My notebook's bugged

My notebook's bugged

Summary: There's a bug in my notebook, what am I gonna do? We're talking about Thrips (Thysanoptera), those tiny fringe-winged insects, also known as thunderbugs or thunderflies.

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There's a bug in my notebook, what am I gonna do? We're talking about Thrips (Thysanoptera), those tiny fringe-winged insects, also known as thunderbugs or thunderflies. At this time of year, given a bit of good weather, populations can rise dramatically and they can become a right nuisance in the home. That's because these little (~1mm) critters can get into the most unlikely crevices, including the space between the panes of glass on a notebook's LCD screen:

I've got a couple of ex-thrips behind my screen at the moment, and I doubt they'll be the last to find this final resting place this summer. I wonder if the manufacturer's 'dead pixel' policy covers this sort of bug? Doubt it somehow.

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  • My notebook's bugged

    Apparently, it is covered on many warranties. As the panel should be sealed, the evil thunderbug shouldn't be able to find a way in. As it has found it's way in, that implies a fault in the sealing of the panel. It may be worth calling the manufacturer and asking. Or alternatively, just pick another off your review pile.
    t_hather@...
  • My notebook's bugged

    As it happens, I'm just off to see Lenovo's new Centrino 2 notebooks. As well as nabbing a couple for the review pile, I'll be sure to ask about the company's policy regarding thunderbugs!
    Charles McLellan
  • My notebook's bugged

    Oh dear
    bigfootman