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When i move my laptop sideways, i get a lound cracking sound and smoke coming from the air vent. i think the problem is related to the cooling unit. i first heard the crackling while i was on the laptop. it happened once, and ever since then when i tilt it, it happens again.

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If you are getting a loud crack and smoke, you are having an electrical short inside the system. This could be the battery or some other electrical component.


Have the system inspected by a qualified technician and ensure that there is no fire or electrical hazard.

There could be a problem with the battery shorting out, which has resulted in at least 7 system fires during the sony battery recall. There also could be a broken or bad connection in the system that is grounding and arcing, again a fire hazard.

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