A cup of tea was spilt on it. Immediately I turned it upside doan and removed the battery and let it dry out. Now, with the power cord connected, it takes overnight for it to turn on and after 15 minutes of normal work it shuts off as if it has no power. I have tried a different power cord and there was no difference. It seems it has difficulty collecting charge and also the power cord does not seem to power the laptop directly. What do I need to do or change? What will it cost?
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Re: Acer Aspire 5100-3583
Well it sounds like the power circut is gone. That regulates things like charging and power distribution etc, which would explain your problems. If that is the case then its a new motherboard as it cannot be fixed.
However before you do that try this..........
You would be very amazed at how a single drop of liquid can hang about a board (on a chips leg for example) for weeks and it MAY be that even if there is no liquid on the board that the residue from the tea could be causing the problem...so ..... go get some isopropranol and also some non-deionized water.
Simply remove the motherboard and wash it with the water. The fill a small bowl with the Isopropranol and place the board in it and swill the liquid about it for 10 mins. Leave it over an hour and then take out of the isopropranol and dab it dry with an absorbaint cloth (DONT RUB). then place the board in a warm area for 2 days to air dry.
I think you will find that when you rebuild the computer and switch on, that its all working fine.....Fingers crossed.
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Before you declare the keyboard dead and unusable please do the following. Use the hairdryer without heat to blow cold air into the keyboard. This will remove all traces of water that may be shorting the keys. Do it for quite sometime as you have to ensure that there is no water left under the keys.
thing is to not try powering the laptop on after the liquid fell on it.
Next, you should remove the battery off the laptop immediately. When
this is done, you should fully disassemble the laptop & thoroughly
inspect its inside. Look for any traces of liquid on the circuit boards
& on other components. On circuit boards, liquid damage appears in
the form of whitish traces. These needs to be wiped off. This can be
done using a tooth brush moistened with few drops of hand sanitizer
liquid. Check all internal connectors & make sure that no liquid seeped into them. Dry them if needed. Check the hard drive's connector to the motherboard for any liquid damage & clean it. When you are done, re-assemble back the laptop. If
the liquid fell on the keyboard & you found out that the keyboard is
no longer working, then you will have to replace the keyboard.
You should removed the battery, dismantle the laptop now was the parts with distill water using brush and again wash it then keep it in standing position under running fan for a day. Make sure taht all parts are dry now assemble and put it on it should firstname.lastname@example.org
I had a client with that problem--we removed the keyboard and tried to clean it. Turns out that our cleaning job was less than perfect because the laptop keyboard is mostly sealed. There was liquid that seeped down onto the motherboard as well--that we could clean up. The long and short of is--you will probably need to replace the keyboard. Of course, with nothing to lose, you could wash the keyboard and let it dry out thoroughly, plug it in, and see if it works. The key here would be the thorough drying. If you decide to try this chancy procedure, don't dry it with high heat. A hair dryer set on low might be the answer.
Two things to check.
Open the laptop up and re-connect the keyboard connection. It has a locking mechanism so be sure to unlock that first. Also when you're doing that you can see if there's any water (tea) still in there to dry off.
If that doesn't work, then plug in an external keyboard mate, cause the only other way to fix this is to replace the keyboard, the parts to open up the laptop keyboard itself are intricate and it's much too compicated, plus I've never done that (Seeing as that it's all glued together).
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What a drag! Did the tea have any sugar in it? Anything except water or plain tea won't wash off too easily. Dirt, dust and moisture don't clean off easliy. The question is, did any moisture get onto the motherboard? I've had to wash off a few contaminiated circuit boards and it took a few good soakings in warm water and a tooth brush over all the contacts to really remove the residue. From Coke to salt water I've gotten stuff to work but it has to be very clean. I suggest getting a new keyboard if the laptop is worth it and seeing if that works. It is probably salvageable but all the contacts need to be inspected.
I'm sorry, but there are no alternatives, and you may have bigger issues than just the keyboard. If the tea seeped past the keyboard, and onto the motherboard, which is directly bellow the keyboard, then by trying to start it you may have fried the motherboard. You would be surprised how long it takes for a laptop to dry out, 6 hours is not near long enough. You will also want to clean it, the sugar in the tea can cause corrosion of the circuitry on the motherboard. I'm going to recommend that you take it in for a professional diagnostic and cleaning. This way you will know the exact extent of the damage.