First post, by Kahenraz
I've only ever experienced this smell from a small handful of devices so far (all laptops) but it is always the same strong, distinct odor; almost like vinegar.
When removing the drive from one of the older laptops I've been using (a Dell Inspiron 5100), I noticed that it had begun to emit the stink. It is definitely coming from the inside of the device as it is much stronger when I put my nose close to it. For this laptop, the smell is strongest in the hard drive bay and not any of the exhaust vents as one might expect.
Is anyone familiar with this stink or have any insight on the subject?