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I'm not too sure if this is the best section for this, but its the best in my opinion.

Here is a little background on the laptop.
Her laptop had a battery recall on it so her parents paid almost half the cost of the laptop for a new one ($300) that was "supposedly" better.

Okay, so here is how it all started...
I was over my girlfriends house and her sister was bugging me for awhile to put openoffice on her computer (My girlfriends family is not very good at computers). So after while of being bugged I finally did it. So I went up stairs, took her laptop off of her charger, sat in her living room on the sofa with her mom and my girlfriend sitting on chairs. We were all talking as I was waiting for her laptop to start up and all of a sudden I see black smoke and sparks shoot out of the side of her laptop near her dvd drive and I was like
By this time I know some crap is about to go down so I jump up and grab the laptop by the screen and sprint to the front door as swiftly as I could. I thought the laptop was done with its spark show so I sat it down on her front porch. My girlfriend, her mom and were all out side at this point and were looking down at the laptop like and I notice a small little red spot near the battery so I know its about to spark again. The only thing I could think of was to once again grab the laptop by the screen but this time instead of carrying it, I threw it like a Frisbee into their driveway. About 3 seconds after it hit the ground the laptop started to making loud popping noises and bursted into flames about 3 or 4 feet high. About 5 minutes later of playing firefighter this was the damage.


Another


Here are some more pictures a couple of days after when the laptop was dried out. Surprisingly the hard drive was undamaged and I was able to recover all of the data.





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After all of this happened I was thanked many times because if it wasn't for me using her laptop at that one time, their house would of caught on fire since her sister wouldn't know what to do.
Edited by RileyD - 5/29/11 at 8:06pm
    
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Wow... You could probably sue them for this if you wanted.
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Ummm, so the battery exploded? No, I have never had a laptop battery explode on me, though I have had a flashlight accidentally get raked into a fire, it exploded and shot like a rocket almost hitting someone.
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and this is why I never put a laptop on top of my lap again...
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Sue /insertlaptopbrand.

No but seriously didn't you feel it get hot or nothing whilst it was on your lap?
post #6 of 47
dang that crazy. lawsuit for sure.
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Originally Posted by RileyD View Post
The only thing I could think of was to once again grab the laptop by the screen but this time instead of carrying it, I threw it like a Frisbee into their driveway.
This part made me so hard. It's sig worthy, even. Seriously though sounds like they sent you the wrong frickin' battery.

EDIT: Aww hell I sigged it.
Edited by AdmRose - 5/30/11 at 7:17pm
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post #8 of 47
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It didn't get hot or anything! They did end of getting a free laptop from all of this. Its not a bad on either, it has an i5 in to. I'm not too sure of what else it had or even what the model is. I stay away from it.

Also I only had a little red mark on my leg, nothing else.

Edit: You know how you see people on tv that are insanely afraid of things like balloons or peaches? Yeah, thats how I am about HP laptops now.
    
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Good job handling the situation . Was the battery they bought directly from the manufacturer or some third party company?
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They got it directly from HP.
    
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