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    Typing from other computer.

    Some time ago, I requested help about my overheating laptop. They wanted system specs. But whenever I tried to view my system properties or specs, my Vista shuts off randomly. No error message, nothing. As if it had been force shutdowned.

    So I decided to live with it.

    The other day, I was using my Vista. Due to overheating, it changed into a black screen as a fail safe. But the fan kept blowing on, and my computer became hotter and hotter. I could not turn it off, for the Power button was too hot to touch.

    Then the computer burst into flames! After searching the web, there was only one other person who had the same issue as me, and his thread didn't provide much help.

    But before that. The computer was jammed with dust. The reason I did not clean it out is because my computer was manufactured with the assumption overheating would never happen. Therefore it was impossible to dismantle.

    What I want to know is, why did this happen?

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    Re: Burst into flames...

    No offence, but I don't see how you don't know what the cause was. This is most likely due to your neglect by not blowing it out with compressed air to keep it clean to allow the laptop to cool off. All that dust acts like a thermal blanket preventing the laptop from being able to cool and holding the heat.

    It's a real shame. I hope you at least had some marshmallows to roast over the open fire.

    From your original post on this:
    Major Overheating Problem

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    Re: Burst into flames...

    you could have thrown a bucket of water on it,
    that would have cooled it down and solved the power off issue at the same time.

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    Re: Burst into flames...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    No offence, but I don't see how you don't know what the cause was. This is most likely due to your neglect by not blowing it out with compressed air to keep it clean to allow the laptop to cool off. All that dust acts like a thermal blanket preventing the laptop from being able to cool and holding the heat.

    It's a real shame. I hope you at least had some marshmallows to roast over the open fire.

    What no chestnuts roasting on an open fire?
    Yeah I know, it's too early for Christmas treats!
    THW

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    Re: Burst into flames...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    No offence, but I don't see how you don't know what the cause was. This is most likely due to your neglect by not blowing it out with compressed air to keep it clean to allow the laptop to cool off. All that dust acts like a thermal blanket preventing the laptop from being able to cool and holding the heat.

    It's a real shame. I hope you at least had some marshmallows to roast over the open fire.

    From your original post on this:
    Major Overheating Problem
    I tried compressed air. The vents that the fans blow out of are so small compressed air couldn't even reach it.

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    Re: Burst into flames...

    hey all, 1st post here. come on it wasn't vistas fault that your laptop caught fire. most laptops run hot and don't last long. most i have owned never lasted and were just cheap crap. laptop coolers i guess work don't own one i just set mine when forced to use it on ash trays or something to raise them off of a surface for cooling. i have known people whose batteries have shorted or overheated and melted their laptop but never caught fire. bummer. thanks for the space. poorguy

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