Laptop Inflation Blues

Posted by DesertFox on Jan. 24, 2015, 12:29 p.m.

So, earlier this week I decided I was going to recommission my old laptop and put it into service as an experimental Linux box or something. I got it out of its box, got it charged up, booted it up made sure it ran fine. Unplugged it, went to bed, forgot about a few days until this morning, when I looked at my laptop and saw that it had doubled in size.

Upon closer inspection, it became apparent that it hadn't literally doubled in size, but it did appear to have been inflated, increasing its effective volume by a not-insubstantial amount. My initial assumption was correct, my laptop was indeed bigger than it ought to have been. So I unscrewed the bottom panel, the second-to-last screw made a 'pwang' sound as it released some tension, and exposed (literally and figuratively) the battery which had (literally) blown up, thereby making me suddenly very happy that there hadn't been a large fire at my place over the last few days.

Here lies she, got too fat and died on me

The hard drive looks fine, so I can get all my data and I now have a spare 768gb hard drive. It looks like it just warped the frame a little from the battery pressing against the frame/bottom panel. The touchpad was a little popped out but popped right back in once I'd unscrewed the bottom. I wonder if anything else is broken. If I get the battery replaced, maybe I can get it working again…

Comments

Astryl 9 years, 3 months ago

Looks like most of the damage is outward, so all the delicate components should still be fine. Try plugging it in without the battery (If it supports running from an outlet without a battery. Some do) and see if it still turns on.

DesertFox 9 years, 3 months ago

That's the hope! Its got some screws that are too tiny even for my tiniest screwdriver, so I gotta hit up Ben Stiller for his set.

DesertFox 9 years, 3 months ago

Y'know, the charger for the above laptop has literally the exact same problem with the insulation? Its effectively turned into sticky-tack. Not exactly reassuring.

Astryl 9 years, 3 months ago

Quote:
*takes explosive laptop off of lap safely away from genitals and puts neatly in corner*
Most laptops these days have a little warning label telling you not to use them on your lap anyway.

Ferret 9 years, 3 months ago

I usually remove the batteries from my laptop since I'm always by a power outlet, sometimes I'll put the battery back for long trips.

Gift of Death 9 years, 3 months ago

Quote: Mega
Most laptops these days have a little warning label telling you not to use them on your lap anyway.
Which is rather ironic, concidering their name and the whole point of the device. :p

I've always complained about laptops and their cooling/air circulation having them roast my thighs, but that shit right there is scary as hell. .-.

F1ak3r 9 years, 3 months ago

Well that's terrifying. Just had to look at my old laptop to reassure myself it hadn't suffered a similar fate. And also the chunky, diskette-drived, Windows 98SE square screen museum piece in my top drawer (I am possibly a bit of a hoarder). Both fine.

But I have had an issue with my laptop's battery for the last couple of years where it thinks it's still plugged in when you unplug it and the only way to see how much life remains is to watch the slowly increasing "time until charged" meter.

Astryl 9 years, 3 months ago

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And also the chunky, diskette-drived, Windows 98SE square screen museum piece in my top drawer (I am possibly a bit of a hoarder). Both fine.
Got one of those sitting next to me, waiting for a customer who is likely to never return for it. Though this one is a Windows 95 machine. Heavy as hell, but still working flawlessly.

Acid 9 years, 3 months ago

@F1ak3r: That is a dramatic, poetic death.

F1ak3r 9 years, 3 months ago

@Acid: I tried draining the battery today. At 6%, the screen brightness was fading in and out and the battery indicator flickered between charging and no battery. So that was quite dramatic. It even held on for a while at 0% and then I just shut it down out of frustration.