dead laptop

  bitemarx 18 May 11

I accidentally spilled some coffee on my laptop (Acer Aspire 6930) keyboard. I immediately turned it over to let as much of the liquid spill out as possible, and after a while also used a hair drier on it (from a distance). However, it wouldnt power up afterwards. Took it to a local computer repairs shop who opened up the laptop and dried all the components in an "airing cabinet", but that didnt do the trick either. They informed me that the motherboard has died, possibly due to a short circuit, thus rendering the laptop useless. Ive looked for the montherboard on ebay and its about £120 to £150, which im willing to shell out if it means I can keep the laptop. But how do I know if thats all that has been damaged?

Thanks M

  onthelimit1 18 May 11

Personal view - when it reaches that stage, I'd recover data from hard drive, and turn the laptop into a door stop. I'm reluctant to spend that sort of money on an old(ish) model with no guarantee that it would be fixed. If cash is tight, there are secondhand laptops available for the same as you'd spend on a mobo.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18 May 11


time to cut your losses

can you claim on insurance?

if not recover the hard drive, sell the screen / power adaptor / Cd drive etc on ebay and get another machine

  robin_x 18 May 11

Give it two weeks in your airing cupboard and try again.

It takes ages to dry out sometimes.

HDD will be OK. CD/DVD may be gunged.

Of course it may be damaged/failed, but I have seen equipment from floods/rivers work again.

  bitemarx 18 May 11

Thanks. I have already bought another laptop, but to be honest, I have a sentimental attachment to this one coz its packed with goodies! HDD has been backed up.

onthelimit1, correct me if im wrong but doesnt replacing the motherboard guarantee that it will be fixed??

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18 May 11

No shorted board may also have blown CPU and memory and keyboard contacts are probably corroded as well especiay if the coffee had sugar in it

  wee eddie 18 May 11

Buy an Enclosure on eBay and put it's old Hard Drive in it. Then you have an External Hard Drive for about £15.00 or so.

  Strawballs 18 May 11

Enclosures Click Here

  bitemarx 19 May 11

Thanks, thats really helpful. Are there any enclosure-type-things for the blu-ray drive in the laptop, so that I can use it as a blu-ray player?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19 May 11

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