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killerpunch
26th June 2006, 07:19 PM
Yes, swollen!

I put my MBP (yes, a Rev A) flat down on my desk for the first time in a couple of weeks (I normally have it sitting on a laptop stand) and it wouldn't sit flat - as if there was something stuck underneath it. So I flipped it over to see the battery with a big bulge in it! Aaaaah!

It quickly dawned on me that this was the reason for 2 problems I've had in the last week...
- MBP randomly shutting down (not even sleeping, even if the battery said it was at full capacity)
- Trackpad mouse button loosing its "click" (ie it wouldn't depress properly - sometimes also when I pressed outside of the button it would register a click!)

The battery had swollen enough that it was pressing into the underside of the trackpad button, making it difficult to press! As soon as I took the battery out the button was fine again.

A quick Google showed I wasn't the only one - macfixit.com had a couple of pics (http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20060622103345459) of a battery showing the same symptoms. Hopefully I'll get a replacement as easily as they suggest.

I've attached a couple of photos of my battery here (http://www.killerpunch.com/mbp/mbpbattery01.jpg) and here (http://www.killerpunch.com/mbp/mbpbattery02.jpg).

Looks like a trip to my local AppleCentre for me tomorrow!

KP

ClockWork
26th June 2006, 07:31 PM
Shit! Back to el Service Centre!

(Takes note of 5th MacBook malfuction)

CW

Mctastic
26th June 2006, 07:36 PM
Damn! swollen battery bad! malfunction. macbook no happy....

astr0b0y
26th June 2006, 07:36 PM
Ahh, that's nothing!

Check out this pic (http://xlr8yourmac.com/systems/MacBookPro17Battery.jpg) that I took if you really want to see swollen...

ClockWork
26th June 2006, 07:43 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(astr0b0y &#064; Jun 26 2006, 07&#58;36 PM) 188719</div>

Ahh, that&#39;s nothing&#33;

Check out this pic (http://xlr8yourmac.com/systems/MacBookPro17Battery.jpg) that I took if you really want to see swollen...
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ewww... that looks like a battery suffering from endometriosis... nasty...

Jaffa
26th June 2006, 07:44 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(astr0b0y &#064; Jun 26 2006, 07&#58;36 PM) 188719</div>

Ahh, that&#39;s nothing&#33;

Check out this pic (http://xlr8yourmac.com/systems/MacBookPro17Battery.jpg) that I took if you really want to see swollen...
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WHOA&#33; when/where did you take that?

killerpunch
26th June 2006, 07:47 PM
Well Im glad I noticed before it got that bad&#33;

(Although I think I might have finally noticed when the front corner was sitting an inch off the desk&#33;&#33;&#33;) :P

astr0b0y
26th June 2006, 07:49 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jaffa &#064; Jun 26 2006, 07&#58;44 PM) 188725</div>

WHOA&#33; when/where did you take that?
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Taken about 2 weeks ago at a service centre.

Jedda
26th June 2006, 08:26 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(killerpunch &#064; Jun 26 2006, 07&#58;47 PM) 188728</div>

Well Im glad I noticed before it got that bad&#33;

(Although I think I might have finally noticed when the front corner was sitting an inch off the desk&#33;&#33;&#33;) :P
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Apparently it happened overnight after a video encoding session. The guy came back, and the MBP was propped up by the battery.

ClockWork
26th June 2006, 08:31 PM
Apple releases fantastic new module that acts as Battery, yet also doubles as keyboard tilt?

cw

(I should be in marketting).

mac_man_luke
26th June 2006, 08:47 PM
be careful, if its leaking any solution it will be very poisinous and explosive

also just be generally careful with it because they can explode

killerpunch
26th June 2006, 08:54 PM
Thanks for the concern&#33;

I&#39;ve pulled the battery out and am just running on AC at the moment...

No leaks so far, but I&#39;ve put it out of harms way just in case (I knew that fallout bunker would come in handy one day) :P

Newbie
26th June 2006, 10:29 PM
That&#39;s atrocious&#33; Disgusting&#33;&#33;&#33; I actually saw an article regarding the swelling of the MBP&#39;s and it just is ridiculous it is exposing the inside part of the back of the computer which is not good as dirt, insects ANYTHING can get in.

I don&#39;t think they should just replace the battery I think they should replace the whole thing because chances are the battery won&#39;t fit properly into that spot anymore seeing as it&#39;s pushed/expanded due to the battery bloating.

pipsqeek
26th June 2006, 10:42 PM
I&#39;d not run the machine at all. I&#39;ve read that Apple doesn&#39;t recommend the laptop be run without a battery.

killerpunch
26th June 2006, 10:42 PM
You do have a point Newbie&#33;

The battery slot seems ok ATM, but I&#39;ll give it a good test when I get a new battery tomorrow

What I&#39;d like to know is if it&#39;s a battery malfunction or the hardware causing it to &#39;overload&#39; or something

killerpunch
26th June 2006, 10:50 PM
Yeah I just read that too pipsqeek&#33;

Looks like I&#39;ll have to find another way to kill some time before the game&#33;

Better safe than sorry :)

ClockWork
26th June 2006, 11:05 PM
Interesting. I suppose that the other point is that MacBook/Pros no longer use the standard Lithium Ion Battery, but the "new" Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - see here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_polymer), for information.

So... a possible unseen flaw in the solid polymer composite of these batteries perhaps.

The problems with MacBook appear to be building.

CW

pipsqeek
26th June 2006, 11:12 PM
The problems were expected (from me), and polymer batteries aren&#39;t really a proven thing yet. You can defeintely see that the polymer has expanded tragically. Luckily not exploding. Batteries do that. They are after all, bombs.

pipsqeek

ClockWork
26th June 2006, 11:23 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(pipsqeek &#064; Jun 26 2006, 11&#58;12 PM) 188831</div>

The problems were expected (from me), and polymer batteries aren&#39;t really a proven thing yet. You can defeintely see that the polymer has expanded tragically. Luckily not exploding. Batteries do that. They are after all, bombs.

pipsqeek
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Re: terrorist activity paranoia - ergo: no MacBooks allowed on planes?

:mellow: ?

cw

stefanlod
26th June 2006, 11:34 PM
I know this is very mean of me but I think that you need to find humor in the heat of tragedy. I was laughing for about 10 minutes when I saw that picture of the "green goo" (coolant) coming out of the PowerMac G5&#39;s.
But then again, I was using a PC when it exploded, literally (a puff of black smoke wafted from behind the desk after a loud "boom"). Luckily I found the funny side when I went to an assistant and said "I think I blew up one of your computers&#33;" :D