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post #1 of 10
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Hi OCN,

I had a issue with my Toshiba A500 this morning...

I put it down on my bed, to get out of it, the laptop shutdown itself.

I thought first that it was just overheating, the fan was going on quite a bit, and it was just thermal shutdown.

But then I as smoke gone out of the ventilation port with the smell of burn of burned chip / capacitor.

It boot fine, I've let prime 95 ran for 1-2 hours and it's stable, the smell is still there doh...

The temp are in range.

Here my question, I use this laptop everyday,

Should I change the laptop, I've found one similar (except second gen I5 processor), for around 580$

or Should I wait and hope?

Your advice please.
    
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post #2 of 10
If it's working I wouldn't worry, the smoke obviously isn't good, I'd open it up and have a look for any damage/burn marks before writing it off.

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I'll try to open it up but it seem to be all but easy, what "brand name" laptop are easy to take apart...

I was thinking, IF I changed it, to use it like a laptop I'm move around outside the house (go to friends, co-worker, office etc) and/or like backup laptop to do testing...

I believe I'll have to take it apart and try to see where the damage are and get used to the burning smell (should go out eventually)...
    
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post #4 of 10
Most of them are relatively simple, just make a map of where the screws go and you'll be fine... Take your time and it's pretty simple tbh, just because it's smaller doesn't mean it's harder wink.gif

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post #5 of 10
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Yea...

I try to find a guide how to take it apart... until now I didn't found anything.

If someone has a guide to dissemble the a Toshiba A500 series I would like to have a copy.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nivis Tigridis View Post

Yea...
I try to find a guide how to take it apart... until now I didn't found anything.
If someone has a guide to dissemble the a Toshiba A500 series I would like to have a copy.

This should help you get started.
post #7 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by VanillaCena View Post

This should help you get started.

Thanks, I did found it earlier but I had to see a video to catch that I was miss reading the first part...

I'll try it tonight, I'll keep you updated...

EDIT: Found this if anyone is interested Toshiba A500 Maintenance manual
Edited by Nivis Tigridis - 11/28/11 at 7:14am
    
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post #8 of 10
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I've took apart my laptop and didn't found any burn / destroyed parts, just a lot of dust in the heat sink... the only part that was smelling "burn" is in my card reader (that I don't use).

I hope all will be good from now on...
    
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post #9 of 10
Toshibas are notorious to have hardware just randomly fail on a whim, but luckily it will keep working. I would know because I had all of the USB ports burn up on an A135, and I am typing on a Toshiba L305D with a completely broken LCD panel, that also has a damaged VGA port which is really strange because it was never even used until now...

If its something that you can live without, don't worry too much but if anything else strange happens, I would have someone inspect the mobo.
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post #10 of 10
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Weird it's my 3rd Toshiba...

1st one HDD controller issue or hard drive issue (never knew what was in cause, I suspect the HDD controller) after 2 years.

2nd one... still working fine, slow but 0 issues..

3rd on, this one, this weird issue...

The Mobo is, visually, good; I repair / test boards at my office (not at full time) and didn't saw any indication of burn or damaged component... Time will tell how this laptop will work.

1 thing for sure I'll push myself to clean the heat sink more often!
    
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