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HELP! My cat just knocked my laptop to the ground!

post #1 of 20
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My laptop is just 9 days old and after days of getting it set up exactly as I want it - it's been dropped!

I was in the kitchen when I heard the cat thundering in from the back of the garden. He was really picking up speed as he 'galloped' through the kitchen, through to the living room, and after a suspiciously loud 'thud', I disovered he'd 'crashed' through the mouse wire, bringing the laptop down behind him. . . where it landed (same side up), about 2 feet away from the coffee table (which is 14 inches above the rug.)

My question is: Although it appears to be working OK, no sign of screen damage or flicker at the moment - is it likely there could be internal damage to the hard disk waiting to erupt any time soon?

Is there anything in particular I should look for? Or if there was anything seriously wrong - would it have been obvious immediately?

I'm a bit paranoid about it, because the warranty won't cover damage to a dropped computer - and anyway, it was completely my fault. In 4 years the cat's never brought the laptop down during his 'running' races - this was the first time. As it's so new - I don't want to start worrying about damage I may have caused (without it being noticeable yet).

Is there a way to get it tested to make sure I haven't caused any 'future' damage? By the way - this is the defendant!!


post #2 of 20
While dropping the laptop certainly isn't healthy for the hard drive, modern 2.5" drives have a sensor that parks the heads if they go into freefall, so it's likely fine.

If you're paranoid though do a disc scan (chkdsk c: /v /r is the easiest way). Your main concern is the full disk scan, "minor discrepancies" in the index file are normal.

As for other mechanical parts, mainly fans, if they're not rattling you should be good.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Oh thanks! Nothing is rattling thank goodness. I'll do a disc scan later. Thanks for the advice
post #4 of 20
Yeah, I've dropped laptops from that height before. It should be alright, but I'd certainly avoid having it fall again.
post #5 of 20
If you're concerned about damage to the hard drive. You may want to run the manufactures diagnostics on the disk after doing the windows chkdisk suggested by Chu.

Find out the model of your hard drive through Device Manager and download the Ultimate Boot CD. It contains many useful utilities, some of them being hard drive diagnostics for your specific drive. (running these will not void your warranty)

The main site http://www.ultimatebootcd.com does not appear to be working right now, but you can download from here: Ultimate Boot CD ubcd 4.1.1 full download

~Z
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by ziplock View Post
If you're concerned about damage to the hard drive. You may want to run the manufactures diagnostics on the disk after doing the windows chkdisk suggested by Chu.
I ran the chkdsk as suggested - but it only took about 5 seconds to check on boot up. I thought it would take a lot longer.

I put chkdsk c: /v /r into the cmd line - and got the message it needed to restart to check the disk, but I didn't get any options to do a 'thorough' disk scan or anything. As I said, it was done in a few seconds with the message 'Disk Clean' or something. Should it have taken longer?
post #7 of 20
My black cat thinks it's great sport to come in and get tangled in my headphone cable and then take off and pull everything of the table. My external drive has tumbled a few times, fortunately it was not writing at the time.
post #8 of 20
Soozieq, next time you get a new "toy" pretend you hate it. Then your kitty will protect it with its life!

Cats are strange beings.
post #9 of 20
that is a cute cat!

my laptop once fell down my woden stairs, about 12 biggish ones and crashed into the wooden board at the bottom, it was on at the time

i had sat it on a pile of clothes and heard it go, i got that sick felling, but when i turned round i saw all the coloured lid lights were on, checked it over and it was fine bar a tiny scratch!

i could not believe it, dells xps m1710 is definitely road ready as they claim!

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by al217739 View Post
that is a cute cat!

Isn't he just gorgeous?

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my laptop once fell down my woden stairs, about 12 biggish ones and crashed into the wooden board at the bottom, it was on at the time. checked it over and it was fine bar a tiny scratch! i could not believe it, dells xps m1710 is definitely road ready as they claim!
OK, well that makes me feel a whole lot better as at least mine had a nice soft landing. Looking at those stairs, it makes you wonder how the hell it survived!
post #11 of 20
i know, i couldnt believe it, cause it was on at the time as well!



the scratch was in the red circle but i rubbed it a bit and it dissapeared!
post #12 of 20
I think it all depends on whether or not the hard drive was spinning, and how hard the shock really was to the HD. If your drive was spinning, there's a higher chance of destruction.
post #13 of 20
my old crappy laptop creaked when you opened it, it wouldnt have survived!
post #14 of 20
It's time to desex the cat.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dj_mocok View Post
It's time to desex the cat.
He was done when he was 9 months old!! But I think I'll get something else chopped off just to make sure

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Originally Posted by Punnisher
I think it all depends on whether or not the hard drive was spinning, and how hard the shock really was to the HD. If your drive was spinning, there's a higher chance of destruction.
I'm pretty sure it was idle. I felt sick to my stomach when I heard the thud! Especially as it's my new 'toy' of the moment. I definitely learnt my lesson!
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