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Cybix

macrumors 6502a
Feb 10, 2006
993
1
Western Australia
something has definately been spilt on it, you can tell from the stains on the back of the plug/cable. it's shorted out somewhat..
 

grapes911

Moderator emeritus
Jul 28, 2003
6,995
10
Citizens Bank Park
p0intblank said:
Wow... that's scary! :eek: I sure hope Apple calls a recall on this.
Why? 1,000s of these have been shipped and this is the only one with a reported problem. No reason to do a recall for such a small percentage. Maybe that will change in the future. You should be hoping that it isn't really a problem and no recall will be needed.
 

macOSX-tastic

macrumors 6502a
Jan 9, 2005
853
2
At the Airport. UK
something was probably spilt on it, or something caused it to short.....we dont know the details. i dont think that it will be case for a recall unless we hear of a similar incident......

if it turns out there is a flaw in the design, well, it serves all y' all right for buying dirty dirty intel rubbish!!! (hugs PowerBook and it's hideous, ugly, out of date, so yesterday, not to be seen in the light of day, regular plug-mechanism, dont put that thing in front of me, i want it out of the house or i leave now, primitive powercord)

:D:D

S
 

California

macrumors 68040
Aug 21, 2004
3,870
85
The give away is that the guy cleaned it.

Why would he have cleaned it, if something hadn't been spilt on it?

And who in their right mind would let their cat sleep on their MBP?

I think some male kitty cat got possessive over the MBP ...

... and sprayed.

Interesting to see how Apple deals with it, though. I'd be very surprised if it was a product defect.
 

realityisterror

macrumors 65816
Aug 30, 2003
1,354
0
Snellville, GA
Would just spilling something cause it to short?
It should be DC rather than AC, so how exactly could it short? I'm definitely not an electrician, but I guess if the spilled liquid carried a current, that shouldn't cause it to short?

Should it?
 

CoMpX

macrumors 65816
Jun 29, 2005
1,242
0
New Jersey
Yes, it would short. DC shorts much worse than Ac though, because DC is a constant current, while AC is alternating. There are usually no sparks with DC, just intense, instant heat. Uhhh, my dad is an electrician.:cool:
 

realityisterror

macrumors 65816
Aug 30, 2003
1,354
0
Snellville, GA
CoMpX said:
Yes, it would short. DC shorts much worse than Ac though, because DC is a constant current, while AC is alternating. There are usually no sparks with DC, just intense, instant heat. Uhhh, my dad is an electrician.:cool:

I stand corrected.
Thanks for informing me :cool:
 

CoMpX

macrumors 65816
Jun 29, 2005
1,242
0
New Jersey
howesey said:
I think his cat peed on it.

I agree. Look at all of the rust deposits in the first pic around the base of the cord. This does not happen front electrical shorting alone. Because of the nature in which the plug rusted so quickly, I think this is due to the acidity of the urine. Well spotted. ;)
 

albeik

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 1, 2003
122
4
Marlborough, MA, USA
California said:
Hey, albeik, it was your magsafe that the cat peed on, right? Let us know.

lol! it is not mine... (I'll stick with my G4 powerbook for now)
Just wanted to share something I found.

I hope it IS cat pee! lol!
 

iHeartTheApple

macrumors 6502
Feb 13, 2006
338
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Boston, MA
While this is pretty scary:eek: , I think the other posters may be onto something regarding the possibility of a spill having occured. It sure does look like it has been discolored in a weird (read: not fire-like) way. I hope for all the new MBP owners that this was an isolated user-error case and not a product defect. :(
 

Counterfit

macrumors G3
Aug 20, 2003
8,195
0
sitting on your shoulder
Everyone keeps calling it rust. Plastic doesn't rust. Only iron rusts (rust is iron oxide, it's what you get when iron oxidizes. Most metals (to my knowledge) oxidize as well. Anodized aluminum has a thicker than normal layer of aluminum oxide, which also forms whenever aluminum is exposed to oxygen)). Anyways, I also suspect a short, either from a spill (or a possessive male cat ;)) or from a manufacturing fault (a design fault probably would have shown up sooner).
 

CoMpX

macrumors 65816
Jun 29, 2005
1,242
0
New Jersey
Counterfit said:
Everyone keeps calling it rust. Plastic doesn't rust. Only iron rusts (rust is iron oxide, it's what you get when iron oxidizes. Most metals (to my knowledge) oxidize as well. Anodized aluminum has a thicker than normal layer of aluminum oxide, which also forms whenever aluminum is exposed to oxygen)). Anyways, I also suspect a short, either from a spill (or a possessive male cat ;)) or from a manufacturing fault (a design fault probably would have shown up sooner).

Well couldn't the metal inside rust and leave deposits outside the unsealed plastic casing of the plug? ;)
 

Jay42

macrumors 65816
Jul 14, 2005
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Cybix said:
MacRumors turn's CSI ! i love it. :D

Dude, you should have seen it when those "iPod Video" pictures came out a couple weeks ago!
 

plinkoman

macrumors 65816
Jul 2, 2003
1,144
0
New York
CoMpX said:
Well couldn't the metal inside rust and leave deposits outside the unsealed plastic casing of the plug? ;)

no, because nothing can rust except iron. other metals can and do oxidize, but as rust is a special name for the more well known oxidation of iron specifically, iron can be the only metal that will rust, and i'm pretty sure those connectors aren't made of iron ;)
 
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