Sunday, September 24th, 2006 at 11:51am

More exploding laptop fun!

Posted by Jordan Erickson

It looks like some IBM Thinkpad laptops are now in the circle of the ‘magical exploding laptop’ drum circle. There’s even a website dedicated to all of the fun!

The latest story revealed is from none other than Linux kernel developer Alan Cox – read this excerpt from :

“Alan was on the other side of the room from the laptop. I was elsewhere. He yelled out, I ambled towards the room in my own good time, and then I heard Fire! Real fire! Call the fire brigade, now! and I speeded up a bit.

From Alan subsequently, I gather there was an explosion and flying pieces of laptop, and a fireball, and a couple of fires started where (presumably) boiling battery landed, and one fragment smashed an LCD monitor. And then there was smoke and smell (there is still smell) and smoke alarm wailing and firemen and sirens and paramedics (happily unneeded) and police and a man with a notebook asking questions for the fire report.”

Yikes!! For safety’s sake, if you have a laptop, you might want to call the manufacturer and ask them if the battery supplied with it is in danger of exploding/catching on fire. It seems that all of the stories I have read so far are of Sony batteries, but it might be difficult to tell just by looking at it. Better safe than sorry!

Happy computing! 😉

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