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Old Jan 10, 2006, 11:30 PM   #1
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Poll: Have you ever accidentally had your Laptop get pulled off a table by tripping over the power cable?


Vote: Poll: Have you ever accidentally had your Laptop get pulled off a table by tripping over the power cable?
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Old Jan 10, 2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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Yep, also tripped over an old PowerBook SCSI cable and lost both the SCSI port and all the expansion RAM.
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Old Jan 10, 2006, 11:37 PM   #3
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Not exactly, but I did have a cable-pulled disaster once.

I was carrying my 12" powerbook open and on (with the power cable plugged into the machine and the AC block end of it in my hand) and I stepped over a baby gate and the slack from the power cable got caught on the gate and pulled the entire machine right out of my hands. I'd say that qualifies as a yes to the question.

It left a major dent on the lower-left corner of the machine and about a year and a half later the CD drive went nuts and the powerbook died. Cost $500 to fix and took two weeks because I had to get it back from Apple because they blamed the malfunction on the drop that left the dent and wanted $900 to replace the guts of the whole machine (thank god for the couple Apple specialists left around).

Needless to say, I really like the new magnetic adaptor.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 12:05 AM   #4
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Actually, it was my dogs

One day about six months ago, I was diligently working at my desk when my dogs (we have three of them) decided they were going to play a game of tag in the house, which they often do, but rarely in my office.

Needless to say, one swoop of the biggest dog's tail caused a fluke chain reaction that sent virtually my entire desktop a sailing across the room. Incidentally, I was able to catch part of it before it hit the floor, but unfortunately it was too late for the external firewire drive attached to my 'book (a pre-motion-sensor model). My laptop escaped with only superficial damage, but the lacie drive died a painful death over a 24-hour period.

I've tried many things to retrieve the files that were on it, including shots from a wedding I'd just done (luckily, it was a project for a relative I was doing for free just to be nice), but nothing's worked so far. My last resort when I can afford it will be to send it off to one of the top experts in data recovery, but it doesn't look too good at this point because the specialist at our state's education agency where my mom works tried himself (he even has access to a clean room) with no success. Consensus is that, at the very least, the head is busted, but it could be scratched as well because I was working in Photoshop at the time of the accident.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 12:07 AM   #5
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ya. just busted up the power adaptor tho.. had to push it together in working order with a pair of needle noze pliars tho.. this, i imagine looks like an awesome feature..
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 12:28 AM   #6
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I've had my 15" powerbook almost knocked over several times by people walking by...i think if there was an option in the poll for "near death heart-pumping experiences" of it almost happening there would be a lot more people.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 12:58 AM   #7
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I've had this happen with a sony. Never thought that there was a problem at the time but when i sent it in with a dvd drive complaint (under warranty) they said that the mainboard was damaged - notably the dc in bit was damaged and would not be covered as this must be due to negligence. Inever paid for repair but lived in fear of catastrophic failure of the machine should the DC in ever stopped working. I replaced the machine with an apple and have had a mac ever since (almost exactly 2yrs now).
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 01:06 AM   #8
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No, but I've had a lost of near accidents. It's incredibly that it hasn't crashed into the floor yet.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 01:31 AM   #9
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I tripped over my iBook's cable once, but it just slid along the table and didn't fall off.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 01:33 AM   #10
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Most of my laptops bare the marks of massive "oops!" moments.. The magnetic power-thingie is a good idea. It's the small touches that command the $500 price premium ;-D
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 01:35 AM   #11
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The second day I got my iBook my father caught the cord with his foot and it ripped it from my hands. No damage that time. The second, my dog, slight damage. So this added feature is a nice and very much needed bounce for me.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 01:40 AM   #12
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Yup - several times with the work PC. It's built like a brick though, and is more likely to damage the floor than itself.

I wasn't sure about this magnetic power cable at first, but the more I think about it, the more I think it's a very good idea. I haven't tested it yet, but it seems like another example of Apple's attention to detail which sets them apart.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 01:52 AM   #13
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i dont think the main issue is the powerbook falling off, although it can happen.

The main issue is the damage to the power socket, i have read many reviews about tripping over the cable and the power socket warping so that it can no longer be used.

So yeh, this magnetic power chord is a good thing.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 02:06 AM   #14
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My family has tripped over my powerbook's cable a couple of times... The worst trip made my laptop fall 3.5 feet. The hard drive died soon after and the fan groans everytime I turn it on.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 02:10 AM   #15
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simple math:

1(dog)+2(cats)+2(kids)+?(latenights)=powerbook fall
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 02:33 AM   #16
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I have not had my laptop fall off the table. But I have had a few instances where if i had set camp just a foot to the left or right, my laptop would not be here with us today.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 02:53 AM   #17
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Very nearly. I'd left my laptop on the settee and went to get a drink Ė on the way back I tripped over the modem cable (not the power one) and my little iBook lurched towards the edge of the seat. It ended up balanced precariously on the edge above our wooden floor, so it had a narrow escape I suppose.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 03:52 AM   #18
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I lost two power adapters due to this, powerbook is still fine.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 04:05 AM   #19
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There was no option for 'almost'. As in, I stood up once and the cord was wrapped around my leg. I took a step with iBook in hand and it pulled but I caught it.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 06:14 AM   #20
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No! The power lead gets yanked out if anyone ever trips over it... that's probably because my powerbook spends 95% of it's its time on my lap!

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Old Jan 11, 2006, 06:18 AM   #21
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Yes, and I was depressed all week.

It landed on the charger plug, so not only did it create this huge crater around the power adapter hole, but it screwed up the actual charger as well. That was $120 down the drain. I also got a quote to see what it would cost to get the bottom case replace, $400 - um , NO
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 06:29 AM   #22
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Iíve both tripped over the power cord to my iBook and had it tripped over. Neither caused any immediate damage but the iBook has just died of logic board failure and had a new hard drive last year after the first failed so who knows if that contributed.

On the subject of the power cable etc;

Obviously electricity is Ďdevilís magicí, Iíve never really understood much about it other than itís really quick, useful, blue if done right can give you super-powers and was used to power lots of 70ís clothing, but my toothbrush has a charger that it sits on, quite loosely too, and there are no metal contacts and itís used in the shower so is sealed completely. Howís that work then?
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 06:33 AM   #23
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my toothbrush has a charger that it sits on, quite loosely too, and there are no metal contacts and it’s used in the shower so is sealed completely. How’s that work then?
Oh my god! I got a toothbrush like that for Christmas, with a plastic handle, and a plastic dock, and it's genuinely quite disturbing. How does it charge?
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Oh my god! I got a toothbrush like that for Christmas, with a plastic handle, and a plastic dock, and it's genuinely quite disturbing. How does it charge?
Like I said it must be 'devil's magic'!
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No but I've knocked it off my balcony after having it for only 4 hours!



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