Toshiba warns of fiery laptops
Worldwide recall of ball burners
Toshiba and US and Canadian consumer watchdogs are recalling three laptop models after receiving reports that people have been burned by the AC adapters.
Tosh said about 41,000 machines had the fault, which can cause the plug-in AC adapter to overheat.
The company has received 129 reports of overheating causing the plastic case to deform. These included two reports of minor injury and two of minor property damage.
The models are Toshiba Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite Pro T130 sold between August 2009 and August 2010.
Anyone concerned their laptop may be on the list is advised to download the latest BIOS update from this page. It will tell you if your machine is overheating and disable its external power supply if it is. Affected models are eligible for free repair. ®
IT Crowd advice
Did you try turning it off and on again?
Why not ...
... just replace the power supply? Could it be the case the power supply is poorly matched to the needs of the computer and is therefore overheating because it's underrated for the battery's needs?
If the battery circuitry is simply drawing more than the supply is designed to provide, a BIOS update is not going to fix that. This seems soooooo similar to Apple's iPhone 4 fix for the wrong number of signal strength bars being displayed. Good fix for the wrong problem.
Any underrated power supply is going to overheat on any electrical device, computer or not. All sounds frelling fishy to me.
Where was the rant bout apple in this article, or the sly side swipe? I am reading el Reg? I guess i will have to wait for readers comments then
"Worldwide recall of ball burners"
Mine has the fireproof pockets.
Recent Toshiba lemons
I've got a bunch of clients with Toshiba Portege R700s and they they lock up every other day with fans at 100%.
The "fix" is to disable the fingerprint scanner - seriously? We're already on firmware 1.4 (started as 1.1 earlier this year) and it hasn't fixed the problem on what is an expensive not-so-heavy paperweight as far as customers are concerned...
Toshiba 25th Anniversary models = FAIL