by Poseidon stack anymore. This time yet warranty probably already ended. What can do now? Is it "fixable"?

PS Is it really hard to add some electronic "something", don't know, to secure that if it's so sensitive? #angry
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Old 28 January 2020, 23:54   #2
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I would email Jens and see if he can offer a repair service.
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Old 30 January 2020, 01:50   #3
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Best thing to do in the future would probably be to never plug into the controller directly and use a hub for plugging/unplugging your devices.
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Old 30 January 2020, 09:20   #4

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Best thing to do will be to not buy RR anymore Somehow it's the only controller I have (and I got almost ALL Amiga related ones - Thylacine, Subway and Highway) which broke... 3 times.
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Old 31 January 2020, 17:31   #5
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What kind of Amiga do you have it installed in?

If it's in a 1200 I seem to recall Jens mentioning RR is sensitive to power rail transients potentially triggering latch-up conditions (infinite current) in the RR CPLD, permanently damaging it. To prevent this it's important to have a solid 5V throughout the system, which in a 1200 can be difficult with some replacement power supplies that barely provide 5v to the input choke on the motherboard.
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Old 31 January 2020, 18:17   #6
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Yep, Jens seems to blame PSUs, either the original (it's getting old and unreliable) or 3rd party (it's not good enough), yet doesn't really have an alternative suggestion to what boils down to basically just those two choices. Given that it's designed specifically for the A1200 clock port, it seems quite poor that it can't handle typical conditions found in an A1200, especially when there are other USB controllers that don't seem to show such issues.
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It’s lucky my Rapid Road didn’t work for years because of driver problems. Who knows what damage I might have done should I have actually plugged something into it?

Great purchase. /s
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