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who says technolog isn't out to get us????

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Mitzs, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Mitzs
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    My laptop tried to electrocute me sunday night while I was sitting in my chair with it on my lap. It all of sudden started shocking my legs so my reaction was to get up set it down and turn it off.

    What actually happen was me trying to get up with the dam blanket wraping around my legs and I bit the dust and hit the floor. :blink Then the laptop bounce out of my hands hit the kitchen floor and slid across it till my cable that is pluged into my router bought it to a dead stop.:eek: I think this is when the lid slamed shut on it. :eek: So I crawed the couple of feet to where it layed picking up the laptop battery on my way. When I open it back up, it was to see that my screen had shattred. :cry: I'm pretty sure, that the mother board was prob all ready fried, because it was going off when I started getting up. That what caused me to fall, I was busy watching what the laptop was doing instead of what I was doing. My question is guys. Do you think it fried the hdd too? I'm going to get the hdd out before I take it off this weekend anyway but I'm just wondering if maybe the hdd might actaully work, or if the whole thing is prob just fried. :cry:
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    It's worth checking. You can slave it to a PC by buying one of these wonderful gizmos and seeing if there's still data on it.
     
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    Thank you hun. I've saved it to fav!
     
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    If you still lived over in my neck of the woods, I'd letcha borrow mine. :)
     
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    Since I live 3 hours from you now, it would be cheaper for me to buy that then pay for the gas to get up there and back.:D Gas is down to a 1.79 for high test now. What is up there?
     
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    Even if the OS on the HD is corrupted you can always use WINHEX to get the data back.

    It takes long time to recover but works!8)

    is that gallons or litres of petrol?

    If it's gallons, how would you feel about paying 98p for a litre of petrol??8)
     
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    is that $1.79 a gallon ?

    grim
     
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    yes, for a gallon grim.
     
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    I guess that 98p isn't the same as 98 cents? 2 cents under a dollar? It doesn't matter anyway. My car takes gas not petrol. That what you get for driving all those foregin cars! :twisted: :biggrin
     
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    Holy crap! :ohmy I didn't know it was under $2/gal anywhere, and over $3 in many places. It's about $2.60ish here...
     
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    Current price in London, of a Gallon (US, Liquid) of petrol/gas/whateverotherstupidnamesithas is...

    7.42666 USD

    so to fill the fuel tank on a HMMWV would cost

    185.6665 USD


    oh how very pleasant
    sometimes I'm glad I don't drive :)


    Back to the original topic

    there is a chance the HDD is ok, and the tips mentioned above should suffice
    if the drive was actually spinning during impact the chance of damage is significantly higher than if the spindle was locked as an active drive can withstand significantly less g-force than an inactive one

    Give it a go and cross your fingers :)
     
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    About $1.79 a gallon in my little corner of the world. :wink:
     
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    I'll be right up with a fuel truck, my friend. 8)
     
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    Ever seen the film Runaway with Tom Selleck where the computers and robot rebel. Maybe it'll get like that after cazed laptops start to attack people

    Next faze of computer domination will be Skynet and Terminators :D
     
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    Mitzs, this sounds very strange to me. A laptop doesnt run off high enough voltages to actually give you a shock. Usually laptop PSUs output around 19 volts DC. Also, the cases are generally plastic, with no exposed metal parts, except maybe the screws which are connected to the chassis and therefore at zero voltage.

    What i expect happened it that you experienced some strange tingling sensation and panicked (it has happened to me many times whilst fiddling with elecro mechanical toys). So, the laptop is probably not fried but suffering the after effects of being thrown to the ground.

    Therefore, i think your chances of beiing able to recover the data are higher than if some huge surge of electricity had fried all the components and you had dropped it.
     
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    No it was electric current.And actually I do have a metal plate bottom on mine I just measure it for you and it is 5x6 in size. I also forgot to mention though, that we rigged it to work, the battery doesn't keep a charge that long, so I have always used it pluged in, well it got a short in it at the plug end that goes into the laptop last year. So joe cut it and rewired it then use electric tape to wrap it back up. So I wonder if something could have been going on there? Not sure I just belive that was live elec coming though the bottom of it. But either way, she is now dead. May she rest in peace, and this weekend the autopsy will begin. :biggrin
     
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    What spec is the laptop and is it still under warranty?:blink
     
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    Ah i didn't realise your bottom has a metal plate.. now, if you were also soaking your feet in warm water at the time this could explain everything :p
     
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    Oh hell no, there is no warranty on it. I got it about 6 years ago used off of ebay. It is a c600 dell laditude running at 750 mhz, with 128 mb of memory. It came with windows 2000 installed on it. But it ran fine with xp pro. She was a good ole girl and my first. She will be dearly missed.
     
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    Hehe, no water not even my blond moments are that blond. :biggrin I really don't know for sure what it was. Guess it doesn't really matter now. I'll just run around looking and drooling at new ones for abit. Although the last time Mike worked for a testing cert software company, he had more then a few comp and a couple of laptops if I remember right. I wonder how high off the ground his window is in his office????:twisted: :biggrin
     
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