I seem to have broken an Arduino Uno. When I plug in the USB cable, the ‘501V’ component between the USB socket and the voltage regulator heats up excessively and the ‘ON’ LED gradually fades out at the same time.
The Arduino isn’t recognised by the computer. If I touch the 501V component (EDIT: turns out this is the USB polyfuse) the LED comes back on, presumably because my finger acts as a heatsink.
Anyone have an idea what is wrong with it and if it’s fixable?
Related question - are the cheap Arduino clones with SMD ATmega328Ps generally reliable? Is there any technical advantage to buying original Arduinos, other than the worthwhile one of supporting the designers of course?