Laptop killed by ants!!

May 31, 2014 at 09:33:11
Specs: Sony vaio
My laptop have ants living inside it. It wont turn on now. I bought my Sony Vaio last december 2013. Can I return it to the sony store and will they replace my unit? Or will they clean my computer?

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#1
May 31, 2014 at 10:20:06
mmm That's got to be a first... Ants in the pants maybe yes... but in a laptop...; a new one for me.

They may allow a replacement - if it's still under warranty. Possibly your credit card company may also cover it if you used a credit card to purchase it? (Amex and some Visa cards offer one year coverage - within reason).

The store may at least offer to service/clean it; possibly for a modest fee?

You say it won't turn on now... Does it show any signs of life at all (apart from the ants...)?


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#2
May 31, 2014 at 13:07:43
And for the ants RAID!!!! :)

Raid Kills Bugs Dead - http://www.raidkillsbugs.com/

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#3
May 31, 2014 at 13:27:50
Raid Kills Bugs Dead

That's such an incredible marketing/ad agency phrase...; and one wonders what the agency types were on when they coined it...? If you "kill" something - then logically it's dead thereafter...


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#4
May 31, 2014 at 14:12:07
Zombies - Night of the Living Dead

So, something can be alive and dead at the same time. :)


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#5
May 31, 2014 at 14:43:13
Can I return it to the sony store and will they replace my unit?

Warranties are usually for hardware that has failed. To me it doesn't sound promising but best thing to do is ask them (Sony I mean, not the ants).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
May 31, 2014 at 15:42:42
Well... erm... Technically it might be argued to be a hardware failure... if something hath died as a result of those minute squatters wandering about? Worth a try at least...?

Have to say one couldn't dream up this scenario.. - or could one?


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#7
May 31, 2014 at 18:35:02
I had a fellow who brought over a computer where a mouse had gotten inside through a empty add-on card slot that wasn't covered. The bad thing was the mouse wasn't toilet trained.

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#8
May 31, 2014 at 18:41:56
Are they ever... Mind you considering computers are mouse friendly (they all have one or will accept one being attached...) hardly surprising that they get visitors from other passing rodents...

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#9
May 31, 2014 at 19:57:13
I've tried steps that can possibly bring it back to life but not any signs of my computer is working. If ever my computer is cleaned, is it possible to go back to work after cleaning? I mean will it work again?

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#10
May 31, 2014 at 20:32:19
It's going to depend on what damage they did and maybe the type of ant:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/new...


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#11
June 1, 2014 at 08:44:32
"will it work again?"

Nobody can say for certain, depends on whether they zapped something or not.

Very strange habitat for ants...

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#12
June 1, 2014 at 10:59:13
Are we certain they "are" ants... Possibly they're microbots on a covert test mission/experiment by whichever Agency takes your fancy; or a foreign power (one country comes to mind here after recent reports etc in the press...) Possibly alien technology sent by "begnin others" to monitor how we doing, and if we're worth saving from orselves; or possibly not so begnin preparing to invade and eliminate "us" so "they" can move in....

Ahhhh... conspirices.... conspiricies... The stuph of dreams...


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#13
June 1, 2014 at 12:06:26
It might depend on where he's located. Of course all the recovered alien technology from Roswell ended up at Area 51 in Nevada. There's also the underground UFO base in Dulce, New Mexico. So it's likely that any outbreak would start in the southwestern US.

(You just never know if Dave is being serious or not.)

I have a vague memory of a news story about fire ants eating through the insulation of wires at a particle accelerator in Texas and ruining the entire project.


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#14
June 1, 2014 at 13:09:21
Let's face it Dave... only you and I know the "real facts" as opposed to "the facts"... Only "we" now the real truth... and "we" aren't go tell anyone "we" know it nor tell it...

Don't you just love the way there is "facts" and "real facts" (phrases so beloved of the media - and more than a few lawyers too). Shades of Rumsfeld not so long ago...

And any outbreak in the south west might be a feint... mmm - more konspiracies...

This could go on forever...


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#15
June 1, 2014 at 14:26:37
Maybe the computer is just being a bit anti.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#16
June 1, 2014 at 15:14:14
Perhaps a sneak attack by Force OSX (from Mac HQ) or a covert Charge of the Linux Brigade...

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#17
June 1, 2014 at 17:33:05
Got to be careful what I say. The you-know-too-much police may have zeroed in on this thread already.

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