Originally Posted by Stile35
I think I found cause of our problems. I disassemble front panel and it is visible "design flaw" on our HAF-X case. Red wire that goes to LED switch has broken isolation because of sharp pins from front panel motherboard on which front firewire is connected. In other words, when front firewire is connected to mobo and when LED switch is turned on, LED switch wire directly touches one sharp pin from firewire front connector and there we have short circuit causing firefire chipset burnout on mobo.
Those two picture will explain it.
Clearly visible broken isolation on red LED wire:
Visible broken isolation and sharp pin from firefire that touches broken isolation:
I think that mystery is solved, the question is now who will be responsible for this? I think nobody, we will isolate this wire with some tape and continue with our business, right?
Also, it seems that this is assembly error on some cases and this explains that some has problems with it and some doesn't.
I have very similar issues to you regarding my Haf X. I connected my ssd and 2.5 inch hard drives into the hot swap bay and they ceased to work and not detected. I could smell a burning smell on my 2.5 inch drives and the red light that normally lights up on my ssd failed to light up. Then I connected my 3.5 inch hard drive and surprisingly the computer booted up.
However, when I connected my usb drive and usb modem to the front panel usb slots, there was a burning smell coming from them and when I touched them they were very hot. My computer failed to detect them.
After a few days, all my usb slots ceased working and my keyboard and mouse could not be detected.
I thought there was an issue with my PSU or motherboard issue so I bought new ones, purchasing the reputable Corsair HX 850.
Everything then worked smoothly but after 4 weeks I connected my external hard drive to the front usb panel and it could not be detected. I placed my nose close to it and could smell a burning aroma.
I suspect one or some of the wiring in my Haf X case to be faulty too Nothing like this happened in my old case. I really like this case. It's rugged and has so many features but I think I'll have to exchange it for a different case as I'm afraid that a replacement Haf X will destroy more of my valuable components and USB enabled devices.Edited by Layercake - 8/20/10 at 8:04am