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Dell inspiron 600 got wet and won't turn on

My four year old wireless dell inspiron 600m laptop sat in some spilt water all night and won't turn on...the power cord/chargers light is green but when plugged into back of laptop the green light goes out and system is dead...laptop won't turn on with the battery in either...no lights on the back of the battery lit to tell me if it's charged....borrowed someone else's charger and power cord and same thing happened....green light on but when plugged into the back of laptop the light goes out...it's been two weeks and should have had time to dry out...no water now seen anywhere...what do you think is wrong and how much to fix it?--i don't want to spend alot of money on it

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  • slsjcs Jan 02, 2009

    yes...i tried it with the battery out and just the charger--nothing...it has something to do with the charger/power cord being plugged into the back because the green light goes out...anyone have any ideas?...what is the fix to a "short" problem?

  • slsjcs Jan 02, 2009

    i just don't know......

  • slsjcs Jan 02, 2009

    yes...i would like to inspect the internals and recover the files....if you have links to how to do it ....it would be helpful....thanks....do you think if i buy and install a new motherboard that will fix the problem....s

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Hi,

Sitting in water all night would have given it a lot of time to penetrate, and if there was any power to the unit during that time, it could have caused short-circuits (either from battery or line-voltage) that could have zapped the logicboard or other static-sensitive parts.

If you want to tinker with it, I'd recommend getting parts off eBay (screenshot from current Inspiron 600 motherboard auction to follow below), and trying to rebuild it. Given the cost of a new Dell laptop starting @$500 (from www.dell.com), you might easily spend more money on parts (and please consider - - what is your time worth?) than on buying a new unit.

Perhaps more important - is your hard-drive recoverable? When was your last back-up? If you need to recover the data, you'll need to either plug it in to another computer to recover, or find someone (this usually means pay a professional) to recover it for you.

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That's short circuit problem. What you can do is disassemble all the parts and use a blower to dry all areas. Dry it under the sun as well. If you can unplug and replug the memory and the CPU, please do, and dry it as well using the dryer or blower. Replace the BIOS battery as well because that might be the problem.

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Hi sorry to hear about your laptop I can relate to similar experiences, since the laptop sat in some water for so many hours, you would have to figure some water would have to gotten into the are of the logic board, since there really was no way for you to dry it out immediately the chances are good that the board got damaged. After two weeks drying time you would not find any water anywhere. So it's a safe bet that whatever water caused the damage is long gone. The cost to replace a logic board on ao Inspiron 600 that is out of warranty is equal to or greater then cost of the laptop, unless you can replace it yourself and save the couple hundred dollars labor, it's just not worth fixing. There really is no good news when something like this happens unfortunately water and electronics don't mix.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Ken

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Hello slsjcs

Sounds like you may have fried the motherboard. You need to unscrew the screws out of the bottom of the laptop and confirm this. As it could be anything, you need to test all components. If your friend has the same laptop, you can remove them one by one and try them in their laptop until you find the one that is faulty otherwise you may as well pay for a tech to look at it and narrow it down as I can't tell you for sure as anything could have been damaged (multiple parts could need replacing). It may be time for a new laptop as it probably won't be worth it to fix this one unless it is covered under any warranty by dell still.

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The motherboard may have got wet. or there maybe water still inside.
debends on the damage I would look inside and see how it is.

worst case scenario you have to replace the motherboard, its the highest price part in the laptop, debends... from anywhere 200 to 1000

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  • Ekse Jan 02, 2009

    Is there anything I can do to help? are you planing to inspect the internals of the laptop or?

  • Ekse Jan 02, 2009

    if you need instructions in recovering your files or anything else drop me a comment on this page and I will get back to you when I'm available.

    Thanks,
    Ekse


  • Ekse Jan 02, 2009

    without a closer inspection I can't say for sure, but very likely yes it would fix the problem.

    but consider the price of a new laptop agains the price of a new motherboard.

    www.pchub.com for example sells laptop parts
    you can also look around www.ebay.com for a cheap deal, but unlikely to find the exact match.




    A service manual with take apart and put back together

    instructions is available at

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/sy...

    tm


    All your files should be OK, you will need to remove the Hard

    drive from the laptop, possibly purchase a 2.5" to Ide Connector

    adapter, I haven't looked on the specs so its either a small ide

    connection which requires a adapter to be plugged into a desktop

    pc or sata which connects directly into a free sata connector on

    your motherboard, assuming your desktop motherboard has SATA.


    You could possibly consider a USB CASE for the hard drive you

    would be able to use the disc as a usb drive, easyly useable on

    any computer with a usb port. a usb 2.5" hdd cases are cheap.


    For example a ide hard drive will fit into this case

    http://www.amazon.com/USB-External-Enclo...

    FNBYKW


    and here is a similar case for SATA hdd 2.5"

    http://www.amazon.com/SATA-Hard-Drive-Ca...

    08



    How to tell which one you have ones you have the Hard drive out

    from the pc? SATA has two flat connectors, a wider one for power

    and a smaller one for data.

    IDE has around 40 small pins sticking out of the hard drive.


    Note that your hard drive when you remove it from the laptop

    maybe stored on a case already it may have a diffrent connector,

    remove the cover and the connector adapter if any from the hard

    drive and you will get to the proper connecotrs.



    heres a picture of a 2.5" laptop hard drive removed from the

    laptop and any extra caseing has been removed, its ready to be

    installed to a desktop computer with a adapter or to a usb case

    directly. in the picture we have a IDE disc

    http://www.laptoprepair101.com/wp-images...

    ve-2.jpg



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Try it without the battery in and just the charger. it does sound like something has shorted out

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Call up dell and tell then that u are getting electric shock they will replace the the system, trust me. they will and dont tell that you have spilled water, they will replace the system

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    Maanita Chadha Jan 02, 2009

    number is 800-6249896

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    Maanita Chadha Jan 02, 2009

    weather its in warranty or out off they will replace it in shock hazard policy

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Whenb this happens, a laptop must be taken apart completely and dried over using a hairdryer on cold.

Better having the job done at a repair shop.

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    Ginko Jan 02, 2009

    You can leave it even one month, if the water had penetrated inside, it may stay trapped and wont evapourate, but it will keep condensing inside the unit.

    Additionally, the decision to leave the computer in this state for over one week may have caused formation of oxide, and therefore further damage.

    If the laptop was connected to charger, or wiht battery mounted inside when the accident occured, you may also have additional damage (eg. damaged motherboard) due to short caused by liquid damage.


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