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Notebooks Water Spill

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by fwalm, 21 Jul 2010.

  1. fwalm

    fwalm Minimodder

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    My friend decided to use her laptop last Saturday after a night out, she doesn't actually remember using but when she woke up she found it on the floor with a pint of water spilt over it. She had tried to turn it on after pouring the water out and then decided to tell me what she had done. I told her to leave it to dry which she did until today. Tried it at her house and it wouldn't work (also tried with battery removed and plugged into the mains). Told her I would take it and try backup her documents etc, I managed to do that after removing the hard drive. I then plugged her laptop with the hard drive still out and battery out into the mains and turned it on, it turned on ok. So I put it back together, tried it again and it wouldn't work. Thought maybe it was the hard drive then so after removing it the laptop won't turn on at all again. When plugged into the mains the power button flashes blue but the laptop won't power up.

    Anybody any ideas? My friend who I normally went to for help has now left the country and I'll just say the local computer shops are less than impressive.
     
  2. Slizza

    Slizza beautiful to demons

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    Sounds like it's bricked i'm afraid.

    Check if it's still in warranty..if so, return it and tell them it doesn't work anymore.
     
  3. Unicorn

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    Location: Northern Ireland. What part of NI buddy? I'm assuming from the link in your sig that you are from Richhill - we're based in Armagh. I've sort of become a liquid damage specialist with the number of cases I've had like this... if it's not too bad and hasn't been treated improperly after the spill, I can usually get anything that's had a conductive fluid spilled on it back to life. It's more than likely that the motherboard has gotten wet and caused some conductive residue to form when the water dried out. This would cause a short on the motherboard, either damaging it or just preventing it from operating correctly. It may just need cleaned with a suitable non-conductive solution and possibly ran through a reflow oven at a low temp to take care of any remaining water in and around the components. How old is the laptop and what make and model is it? If it's not that old, it's definately worth a try.

    I can PM you my contact details if you'd like me to have a look at it.
     
  4. fwalm

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    From Redrock, just outside Armagh. It's an Advent Roma 2000 and is about 5 months old. If you could pm your contact details it would be appreciated.

    Surely warranty wouldn't cover water spillage on it? If not I would definately be interested in having it checked out by Unicorn.
     
  5. Unicorn

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    I used to live near Glenanne, so Redrock is familiar territory :thumb:

    YGPM with my details :)
     

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