adafruit_support wrote:That doesn't sound right. Post photos of the front and back of the shield and we'll check your assembly.
adafruit_support wrote:Make sure you are plugging it into the UNO correctly:
Line up the gap between the two digital-pin headers. If you have an UNO R3, there will be 2 extra header pins on the UNO on the end near the USB port.
adafruit_support wrote:I don't see anything that looks like a short circuit, but a good many of your solder joints do not wet the solder pad well enough to make a reliable joint. Read through this guide and re-touch as necessary to make good solder joints: http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-guid ... n-problems
adafruit_support wrote:In my experience, backwards caps usually just heat-up and fail. But there may be other failure modes. Are there any particular components or areas of the board that get hot when you connect it to the Arduino? If you find the hot-spot, you will find the short.
adafruit_support wrote:Any particular part of the Arduino that gets hot? I'm guessing the voltage regulator, but it it were something else it might give us another clue.
Also, check to make sure that there is nothing shorting out between the shield and the metal shell of the USB port.
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