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Laptop Malfunction

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Phuquet, Jan 18, 2007.

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  1. Phuquet

    Phuquet Thread Starter

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    A good friend of mine was using her laptop (IBM Thinkpad A31 running WinXP) and spilled a very small amount of liquid (soda) on the Pause/Break-Scroll Lock/Print key block. A few minutes after, the laptop BSOD'd, giving her a 'HARDWARE MALFUNCTION' error and ***SYSTEM HALTED***. She also believes that she may have bumped it while attempting to clean the spill.

    Subsequently, when she attempts to turn on the computer, the fan/power light come on (sounds as though it's booting regularly) but the screen remains black and there is an error beep sequence of 4 (short) beeps, 4 times over, and then stops (though the power light/fan remain on) like:

    4-4-4-4, 4-4-4-4, 4-4-4-4, 4-4-4-4

    This was perplexing to me, as it's no error code I've ever heard of. She believes that the error was caused by the liquid, but it was a very small amount, and was cleaned immediately.

    Any help on this would be appreciated.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, soda is one of the worst things to pour in your laptop! I think at a minimum you need to have it partially disassembled to determine how much of that "very small amount" got into something critical.

    I think she's very likely right about the soda, since it's very corrosive.
     
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