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Laptop Explodes at Japanese Conference

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the glad-it-wasn't-on-a-lap dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A laptop reported to be a Dell burst into flame and was caught on camera during a recent Japanese conference. Guess this laptop could be a poster child to prove that laptops really can cause sterility if they are on your lap."

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When will those idiots at Dell learn? (5, Funny)

PSXer (854386) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576048)

Don't put batteries in laptops! They can explode!

Re:When will those idiots at Dell learn? (4, Insightful)

ronanbear (924575) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576226)

More importantly, when will the idiots who buy Dell (I have two) take recalls on AC adaptors and batteries seriously?

When you've seen a photo like that you're gonna pay a lot more attention to a product recall.

Re:When will those idiots at Dell learn? (4, Informative)

jdray (645332) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576386)

It's not just Dell. A friend of mine bought his son a tricked-out HP laptop last week as a graduation present. The brick (external PS) was making a gurgling sound the whole time it was plugged in. He took the whole kit back and bought a Toshiba, which seems to be performing better.

Re:When will those idiots at Dell learn? (4, Interesting)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576426)

I responded to the Dell AC recall with their official website form. Two units. Never heard from them again.

That made me certain that Dell incompetence would make my bricks explode.

I replaced them at my own expense. And considered sneaking into a Dell office and swapping mine in for theirs.

Re:When will those idiots at Dell learn? (4, Insightful)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576273)

Just a quick point:

There's a reason all the big OEMs stopped calling them laptops. They really don't intend fo you to put it in your lap. I used to work for notebook support for a company, we actually had some people get burned by the more powerful notebooks because they had them in their laps for too long. It's even in the documentation that they can get too hot to be comfortably used in the lap.

Re:When will those idiots at Dell learn? (5, Interesting)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576276)

In both pictures, you can see an open carafe of water (on the left).

Maybe it ties into the explosion/fire.

RELIABLE SOURCE MY @$$!!!!! (-1, Troll)

Dangolo (974232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576471)

Did anyone notice that this story was written by THE INQUIRER!?! If i wanted a story about alien landings in Iowa (because THAT"S Obviously the place i'd land if i were a hyperintelligent race), or Al gore killing Bigfoot, or monkeys flying out of my ass..............THEN i might look it up in the inquirer.

Re:RELIABLE SOURCE MY @$$!!!!! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576520)

Dude, this is not the National Enquirer. This is a British technology webiste.

Re:When will those idiots at Dell learn? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576607)

It must have been running Windows XPlode

Re:When will those idiots at Dell learn? (5, Funny)

b0wl0fud0n (887462) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576621)

At least Dell can promote their laptops as being "blazingly fast".

Thinkpad users safe... (5, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576059)

laptops really can cause sterility if they are on your lap

I've built balls of steel lugging that thing around. Not even an exploding Sunblade100 could sterilize my boys.

Re:Thinkpad users safe... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576294)

I've built balls of steel lugging that thing around. Not even an exploding Sunblade100 could sterilize my boys.

prove it.

it was probably... (5, Funny)

aleksiel (678251) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576064)

... hackers [dbeyr.com]

Yeah but (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576065)

Does it run linux?

Re: Linux On Fire? (5, Funny)

Mindragon (627249) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576245)

Anyone know if the screen displayed "LP On Fire?"

Imagine ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576277)

a beowulf cluster of this

artificial intelligence? (5, Funny)

MrSquirrel (976630) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576066)

Perhaps this is a sign that computers (through the mega-computing power of the internet) have become self-aware. This is just the start to their war against the fleshlings... I mean, what better way to take out your opponent than to get him to put you in his lap, then you detonate yourself -- even if you don't destroy him, you take out his ability to reproduce. Fear the machines!

Re:artificial intelligence? (5, Funny)

aquabat (724032) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576081)

More likely that it suddenly realized that it was a Dell and committed siucide.

Re:artificial intelligence? (3, Funny)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576247)

I for one--

*shoots self before finishing cliched slashdot meme for the thousandth time*

Sage words of advice (4, Funny)

HardCase (14757) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576069)

From the article:

Should you witness such an event, his advice is, "Don't try anything courageous/stupid, stay away, away, away!"

But take pictures first!

-h-

Re:Sage words of advice (2, Funny)

Ignignot (782335) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576594)

Call me stupid/courageous, but I would go back in and try to save as many of my MP3's as possible! Think of the porn that could be lost!

Dude U got NO BALLS (2, Funny)

mfh (56) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576071)

Good thing this wasn't on the guy's lap.

Re:Dude U got NO BALLS (5, Funny)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576448)

The appropriate joke should be:
Dude, Where's my balls?

dude u got a dell (1)

mfh (56) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576506)

That's the reference, not dude where's my car. We always joke about this when the dells come into the shop for repairs... DUDE U GOT A DELL!! HAHAH~!!!! SORRY ABOUT YOUR LUCK.

Feeling hot, hot, hot... (5, Informative)

EnderGT (916132) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576075)

While it's never caught fire, my Latitude D600 can get quite hot after several hours of World of Warcraft/Call of Duty/etc.

The hard drive is right under the left palm-rest area, and it has quite literally burned my hand several times. It's not suprising to me to see one on fire.

I just thought of these (0)

MrSquirrel (976630) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576084)

Is that a laptop in your pants or are you just flaming. Har har har.

Weird (3, Funny)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576088)

Having just looked at pictures of an exploding laptop, and been warned to "avoid actually using a laptop on your lap", here I am happily typing away with my laptop sat in my lap as ever (with the usual book underneath to keep the CPU from burning out).

But then mine is a fairly old thinkpad [linuxvirus.net] that runs quite cool, usually ~45 degrees. The one that exploded looks more modern (it is a Dell, after all).

There, nicely rationalised away so as I can get back to my life

Conference was on P0rn (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576089)

Reportedly, the conference attendees were viewing a new high definition porno stream when the laptop exploded...Film at 11.

Nursery rhyme come true. (5, Funny)

scrabbleguy (980944) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576094)

'Liar liar, pants on fire."

Re:Nursery rhyme come true. (1, Flamebait)

scovetta (632629) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576459)

Since it was in Japan, wouldn't it have been:
"Riar riar, pants on fire."?

can't wait (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576097)

I can't wait till we get hydrogen fuel cells in our laptops!

Re:can't wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576584)

... uh, so that the "explosive emissions" for our laps power the computer?

My head's gonna explode like that! (3, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576099)

It's on the Inquirer, but they have a picture. Who do I believe, my eyes or my head?

Re:My head's gonna explode like that! (1)

jdray (645332) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576416)

Ever heard of Photoshop? How about the GIMP? You decide.

Actually... (2, Funny)

DaSenator (915940) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576100)

...the Dell, being the subject of a long standing flame war, finally succumbed to the last battle of its painfully long life.

(It'd be ironic if somehow I got modded down with a "Flamebait")

Yay, sterility! (5, Funny)

NineNine (235196) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576102)

Guess this laptop could be a poster child to prove that laptops really can cause sterility if they are on your lap

Am I the only person out there who thinks that sterility is a good thing? I can buy thousands of high end laptops for what one kid costs.

Re:Yay, sterility! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576138)

Vasectomy FTW!

Too bad it was AFTER I had two kids....

Laptops can't... (5, Insightful)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576188)

Mow your lawn
Make your lunch
Give you a hug
Smile
Hold your hand
Carry your bag
Laugh
Get sick
Cry
Call you at work
Run into you

No matter how many laptops you buy, you won't be able to share your life, your lessons, your beliefs, or your ideas with a laptop. Though if you get sterilized, at least you can adopt a kid.

Re:Laptops can't... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576318)

wreck your car
steal your money
kill you in your sleep and run off with your daughter
go crazy in high school and shoot a lot of people
get pregnant
get someone pregnant

I for one would be happy to see more people sterilized, but voluntarily and not by exploding laptops.

Re:Laptops can't... (1)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576437)

I can only hope this means you've removed your own gonads.

Re:Laptops can't... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576526)

"wreck your car"

you just wait

Re:Laptops can't... (0, Offtopic)

Ryan Amos (16972) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576338)

Laptops also can't scream "Daddy I hate you!" and steal your beloved laptop to pawn for drugs :(

Re:Laptops can't... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576359)

It's only time before computers/robots can mow your lawn and carry your bag.
Who has kids who make their lunch? I was pretty sure it was the other way around most/all of the time. Additionally, I enjoy making my own lunch...
Your SO can give you a hug, smile, hold you hand, laugh, and call you at work.
Who actually wants someone to get sick or cry?
You can run into friends.

You could share your life lessons, beliefs and ideas with a laptop...it will be more likely to remember them too.

You FOOL!! (0, Redundant)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576217)

All the high-end laptops in the world will never replace your destroyed manhood!!

Did you even read the title of this story? Laptop EXPLODES!! After an experience like that, the last thing on my mind would be buying thousands of laptops with all the money I'd save on kids!

Re:Yay, sterility! (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576453)

A square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square.

Having your genitals burned off is becoming sterile, becoming sterile does not mean having your genitals burned off.

How? (1)

foo52 (980867) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576103)

Anybody know how it exploded?

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576189)

Well I think the powercells are packed with Na - and this burns pritty well!

Re:How? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576312)

North Korea was testing their missles.

It was from the new Star Trek line... (1)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576107)

... and had been given conflicting data by windows XP. And in the tried
and tested manner of computers from Star Trek in that situation, it blew up.

If I were a Dell laptop... (5, Funny)

Pink Tinkletini (978889) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576111)

...I'd kill myself too.

Re:If I were a Dell laptop... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576307)

Marvin, is that you?

Re:If I were a Dell laptop... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576549)

lol @ the video in your sig. funny.

At a Japanese conference? (2, Interesting)

IAstudent (919232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576112)

I thought someome told Kusanagi to stop diving into random portables.

Imagine.. (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576128)

..an exploding beowulf cluster of these things!

Re:Imagine.. (1)

FurryFeet (562847) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576450)

Maybe it was the hot grits that made it explode?

Temperature issues (5, Interesting)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576134)

Perhaps this will convince manufacturers to start thinking about the temperatures that their computers run at. Sure, they make sure that the processor and hard drive run below their rated maximum temperatures, but in a practical sense, they've been letting computers run too hot. My Asus M2400Ne runs pretty cool most of the time, but the hard drive and AC adapter (both the power brick and the plug) can get so hot that they burn you a little if you hold them for a few seconds. This is ridiculous. You can't build a product that reaches insane temperatures, and then stick a little label that says "Do not use with less than 3 feet of space next to eachvent" on it! Let's see some better cooling. Personally, I think a laptop with one big (4 to 6 inches), slowly rotating fan in the middle of the bottom, plus exhaust vents on the sides and back, would actually look nice, keep the laptop much cooler (no more "hot spots" on the keyboard), and run quietly. (You'd need rubber feet to hold it up enough, but most bottom vents need them.) This would probably also help with blocked vents, since it's much harder to block a huge circle-shaped vent in the middle of the case than a small square vent near the side, where the laptop is likely to rest on your leg.

Re:Temperature issues (3, Insightful)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576180)

Let's see some better cooling. Personally, I think a laptop with one big (4 to 6 inches), slowly rotating fan in the middle of the bottom, plus exhaust vents on the sides and back, would actually look nice, keep the laptop much cooler (no more "hot spots" on the keyboard), and run quietly.

Or just underclock it, most people don't want or need that much horsepower on the road. They should have a human adjustable clock (instead of the tech adjustable multiplier etc) so that the average user can keep their laptop cool. Then if they need to run heavy stuff, they can crank it up and take it off their lap.

Re:Temperature issues (1)

arodland (127775) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576317)

They should have a human adjustable clock (instead of the tech adjustable multiplier etc) so that the average user can keep their laptop cool.

You mean like every laptop made in recent history already does?

Re:Temperature issues (3, Informative)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576381)

That exists already on any reasonably modern mobile CPU (e.g. SpeedStep). Just go into the power management settings and select "max battery life" instead of "max performance" or whatever.

Re:Temperature issues (3, Interesting)

carlosponti (716259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576275)

the laptop probably had a li-polymer battery which i know for a fact will explode and catch fire if too hot or if improperly charged. I fly RC airplanes and the electric planes are coming with li-polymer and if you charge them wrong or apply too much heat they will explode and catch fire.

Re:Temperature issues (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576287)

Personally, I think a laptop with one big (4 to 6 inches), slowly rotating fan in the middle of the bottom, plus exhaust vents on the sides and back, would actually look nice, keep the laptop much cooler (no more "hot spots" on the keyboard), and run quietly.
Not gonna work unless the case is humongous for a laptop. The problem with a vent in the center is that of the air will flow from the side vent that is least obstructed (eg, not the one which would force air over the HD) -- you'd end up with pockets of warm air where the airflow is not so good. You'd also end up with a less structurally sound case -- the vents are the weakest part of a case, and having them on the side minimizes the risk of damage. What's ideal would be an airpath with the hottest components first, that covers all units inside the the case. Kind of like the side vents we have now -- in/out areside-by-side, with the airpath being circuitous. You also don't want feet on a laptop, as they'd catch on things while you're lugging it around -- a smooth, uniform case is ideal.

The real solution is to increase efficiency of the components.

Re:Temperature issues (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576593)

It helps to have any CPU other than a Pentium 4.

Re:Temperature issues (5, Insightful)

treads_water (472573) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576602)

It's not the temperature of the CPU that I think is the issue. It's the amount of energy stored in the battery. A Lithium Ion battery has an energy density [answers.com] that is less than an order of magnitude from that of TNT!


So, if your battery weighs two pounds, you have the potential energy of roughly a third pound of TNT -- more than enough to cause some serious damage.

I for one don't want to be killed by keyboard shrapnel!

I for one... (obligatory) (0, Redundant)

Pitr (33016) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576136)

I for one welcome our new exploding laptop masters!

I wonder... (1)

dubmun (891874) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576150)

"For the record, this is a Dell machine," notes Guilhem. "It is only a matter of time until such an incident breaks out on a plane," he suggests.
I wonder what the US Marshall onboard would do?

Re:I wonder... (1)

Belgarion89 (969077) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576237)

Pint, laugh, and take pictures, just like everyone else was doing. Or just shoot the thing and it's owner, except that that'd involve lots of paperwork.

Re:I wonder... (5, Funny)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576568)

I wonder what the US Marshall onboard would do?

First, he would carefully return his pristine copy of American Rifleman to its snug sealed fold within his kevlar jacket, then reach into his jacket holster and withdraw his standard issue SIG-Sauer P228. Then, in one brisk motion, he would adjust his stetson/baseball cap, stand out of his seat, face the explosion and flick back his jacket revealing; one flawlessly polished United States Marshals Service badge, one flawlessly polished State of Texas belt buckle(large), one flawlessly polished non standard issue Smith and Western Model 500 holstered to right of belt buckle.

He would then proceed to unload all fifteen rounds of the P228 into the laptop and its owner, causing further combustions of the laptop, and naturally killing the misfortuate passenger come terrorist, who only moments before would have been enjoying a quiet morning flight while reading left wing Californian blogs over the inflight coffee. A number of the bullets would obviously rupture the aircrafts fragile hull, and as a result of the altitude, the entire plane would begin to depressurise and disintegrate.

As the wind howls about him and as passengers begin to be sucked out of the plane still vainly clutching at their chairs, the marshal would leap forward, land a solid punch on the jaw of the laptop owner's corpse, and, just before the chair that now contained them both was torn away by the wind, the marshal would reach for his handcuffs, and neatly clamp one end about the corpses wrist, and one about his own.

As the gale finally takes the pair, the remaining doomed passengers will just faintly make out the brave hero's final words, carried by chance on swirling eddies:

United States Marshalls!!!! Freeze!!!

on a plane? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576152)

"It is only a matter of time until such an incident breaks out on a plane"

Hmmm, sounds like a great idea for a movie...

Re:on a plane? (0, Offtopic)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576201)

Probably will work out better than snakes... [imdb.com]

[Offtopic] Clichés (1)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576325)

Any Slashdotters reading this also frequent Fark.com? If so, I'd like to know which you think is worse in terms of lame clichés being wheeled out at every opportunity.

Re:[Offtopic] Clichés (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576364)

I dunno, fark has more of a cult following while slashdot is a bit more diverse. ...
 
/.I read both
/./.not on a plane
/././.slashdotties!

Tom

Re:on a plane? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576397)


"That's. it. I want these motherf****** laptops off this motherf****** plane."

On a plane (1)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576154)

The photographer says
It is only a matter of time until such an incident breaks out on a plane
I say that it wouldn't cause much harm to the flight unless it happened just next to the pilots or something. It _shouldn't_ cause much harm to the flight! Just a small fire, easy to put out, that's all. Imagine a large passenger flying machine, where this happens in the cabin. The pilots would probably not even notice until informed by the cabin crew afterwards. (Especially not nowadays with locked doors due to all the tourism.. sorry, terrorism paranoia.)

Re:On a plane (2, Informative)

codemaster2b (901536) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576473)

They would notice because the automated fire / smoke detection systems would notify them.

Terrorism? *kidding* (1, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576156)

Was this....

ATTEMPTED MURDER?

Steal a laptop, replace it's battery with an explosive one, and set it to explode when it is in a certain place or at a certain time.

OMG I guess they'll have to ban laptops from airplanes now.

Hey Osama, wanna laptop?

Re:Terrorism? *kidding* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576392)

DUMBEST...POST...EVER!!!!!

New name? (1)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576208)

Perhaps we need to find a new name for them other than "laptop." I'm certainly not putting my HP on my lap without a sheet of Space Shuttle tiles between me and it.

Re:New name? (1)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576304)

Those space shuttle tiles will protect your legs alright. Now, what about your chest, arms and face? Those will take the exact same amount of damage as if you were using it on a desk.

The truth is that there is no point in worrying about this unless you happen to run a similar model to the one that went bang. Using your laptop on your lap or not is a mere detail (though sensationalised by the author of the linked page). The explosion itself is the real issue.

Re:New name? (1)

Qubit (100461) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576344)

without a sheet of Space Shuttle tiles between me and it.

if the heat doesn't get to your nads, the falling foam sure will...

This is a common occurence (5, Informative)

Psykechan (255694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576228)

I was going to make a joke linking this story and a recent story about an iBook catching fire [wcco.com] (on video as well) with Dell now listing Apple Mac OS X [tuaw.com] as a choice on their driver download page. This is serious though.

People, do not use your laptop on carpet or in situations where it may not get ample ventilation. It can burst into flames and harm people or property... well definitely the laptop at least. Read your manuals and follow the disclaimers.

Warning: Do not place your iBook G4 on a pillow or other soft material when it is on,
as the material may block the airflow vents, in particular the rear vents, and cause the
computer to overheat. -Apple iBook manual (Page 70)

Dell D800? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576236)

That looks like a Dell Latitude D800?

Anyone else know of any models that look like that?

Re:Dell D800? (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576326)

Pretty much every laptop looks like that when it's on fire!

Definitive Answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576357)

Not Vista ready

The Fresh Maker (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576244)

Rule 1: Do not put Mentos in laptop.

Solved that one... (1)

amdandcode (952992) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576283)

When I got I8kfanGUI (http://www.diefer.de/i8kfan/).

It doesn't work on all Dell models, but I've been using it on my Inspiron 9300 with no problems at all. My dad also uses it on his laptop and it works just great. One problem with Dell laptops is they don't kick the fans on soon enough or high enough - not to mention the cooling pathways are rather poorly designed. If you're going to bypass the built-in rules Dell provides on the BIOS, however, you need to make sure you know what you're doing or you can cause even more damage. My notebook got ridiculously hot before bypassing the default BIOS settings but works fine now - even in my lap.

Re:Solved that one... (1)

un1xl0ser (575642) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576435)

I understand why you would want to do this, but here is the rub. How are we sure that the owner of the laptop that was on fire didn't run an application like that to make his laptop more silent? How do we know that he didn't install software and the software just failed?

IMHO, the laptop should have a certain point where it just shuts down when it gets too hot. Playing around with that setting isn't always a good thing.

If a company makes a laptop that is way too hot ... don't buy it. Puting it on blocks of ice, or having extra fans and even hacking the software doesn't avoid the fact that you are buying shit hardware.

all I can think to say... (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576297)

...is shout "OPA!", and smash a plate! (Like they do in Greek restaurants.)

The situation is improving (1)

DigitalRaptor (815681) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576309)

I have a Dell Inspiron 9100 (looks just like the one pictured, on fire), and that sucker pulls 90 watts just sitting there, and over 110 when watching a movie!

It's a couple years old.

My wife just got a Dell E1505, and it's a faster machine, but only pulls 28 watts sitting there and 35 watching a movie.

Unless you wire it right into the car battery, I can't even run my laptop with my 600 watt inverter, the inverter just can't get enough juice from the cigarette lighter.

The E1505 can run right off the cigarette lighter with a $20 100 watt inverter [andale.com] that just hangs out of the cigarette lighter.

So I can totally see how my laptop would be MUCH more likely to catch fire than hers. Hmm, time to upgrade.

Re:The situation is improving (1)

codemaster2b (901536) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576511)

It can't run off a 600Watt, when it takes 90-110? Thats just nonsense. First, cars aren't going to give you 600 - that's peak anyhow. Try 13.5 volts at 15 Amps (fused) = 200 Watts. You can have a 3000 Watt Inverter, but you have to wire it yourself, and bypass some fuses.

Re:The situation is improving (1)

DigitalRaptor (815681) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576634)

but you have to wire it yourself, and bypass some fuses.

As I said, my 600W inverter will power my laptop if it's wired directly into the battery, but pulls too much juice to do it through the cigarette lighter.

You are right, a 200W inverter would work, if the cigarette lighter would sustain that, but my epxerience has been that they don't put out enough juice to power my laptop, but easily power my wifes.

Just curious... (5, Funny)

foo52 (980867) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576329)

Does Dell cover explosions in their warrenty?

Second picture (5, Funny)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576368)

I like the way that in the second picture, the laptop is still burning, yet just in the shot you can see some geek typing on another laptop, just a couple of feet away. Not even a fire can stop a geek from bashing out some code! Or maybe he's on IRC: "d00dz, a laptop just caught fire in front of me!!! Freaky!! Its still burnin..."

Let me guess (4, Funny)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576396)

Was that laptop was web server host to the previous slashdot story?

What caught fire? (1)

NekoXP (67564) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576432)

The laptop set alight?

Or it set the pretty silk tablecloth alight with it's heat, which then in turn burned the laptop?

Either way the damn thing was too hot, but I don't think laptops just burst into flame if you have them on a table.

Videos? (1)

Mr.Sharpy (472377) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576499)

Are there any videos? A video would be priceless

This is Dvorak's fault! (1)

ezratrumpet (937206) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576500)

All those people, typing upwards of 200 wpm....it was just a matter of time before a laptop caught fire. Now maybe we'll end all of new-fangled keyboard layouts to help people "type faster" and stick with QWERTY like Bill, Steve, and Mike intended. It's for the greater good and all.

Dude, you're gettin' a skin graft! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576524)

...is what they'd be saying if the owner had been using it on his lap at ignition time.

Lapt0p Esplodes!! (0, Redundant)

gforce811 (903907) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576579)

Oh Noes!!!1!one

Now you see why fuel cell laptops are a good idea (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576609)

The water vapor coming out the other end of the fuel cell allows one to put out the flames on a coworker's Dell.
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