Actually, PhaedraCorruption's DFI board that he got from me (for free >_> ) ended up going down in flames, quite literally.
Computers bursting into flames are usually miths. There is probably a mobo function that would allow the computer turn off before reaching dangerous temps to cause a fire.
Besides, plastic can melt pretty easy, try putting a heavy object with plastic or rubber feet on top of a metallic surface or even a wooden table and expose it to the sun. You will end up with melted feet and like in my case, a printer glued to my table
Anyways, what you can do is run prime95 or intel burn test (linpack/linx) to see what temperatures can you reach and find out if you have a faulty CPU or if your incident was a result of a series of misfortunes.
In addition, I'd like to say that at this point that laptop SHOULD NOT be used anymore, especially as laptops are normally well-engineered with the heat tolerances in mind. So if the laptop has gone into a failure mode where it starts melting keys on the keyboard
, that's when it's time to write the thing off, pull the hard drive and use it as an external, then flog off the machine for parts.Edited by Quantum Reality - 8/17/11 at 8:25pm