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compaq presario laptop smoking!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by danjohnson10, Dec 23, 2012.

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  1. danjohnson10

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    I have a 3 year old compaq presario CQ60-417DX. The laptop was in sleep mode (or whatever it's called when the power is on but the lid is closed), and had been on for about an hour when I opened the lid. The screen automatically turns on when you open the lid, and it did that, but when it did so there was a lot of digital interference. That is, the screen was all scrambled and the pattern changing rapidly. Then the scrambling disappeared briefly and the logon screen appeared, but then it became scrambled again. I quickly closed the lid and that's when I saw some whisps of smoke coming out the back vent. It returned to sleep mode but I wanted to turn it off, so as fast as possible I opened the lid and held the power button several seconds until it shut off. I can smell that something burned but only when I hold my nose to the vent. I want to make clear that only a few months ago I used an air can to spray out the dust and there was no overheating problem.

    What could it be that burned and that would cause interference with the monitor? I really do not want to have to send the laptop somewhere to be fixed. If I could just access the hard drive somehow I can transfer all I need to another disk and get a new laptop. The operating system appeared to be fine. If I turn the computer back on but hook up an external monitor am I risking damaging the hard drive?
     
  2. dai

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    take the hard drive out before you try to power on

    first open it up and see if you can see what shorted out,you should see something showing signs of burning discoloration

    providing it was not the hard drive you can get the stuff off later,by slaving it or using an external connector
     
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