Laptop Death?

  Rhetorikally 07:22 28 Mar 2011

I am remarkably clever and got wate ron my laptop! Only a little, but still it seems to have messed things up.
Everyone else who had a larger amount of water simply left their laptop for a while and it righted itself, but I am worried. I haven't yet left it a full 48 hours, but when I try to open it, it asks me if I want to boot windows seven.. However the keys that aren't working because of water includes the enter key.

I'm not sure what to do at this point?

  Taff™ 07:38 28 Mar 2011

Option one is to take it to a local independent laptop repair specialist and get them to remove keyboard and make sure that the water has completely gone. Even a small amount of tap water will damage the circuitry of a keyboard almost immediately. They will have all the tools to do this and will quote you a price to replace it IF that`s the only issue.

Option 2 is to attempt this yourself for which you will need to find out the make and model and post back here the details. (Someone will help you locate the service manual with disassembly instructions and point you to a reliable source of a replacement keyboard.)

Of course you could just attach an external USB keyboard and see if the laptop works anyway but you might run the risk of further damage if the water hasn`t been cleared and has got as far as the motherboard. As it dries out it may damage further delicate circuitry.

  mooly 08:24 28 Mar 2011

The big big problem with spillage is electrolysis. With any spillage it's vital all power is removed, that means battery and cmos battery in a laptop.

Any small voltage sets up a reaction that can eat into circuit board and components.

If it has just entered the keyboard and nothing else then you might be lucky.

  onthelimit1 08:50 28 Mar 2011

Just changed the keyboard on a Dell Inspiron - literally 5 mins and 20 quid for a new one.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:10 28 Mar 2011

Try plugging a USB keyboard in.

If the machine works with that then think about swapping the laptop keyboard.

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