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Ants living in my laptop....

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by vaca232, Dec 16, 2005.

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  1. vaca232

    vaca232 Notebook Enthusiast

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    For the past few weeks at college I occationally saw an ant run across the screen and I figured that they were just living somewhere in the dorm. Now that I have my computer home I keep ants...and then I saw a few walk out of my PC card slot...

    So I opened up the laptop (Acer Aspire 2012) and took as the hard drive and DVD drive out and managed to shake out probably 50 ants. They seem to mostly be next to the DVD drive, in the lip that sticks out when the laptop is closed.

    Though I got a bunch of ants out...there are still a few that walk out... I don't know how to open the laptop fully, only get the keyboard off.

    Anyone have a good idea for getting rid of the ants?? and also, could they actually damage the laptop?
     
  2. Pharoke

    Pharoke Notebook Evangelist

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    I have heard of insects grounding components causing smoke and burning. Kinda scary. Try getting a can of compressed air and blowing them out. For prevention at school I have no idea, short of a bug bomb, but I don't know how well received that would be in a dorm with circulated air.
     
  3. xAMDvsIntelx

    xAMDvsIntelx Notebook Deity

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    I'd take the laptop apart - just unscrew the bottom portion of the laptop first (keep the screws organized so you can put your laptop back together). I'd start with the RAM and HD covers first and be sure to remove the battery. After you're done taking apart the laptop, use compressed air and blow all those ants outta there! (BTW, do you eat near your laptop? I've never heard of ants actually nesting in one.) Just screw everything back in, and you should be good to go.
     
  4. Pharoke

    Pharoke Notebook Evangelist

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    I actually saw a fairly large colony inside a desktop power supply once. They had brought stuff in and had actually insulated everything pretty good. To good, the PS was overheating and shutting down.
     
  5. xAMDvsIntelx

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    Wow, that's really bizzare. I would think that a computer would be an uncomfortable place to nest :p
     
  6. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Everything in Moderation

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    I suppose you mean with a queen and everything. Interesting.
     
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    nickspohn iPhone NBR Reviewer

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    That is very interesting that that many ants were in your computer and continue to be in there. I would go with AMD and take the laptop apart in the order to get the ants out. Getting compressed air wouldnt be a bad idea to use while cleaning it out to make sure you get everything. I would be mad if just one little soul (ant) walked out of my laptop.
     
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    chinna_n Notebook Deity NBR Reviewer

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    Ant can potentially eat(make holes for their way) parts, cables even HDD. So you better get those our ASAP.

    Air can is not a bad idea,not sure how effective it is. Isn't there any thing like fumes or smoke that can get ant out or dead?
     
  9. xAMDvsIntelx

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    Anything other than compressed air will probably damage the internal parts of the laptop.
     
  10. yomister

    yomister Notebook Evangelist

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    Maybe heat?? Run the DVD drive for long periods of time to make it really warm.

    Or poison... arn't there some sort of insect poison where it attracts the insects into feeding the poison to the queen or something like that?
     
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    WonderDude Notebook Geek

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    Sounds like you may have a bug! :D
     
  12. Insane

    Insane Notebook Evangelist

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  13. Shampoo

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    LOL...this is so funny because when I first got my laptop I posted a similar thread.

    I had a couple ants in my puppy, but they seem to have gone away. Either the couple that were in my laptop died or their corpses are still in there somewhere.

    Your ant problem seems to be bigger so I would suggest opening it up fully. Just unscrew everything and get into your motherboard and get 'em out or I'm sure they will be a problem as they like to chew stuff up and if you have a colony in your laptop they could mess it up.

    I have no idea if that's covered under your warranty either.

    GET 'EM OUT~!!!
    Mike
     
  14. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Everything in Moderation

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    Just to mention . . . bugs in computers are not uncommon (but usually the problem is cockroaches) and most RMA facilities have a decontamination area for infested machines.
     
  15. tonyy

    tonyy Notebook Consultant

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    It reminds of a time i was working in a company that refurbishes electric cookers and one of the reasons that some of the cookers came in for a refurb was mice climbing into the back of the cookers and shorting out the electrics!,apparently they liked the heat!.Nothing like pulling out fried rodent on a monday morning!
     
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    umm, I heard one of my friend have the same problem as you but she take the laptop to Acer Care Center to solved it.

    I'm not sure the service that Acer chagre but finally the problem gone.. ^^

    beware that ANT could make your systems slow down because it'll destroy some part of the curcuit.
     
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    Your only chance of fully cleaning this thing out is with a shopvac and a small nozzle. Compressed air will jam things into places that you don't want crap into.
     
  18. xAMDvsIntelx

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    Cockroaches!?! No way!!
     
  19. lamai

    lamai Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yep , get them out as fast as you can . They can do damage , probably even make a shortcircuit on the motherbaord or something . I read in a magazine once , a guy had ants in his computer or laptop , but some ( or one ) got in his screen ( between lcd and the backlight ) , death btw , but causing some effect like death pixel .... i don't think you want that . They faster you get them out , the better .
     
  20. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Everything in Moderation

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    Bear in mind that cockroaches from the Northeast are much, much smaller than what is common in the southwest.
     
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