Here is the winning story (with pictures) for the Help Desk Hard Drive Giveaway. Congratulations to Lauren Harder and thanks for sharing!
Why You Shouldn’t Buy Off-Brand Laptop Batteries:
So my story takes place a couple of years ago. My mom’s laptop was having problems with the power staying on, and we finally deduced the problem to the battery going bad and the power cord not staying in to keep the power going. So mom went onto the Dell Website to see what she needed to get. The battery she needed from them was really expensive, so she decided to go a cheaper route and order one from a different company that was made for that model of Dell computers. She placed the order and the battery came a few days later. She put the battery in and the computer worked!…but the story does not end here.
A couple of days later I came home from school and there was an awful smell in the house. It was an almost nauseating smell. So I went around the house- first checking the stove, then for any left-on curling irons. After not finding anything, I opened up all the windows in the house (it was in like February keep in mind) and hoped that the smell would go away soon. My boyfriend came over and commented on the smell and he did a second check through the house. No success in finding the source of the smell. My mom got home and first thing she did was say, “Lauren, what did you burn?” I said, “nothing, it’s smelled like that since I got home. I don’t know where the smell is coming from.” So mom just shrugged it off and sat down in her char. She reached for her computer only to find a melted computer…the computer had caught on fire while we were at school and had put a nice sized hole in our floor. We had just built our house a few years before that, and surprisingly enough, the house did NOT catch on fire, thanks to the carpet having flame resistant stuff on it, and the Grace of God.
Thankfully my mom was able to recover everything from the computer and insurance covered everything- new carpet, new padding for the carpet, and a new computer for mom.