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my netbook is mysteriously getting bigger - it just popped!


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jaffacake

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Hi,
I have a very strange problem with my Eee PC 1008HA netbook. A while ago I noticed a bump under my keyboard, somewhere around the ALT key. It kept on rising, and suddenly my touchpad, which did not work, started working again. Then my computer opened up and the front. It was rising more and more and now the left side broke open completely (breaking the screws!). I can see now that there is a black plastic bag inside my computer which is causing this, like a blow-up cushion that's getting more and more air. I attached pictures. What can I do? Is this somehow dangerous? What is going on?
It would be really great if somebody could help me with this!

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Kemasa

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In doing a search for the battery for your netbook, it appears that would match with you are having a problem with:

http://www.ebay.com/...=item3a52bdc0c0

This is listed as a Li-ion battery

While this is in reference to a different battery, it does seem to apply and it indicates that it can be a danger:

https://discussions....art=30&tstart=0

2 - Are expanding batteries dangerous?

Yes, they are potentially dangerous to you as well as your computer. Li-ion-polymer batteries may leak or explode after a certain threshold. In other words, once safe limits for temperature, over-voltage/current and physical expansion are crossed, the battery is like a time-bomb. The battery may combust releasing toxic fumes. (Watch youtube videos)


So, I would take it quite seriously.
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jaffacake

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Hi,
I just wanted to thank you very much. Viewing your post was the last thing I did on that computer. I contacted the manufacturer and after arguing for a long time about safety hazards etc. they agreed to send me a new computer in exchange for this one (which was almost 4 years old)! :-)
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phillpower2

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Glad you got it sorted and thanks for the follow up jaffacake the information may help others who have the same or a similar notebook battery problem :thumbsup:
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What a lucky guy :o
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