quote: You'll have to excuse me when I say I don't believe you. And if your somewhat unbelievable story is in fact true, it sounds to me like it's a combination of a series of really bad power supplies with 10 years of accumulating dust.(Hint, computer chips usually don't catch on fire and produce flames, especially when the computer is off and they aren't drawing any power)
quote: n one case, I also had a 3 inch flam
quote: flam [flam]...2. a falsehood; lie."
quote: ok, so it wasn't the ATI chip that caused it. It was an inductor, but I know what I saw, and the ATI chip burned, shattered, pulled off the board, sent flames flying, etc. The inductor probably sent an overvoltage to the video chip and killed it.
quote: ... even when its mprimary competitor ...
quote: Dust or water/humidity damage. I have dozens of machines with rage chipsets including the XL and have never had a problem like that, or with heat in general
quote: These machines had been sitting around unused for over 2 years, but they were operational before they were taken down
quote: On all three systems, as soon as I plugged them in, hadn't even powered them on, I had smoke come out the back instantly
quote: some sort of corporate equivalent of libel/slander.
quote: ...but there's a good chance you own a product built and co-designed by them. It serves as the original design manufacturer for much of the laptop lineup of Hewlett Packard Comp. (HPQ), Apple, Inc. (AAPL), Dell, Inc. (DELL), Sony Corp. (TYO:6758), and Toshiba Corp. (TYO:6502), to name just a few. It takes these companies designs and tweaks them to bring the laptops to life in production form.