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Wet laptop My daughter spilled soda on her T30. Now it won't start, how do I troubleshoot the problem. I'm thinking the motherboard is shot. Thank You for any help you can provide, Mike

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Re: wet laptop

If you haven?t done so already pull the battery and unplug the AC power converter. Chances are good that the damage is already done; however, there is a chance that after a good cleaning and all liquid is completely removed it may still work. The problems that have to be dealt with is that the soda ingredients are great electrical conductors plus the sugar will gum up the keyboard and other moveable components. What needs to be done is the keyboard needs to be removed, cleaned out and thoroughly dried out. If you can get the soda out before it dries then you?re in good shape. If not the keys will be sticky and pretty much unusable. You can try blowing it out with compressed air, Q-tips, paper towels, ect. After removing and dealing with the keyboard the next step is to determine if any of the liquid has dripped down into the lower part of the laptop. If it has then you?ll have to go through the same process. You have to ensure all of the liquid is removed from all moving parts and electrical boards and components. Remember if you don?t get everything you?ll risk the real possibility of gummed up parts or electrical shorts. Lastly if the laptop despite your best efforts will still not work chances are good that the data on the hard drive can still be recovered. Let us know what happens and if we can help further.

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