Saturday, September 4, 2010

These Toshiba Computers are Hot - Literally

"Toshiba recalls 41,000 computers over risk of burns"
CNN (September 3, 2010)

"Toshiba has announced the voluntary recall of about 41,000 notebook computers worldwide at risk of overheating and burning users.

"The recalled models are the Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130 notebook computers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"Consumers are asked to immediately download the latest version of a software program called BIOS. The program will detect whether a recalled notebook is overheating, and will disable the computer's external power and alert the consumer to contact Toshiba for a free repair. The software is available at http://laptops.toshiba.com/about/consumer-notices. Customers without Internet access are asked to contact the company for installation of the program...."

This reminds the Lemming of the Sony/Dell exploding laptop batteries, back in 2006. (CNET (August 14, 2006)

So far, the score is 129 slightly melted laptops, with unspecified minor injuries and property damage. I hope nobody gets seriously hurt.

The good news is that word is getting out about this glitch - and it looks like a fix is available.

2 comments:

Left-Footer said...

Thanks - I bought one of these 2 months ago. Checked the link, but couldn't find the test program.

Mine's not noticeably warm.

Will tweet this now.

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Left-Footer,

My pleasure.

My guess is that it's a minority of the affected models that have a problem - hence the software update, possibly to check on which batch the unit came from.

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