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27-Oct-2010, 06:35 AM #1
Water Spillage and Computer won't turn on--Hardware Damaged?
Last week I spilled lots of water on my computer and it will not turn on anymore. Basically what I am hoping for is for someone to read my exact steps I took right after I spilled the water, and give me recommendations as to what is broken and if I should go to service repair.

Right after I spilled the water on my keyboard of my hp laptop, I dried off the surface with a towel. Then I turned it upside down and more water dripped out. The whole time it was still on and I was trying to turn it off and kept on holding the power button but it would not turn off(slipped my mind to just take out battery). I kept on trying to turn it off in this manner until finally, about 1-1.5 minutes after the initial spill, the laptop turned off by itself. I then opened up all the covers to the parts to let the computer dry, using also a light blow dryer on cold to air it out a bit as well(later found I was not supposed to do this). I waited for 24 hours, made sure everything was dry and Tried powering it on, until to my dismay, it did not. It's been a week and I'm wondering

1) what do you think is exactly broken? I got the data extracted from a local computer shop, so that means my hard drive is OK. Does that mean just something involving the power blew up because of the water?

2) and do u recommend getting this fixed at a local service place or is it more worth it to just get a new laptop?

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27-Oct-2010, 06:53 AM #2
sounds like the motherboard has been shorted out - but could also included any other components connected to the motherboard

how old is the machine - what sort of specification ?
Exact Model of the HP Laptop

getting someone to replace the motherboard maybe quite expensive and also other parts maybe damaged , depending on what else is plugged into the motherboard.
you may want to get a quote from your local computer shop - or call HP support

If funds are available i would personally purchase a new laptop
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27-Oct-2010, 07:08 AM #3
Your notebook is fried. Your HD survived... which was likely.

Future reference, unplug power (if on AC) and rip out battery. It takes 5 seconds for a forced power down of holding the power button. The 1.5minute shut down was the computer dying.

You may try putting your notebook in a bag full of rice, closed up.

Consider a ThinkPad L (Low-End) or T series ($800+) that have channels to direct liquids away from electronics.
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27-Oct-2010, 04:59 PM #4
Thanks so much for the replies. That was what I was afraid of--that themotherboard shorted out.

The exact model is hp g-60. I have had it for a year and a half.

Also, if I put it in a bag of rice, would that really do anything considering it's been a week since it got wet?
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27-Oct-2010, 07:41 PM #5
The rice would absorb any humidity eminating from the Laptop Case.
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How much does it usually take to replace a motherboard? And if we know the motherboard is damaged, is it a sure shot that a service center can simply swap it out w a new one and it will work?
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28-Oct-2010, 03:38 AM #7
With Laptops, generally (Almost always) THe only replacement for the motherboard will be the exact same model. As it is designed to Fit the Case in question. Unless this is a fairly current model, the manufacturer may no longer be able to provide a motherboard, and if they were able to sell one, it would cost as much for the new motherboard and installation as you can get a new Laptop for.
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03-Nov-2010, 07:43 PM #8
First, you'd have to have the notebook serviced for a tech to determine what is damaged. Motherboard and memory are two different parts. We can pretty much bet the mobo is dead... but what else? You wouldn't want to pay a guy to replace the board and find out the power supply board in the notebook is dead. Depending on the model, is the CPU soldered to the board? Just a CPU-less notebook motherboard is about $150~400.

Stats of the G60 looks like a typical $600 notebook.

You'd spend at about:
$150 for a tech estimate on damage (maybe more)
$200 HP motherboard replacement
$100 for installing the part
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$450 Sub total

(Some maybes)
$75 - Power supply board
$50 - wireless board
$50 - memory
$85 - Battery
$75 - keyboard
$65 - Optical drive

That could be another $50~400 in parts... ouch
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...bname=Features

Its a bottom end model at $630 - with an i3 CPU, 2GB RAM and Windows7 - but it'll smoke that HP... when it was alive.
The Edge Series is about $30~70 cheaper. The T-Series starts at $730.
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