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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.

Regardless, STOP USING THE SYSTEM IMMEDIATELY!

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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