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A Dutch man has a run in with "MagSafe"

Hopefully, this is just an isolated case. A Dutch man had a pretty bad run in with Apple's new "MagSafe" power connector on his MacBook Pro. Here's Apple's take on MagSafe:

The new power adapter with MagSafe connector is just that: a magnetic connection instead of a physical one. So, tripping over a power cord won’t send MacBook Pro flying off a table or desk; the cord simply breaks cleanly away, without damage to either the cord or the system. As an added nicety, this means less wear on the connectors.

In this case, the MagSafe connector caught on fire and burned both the power adapter and MacBook Pro beyond repair. Luckily for this user though, Apple was quick to respond to the issue and is sending him a new unit ASAP:

"Apple support responded very well (thanks Klaas) and fast. Before I called our local Apple support line, the dutch engineers were already contacted by their US colleagues (who saw the pics) to inquire if I already called in. I'm getting a new MacBook asap and I will return my current one."

The pictures on the right were originally posted to flickr by the MacBook Pro owner, but were asked to be taken down by Apple while they investigated the issue.



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Macs vs. Windows
By shuttleboi on 3/18/2006 12:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
Current score: 1 Macbook Pro on fire vs. 10 million Windows blue screens. Great, Windows-loving fanboys.




RE: Macs vs. Windows
By shaw on 3/18/2006 1:02:40 AM , Rating: 1
Windows has the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)
Macs have the COFD (Catch on Fire Display)


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By jgar on 3/31/2006 1:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
I still don't like the pinwheel of death in OSX.


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Bonrock on 3/18/2006 2:42:00 AM , Rating: 2
You're comparing Apple's hardware with Microsoft's software? Boy, talk about a legitimate comparison. But if you must make that comparison, I'd take a computer that crashed over a computer that caught fire and potentially could have burned down my house any day.

By the way, if you're still whining about the Blue Screen of Death, you clearly haven't used Windows in the past five years (or your hardware is defective). My family has five computers with Windows XP and there has been only one blue screen--which turned out to be caused by defective hardware. I have a hard time believing we've just been lucky all this time.


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Madzombie on 3/18/2006 11:06:09 AM , Rating: 2
Current score: one potential house fire because of Apple vs zero potential house fires because of Windows.


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By lemonadesoda on 3/19/2006 7:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
... and how many times have i left the house, or gone to sleep, with the PC still running and FTP/P2Ping... and never even though about such a problem.

Just like a baby, you gotta take your mac with you everywhere 'cos it can't take care of itself.

Should I worry about my iPod Video catching fire also? Better not leave that thing plugged in overnight.

jk

(I hope!)


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Griswold on 4/1/2006 4:10:52 PM , Rating: 2
iPods dont catch fire, they explode. Didnt you know that?


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By MonkeyBoy668 on 3/24/2006 2:44:40 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't be surprised if Bill Gate's uber-house has a fire supression system that's controlled by Windows.


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Burning Bridges on 3/31/2006 7:01:05 AM , Rating: 2
1) Microsoft does not build its own computers.

2) What about all the thousands of laptops that have had to be recalled because of exploding batteries, etc etc?

3) The Xbox360 power supplies have been known to overheat, too.


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Bluestealth on 3/31/2006 11:34:12 AM , Rating: 2
2) Bad chinese manufactuering not bad design

3) This could be a bad design or poor manufacturing

BTW I don't think there were any problems with the Japanease laptop batteries, just the chinese. Build an inferior battery and it will explode :)


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Burning Bridges on 3/31/2006 1:52:19 PM , Rating: 2
Is it certain that this is bad design yet? Has anyone managed to replicate the fire? The poor quality of components is the fault of the company buying them, as the factories must be able to reach their price targets or go without a contract.

I agree it could be bad quality components for the Xbox360 power supply, though, I was just using it as an example that microsoft is not perfect, either. :)


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Bluestealth on 3/31/2006 4:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I was just using it as an example that microsoft is not perfect, either. :)


As if they need to look beyond their flagship products...


RE: Macs vs. Windows
By Odeen on 4/7/2006 4:58:59 PM , Rating: 4
Generally speaking, if I have a Windows laptop in my, well, lap, and it BSOD's, I can still have children afterwards. If a laptop (Windows or otherwise) catches on fire.. I may not be that lucky.

Methinks Apple Macbooks should carry a new sticker on the boxes that says "Warning: May cause nadular swelling and discomfort."


Where are all the flames?
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
Oh that's right they're coming out of the notebook. They should give a free fire extinguisher with every MacBook.

If this had been an XBOX 360 MS there would already by 50 posts about how much MS sucks. Let's be fair and talk about how much apple sucks for a change.




RE: Where are all the flames?
By osalcido on 3/17/2006 2:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
so true

and since you asked, here's how much apple sucks:
They only have 3.6% of the market!

http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1035

haha


RE: Where are all the flames?
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
Well they are up a full 1% from last year. I guess those we are the only one's who can make an intel work commercials are working.


RE: Where are all the flames?
By creathir on 3/17/2006 2:34:23 PM , Rating: 4
1%!!!
Woohoo!
It will take them close to 50 years to reach the half way point of "Taking over the world"...
(Mind you, this is an industry that is only 25 years old...)
- Creathir


RE: Where are all the flames?
By egrefen on 3/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: Where are all the flames?
By NuroMancer on 3/18/2006 11:24:57 AM , Rating: 2
Um.. and at the same time it could be longer, it could be shorter.....
Don't be an ass, it was just a comment.


RE: Where are all the flames?
By JBird7986 on 3/17/2006 3:46:54 PM , Rating: 2
That article is dated 4/27/05...I wonder what their market share is at now...


RE: Where are all the flames?
By Clauzii on 3/17/2006 11:59:15 PM , Rating: 2
Higher :)


RE: Where are all the flames?
By Rampage on 3/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: Where are all the flames?
By Clauzii on 3/18/2006 12:04:52 AM , Rating: 2
Personal Computer market - that is....


RE: Where are all the flames?
By Clauzii on 3/18/2006 12:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
< wrong place in thread >


Editing
By JBird7986 on 3/17/2006 2:10:44 PM , Rating: 1
Um folks...

"Hazzard" only has one "z." It should be "hazard."




RE: Editing
By KeithTalent on 3/17/2006 2:14:09 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, someone at DailyTech has been watching too much Dukes of Hazzard.


"Hazzard" only has one "z." It should be "hazard."
By Eug on 3/17/2006 2:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
Tell that to Daisy Duke. ;)


RE: "Hazzard" only has one "z." It should be "hazard."
By NFS4 on 3/17/2006 2:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, she snubbed the president yesterday. She's moving on up in the world ;)


By AbelIAN on 3/18/2006 9:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, someone being too white trash to be Daisy Duke.


RE: Editing
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:32:41 PM , Rating: 4
Why does everyone pick on Branndon so much on here?


RE: Editing
By brownba on 3/17/2006 2:36:42 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just him; it's all the editors who apparently don't use a spell checker.
(and you misspelled Brandon)


RE: Editing
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:47:44 PM , Rating: 3
I know I misspelled Brandon it was supposed to be funny.
Oh well.. Swing and a miss


RE: Editing
By DigitalFreak on 3/17/2006 2:47:48 PM , Rating: 2
Noo he didnt'. Evrythng in that centense waz speld corect.


Why is Apple asking to take down the photos?
By Cunthor01 on 3/17/2006 11:35:12 PM , Rating: 2
The pictures on the right were originally posted to flickr by the MacBook Pro owner, but were asked to be taken down by Apple while they investigated the issue.

It's pretty funny how hush-hush apple seem whenever their product go bad. I don't recall MS asking the German website to take down the photos that contain xbox360 and that heatsink foil problem...




RE: Why is Apple asking to take down the photos?
By Clauzii on 3/18/2006 12:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
If it´s only one machine until now why make a big HulaBaLula about it? I find it sensible.

Macrosoft don´t need to ask for those tape/foil pics to be removed, ´cause the machines are build that way - nothing actually wrong just not so good, so then why bother??


By Griswold on 4/1/2006 4:09:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If it´s only one machine until now why make a big HulaBaLula about it? I find it sensible.


How bout one is one too many ?

quote:
Macrosoft don´t need to ask for those tape/foil pics to be removed, ´cause the machines are build that way - nothing actually wrong just not so good, so then why bother??


Apple dont need to ask for those flaming macpro pics to be removed, 'cause the machines are built that way - nothing actually wrong just not so good, so then why bother??



Hot!
By BladeVenom on 3/17/2006 4:37:22 PM , Rating: 2
And people complained about Pentiums running hot.




RE: Hot!
By MrEMan on 3/17/2006 5:55:12 PM , Rating: 2
Where is the Tom's Hardware video?


Just one?
By tjr508 on 3/17/2006 8:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
Slow news day? Why try to scare people about a product if ONE catches fire? If there was a website that documented every consumer electronic device to catch fire then it would take ten lifetimes to read.




RE: Just one?
By mxzrider2 on 3/17/2006 9:15:34 PM , Rating: 2
probably


By RedStar on 3/17/2006 11:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
lol :)

priceless




Cat Pee
By aliasfox on 4/16/2006 2:25:28 PM , Rating: 2
I read that the cat pissed on the connector and it shorted out because of it. Funny.




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