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User reports smoking MacBook

updated 03:35 pm EST, Sun December 21, 2008

Smoking MacBook reported

An individual in the United Kingdom has reported a potential MacBook safety hazard after being awoken by the sound of fire alarms that were triggered by smoke emitting from the back of the device, according to Sevenmac. The user had been reportedly using MacBook to watch a DVD, with the lid open and video output routed to an external display. Photographs show smoke residue above the cooling vent, on the desk and covering the MacBook logo below the screen. Despite the smoke, the 2.16GHz MacBook continued to function properly and smcFanControl did not indicate any errors.

The problems appeared to be internal and unrelated to the battery, although the device is currently being inspected by Apple. Manufacturing issues forced the computer-maker to recall over 1.8 million batteries in 2006, while isolated MacBook fires continued into 2007.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so what?

    its an electrical device, electricity causes heat. Parts do fail, if they didn't ever, then they wouldn't be built by humans. I've had plenty of electronics die in smokey, and even sparky deaths.

    oh well I guess he let the magic smoke out...

  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's hard to quit.

    I don't blame the MacBook. I know it's hard to quit smoking; sometimes it just takes a good support group to help get it through the cravings.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hard to believe.

    These new MacBooks are only a few months out. They're not old enough to smoke.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Beginning of the end

    It's a huge blow to Apple. Especially in the midst of worldwide recession and Steve Job's questionable physical condition, it would be a matter of time before more and more people get angry at Apple over this kind of quality control issues and jump ship. And it might be too late for them to straighten out.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Really Apple!!

    I'm sure Apple will take good care of this customer but if this incident happened to a Dell h*** would break loose. God knows I'm no fan of Dell but Apple's Quality Control seems to be running into some trouble lately.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Youre funny! keep posting more. I get a great laugh from it!

  1. efithian

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Sounds like those ladybugs residing on the circuit board got roasted ;-)

  1. Londor

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd bet the source of the smoke was a candle and not the MB.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quality control?

    Why is it that ONE failure of a machine that's produced in the millions always brings out the "Apple's quality is slacking" group?

    It's a piece of electronics. They DO fail from time to time. Apple tends to have one of the LOWEST failure rates of machines in the market.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not so quick

    I have a 512KE that had a sparking board connector for years and a iBook with 2 bad logic boards. Macs are far from perfect around here. About a 40% failure rate.

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