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Laptop Boot Problems due to accidental liquid spill


NeilCh

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Hoping someone can assist. I have a laptop which has had a glass of orange juice accidentally spilled onto it. There was no electrical hiss noise or smoke and the spillage was dealt with quickly followed by 48 hours in a sealed bag covered in uncooked rice to draw out the liquid. The laptop was turned off to deal with the initial spill but since then and in spite of the mopping up and the rice bag suggestion, there is still a problem. The laptop switches on but all we get is the Caps Lock, Fn and F12 lights coming on. The Caps Lock light blinks slowly. There is no activity on the screen and there is no sound from the processor or hard drive which usually whirs into life. Was hoping all is not lost but cannot get the lappy to boot and with no screen activity we don't know what to do. Was hoping anyone out there can help. Thanks in anticipation.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Orange juice is by its nature quite acidic and therefore is likely to have shorted connection in keyboard and possibly motherboard.

First job would be to remove hard drive and connect to another machine, either directly or by using a cay to house the drive and connect via USB port, to get any important data / pics etc. off the drive and backed up safely.

Make and model? Blinking lights usually mean an error code of some sort - if yours is a HP then CPU / motherboard socket malfunction from here

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NeilCh

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Thanks for this, but I'm guessing you think it's gone totally with no other alternative? I was hoping to get it working without having to back up the data on the drives.

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chub_tor

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You might want to take a look at this link for tips on how to recover from a liquid spill.

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wee eddie

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Firstly:- don't worry about backing up the Drives. There's a simple solution to that. You can buy, for about £15, a small form Caddy for the Hard Drive which will turn it into an External Drive for future backups and all you currently have on it is still easily accessible for you to load onto the new Lappy.

Secondly:- Have a look at your Household Insurance, some Policies will cover such accidents. Having said that, you will have to lay off any payout against any future increase in Annual Premium!

Good Luck

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