I can use my Arduino with the usb plug, but 2 smd overheating when I plug into the computer, But when I use the DC plug, the leds on the Arduino barely visible (for example the "ON" led), so the arduino is only works with the USB plug.

These are the 2 sms-s which overheats.

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These look like C2 and C3 in the Arduino UNO R3 schematic. It sounds like both are internally shorted.

Assuming that's true, why it would work (partially anyway) on USB but not external power would depend in part on what external voltage had been applied. The voltage seen on the board, and therefore the brightness of your LEDs, depends on the voltage being dropped above their source. That is, it depends on what's happening to the PTC fuse and in the USB host port and cable etc for USB. And in the linear regulator and similar current limiting in series with it. Probably the thermal overload protection in your regulator is shutting it down so hard that the LEDs don't even light. Or whatever event cause this problem happened while you were externally powering it and there's now an open somewhere on the side external powering.

For now it's probably better if you're not continuing to plug it into a PC. If you're going to do that, it's probably better that you have a powered hub that you don't care about in between.

This seems to be the 3.3V regulator. If you're not using 3.3V, you may be able to get a soldering iron and through-heat the capacitors and scrape them off the board and see whether or not the rest of the board, the 5V section, works fine. Before you do that you may want to measure the 5V and 3.3V lines and write down what you get. One or both are probably low. Take note of the USB source you're using. Try taking off the capacitor off the output side of the regulator first, see how things go. Then go for the input side one. From the sounds of it both are bad though. But it can't hurt to go methodically.

  • I checked the 3.3V and the 5v line too. There's a short circuit between the 3.3V and the ground line, but there is no such problem at 5 volts
    – VDave1108
    Jun 22, 2021 at 11:43
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    3V3 is used also as a reference voltage for disconnecting Vusb when you connect something over 6.6V to barrel jack so it's not back powering anything (if you shut down the connected computer, it could be an issue, same as short on 3V3 and it can't detect anything properly)
    – KIIV
    Jun 22, 2021 at 13:46
  • Yeah, if it removing the caps makes the regulator unstable enough, it could be a problem. I'm gathering from the description that the regulator is not shorted; I've yet to see one do that so well (so bad?) that it didn't make itself apparent in heat. I'd try removing the 3.3v output-side cap first and see how thing change.
    – timemage
    Jun 22, 2021 at 14:23
  • With respect to the 5V line not being shorted, well, it is possible for things to be shorted well enough for small components to get very hot but not enough to bog down the 5V/USB voltage. I had a Leonardo where I'd managed to get about 30VDC onto one of its GPIO pins. There after it "worked" but ran so hot you could fry an egg on the 32u4 and VUSB was able to keep up just fine. I've since replaced the IC. When you clear the fault you may not see any increase in voltage, but I suspect you'd see it change by at least a few mV.
    – timemage
    Jun 22, 2021 at 14:26

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