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Coffee spill on laptop...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by juhjubee, Apr 19, 2014.

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  1. juhjubee

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    Yesterday I spilled about a cup of coffee with milk (no sugar) on my Pavilion DV6. The spill was directly on the keyboard. My laptop I'm guessing short circuited by itself too quickly for me to turn it off first. I'm not very good with hardware and whatnot so I'm not sure if my laptop short circuited but about two seconds after the spill the screen and all lights died so for now I'm assuming that was a short circuit.

    I immediately removed the battery and tried my best to tilt my laptop in a way that would get as much of the excess liquid out as I could. After, I used a hair dryer's cold setting on the laptop for a few minutes.

    I then (now I realize, stupidly) tried putting the battery back in and immediately pulled it out again upon hearing ominous soft popping noises from below the keyboard.

    I left the laptop to dry with a fan overnight and took it apart this morning. I took off the back "ProtectSmart" cover, the keyboard, and the CD drive to clean under them with rubbing alcohol as best as I could.

    After leaving it to dry for a few minute I tried putting the battery back in. This time I heard no noises and am unsure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...when I plug in the charger the battery light flickers for a half second then dies out and after I pull the charger out the light comes back on for about two seconds then dies out. My laptop did not boot up so I tried the holding the power button down with the battery out trick but it still does not show any signs of life other than that strange battery light flicker.

    Again, since I'm pretty inexperienced with hardware I can't tell if any parts are burnt out or severely short circuited but when I took it apart nothing seemed obviously damaged. Other than dried remnants I cleaned off with alcohol I didn't see too much coffee either.

    Is my laptop salvageable? If so, what should my next move be?
     
  2. Oddba11

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    Likely not. If it's a newer model, you can try taking/sending it in for service.

    Otherwise, I'd pull the HDD (to save your data), and buy a replacement.
     
  3. flavallee

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    From what you described happened, it sounds like the interior of that laptop is fried, so I have doubts that it's salvageable.

    Its hard drive may be salvageable though so you can remove your personal data(movies, music, photos, documents, etc.) from it.

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