MacBook Joins the Club of Igniting Laptops

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Reader Eric has a little problem with his MacBook. The bottom left corner of the screen managed to somehow catch on fire, in turn toasting the entire left side of his notebook. Oddly enough, it doesn't seem that this problem was caused by an overheating battery. Eric said the employees at the Apple Store were shocked and told him to contact AppleCare, which was closed at the time.

What the hell is going on with all of these laptops? It must be a sign of the times that I am now nervous when using my own laptop. Apple will surely replace his laptop, but I am still concerned about what caused this incident. Time for another recall methinks. Thanks, Eric.

Update: So there is a pretty big twist in this story that has been unveiled thanks to our commenters and the commenters on the Digg about this post. Apparently our boy Eric, aka Vanquish 2005, posted this over on Digg a couple weeks ago.

by Vanquish2005 on 8/26/06
- 55 diggs
"yeah i hate my macbook. I am trying to get Apple to let me upgrade to MacBook Pro. Dose anyone have any ideas on how to convince them?"


Uh oh, starting to sound a litte fishy!

Now his story was sounding pretty legit until he mentioned in the Gizmodo comments below that it caught on fire again! How the hell does that happen? Then to stir up the pot even more, over on Digg he said:

...yes i was i was useing it when it happened and it got my hand on fire.

Pardon my French, but what the fuck!

If you want some more fun stuff, our buddy Vanquish has a blog where he is chronicling these events and whatnot. After being completely ridiculed on Digg he deleted the blog, but luckily the folks at Depicked worked their magic to save the cache and rehost it here.


The last little tidbit of info that leads me to believe this is a scam: last night when Vanquish was IM'ing me about the laptop and sending me pics he insisted I waited until this morning to post about it (I was planning on posting it late last night), to get the most exposure. What's the deal, buddy? You trying to scam our beloved Apple out of a laptop?