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Re: [OT] Notebooks and Systemic Failures

  • Subject: Re: [OT] Notebooks and Systemic Failures
  • From: Hadron Quark <qadronhuark@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 11:39:07 +0200
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Jim <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> I've run across this too many times for it to be mere coincidence. The newer
> Toshiba notebooks (ie less than three years old) seem to have a design flaw
> which results in, among other things, the power socket popping off the
> board. Simple, reseat it.
> This is where life gets interesting.
> OK, the socket's reseated. Put the heatsink back on (you read it right
> folks, the heatsink sits over the power socket!), plug in the battery
> and...
> ...provided the battery is fully charged (maybe, just maybe you have a spare
> - I have a charging rack with half a dozen notebook batteries in various
> stages of reconditioning at any one time) the unit powers up. And runs from
> the battery. Here's where it gets /really/ screwy. Whether or not the
> battery is charged, the unit will run from line and power management will
> report no battery present. Sure enough, if you unplug the line with a fully
> charged battery in, it dies. Running from battery on a cold boot works
> fine, but plugging in the line switches over to line power and ignores the
> battery completely. Unplug the line again, instant and hard shutdown.
> Here's what I think happened...
> Someone at Toshiba had a brain fart.
> Said brainfart has resulted in a design fuckup of gargantuan proportions.
> I've lost count (actually, I stopped counting after around twenty) of the
> number of late-model Toshibas that have come in with exactly the same
> problem. The only practical solution for which, is to replace the
> motherboard. Which, of course, Toshiba are reluctant to supply.
> Wonderfulness. :\

More on topic than most of Roy's tripe IMO.

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