This link will show how to remove the keyboard but i must stress I DO NOT RECOMMEND this inless you are experienced. There is a lot of stuff that can go wrong. So please be careful. And no more soda around the computer huh :}
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Any ATA/IDE 2.5 inch hard drive will do for your laptop. Unfortunately the ATA models have been replaced with SATA hard drives, so it will be difficult to get a new hard drive. Also, expect to pay more per-gigabyte for the old ATA models in comparison to the standard SATA drives.
man, i hate when this happens. soda (sugar) and electronics do not go together very well at all. there are keyboard foam cleaners u can buy at computer stores.. they do a well job on soda problems, but im sure not 100% unless of course u remove the keyboard from the unit and clean it with this, electrical cleaner and alchol on a q tip...
It is likely the only problem is that the soda is causing the keys to stick. There is probably no damage to any other internal components. Usually, laptop keyboards have a metal-based frame/tray that will protect the internal components from minor spills.
If you want to get rid of the cracking sound, you'll need to purchase a replacement keyboard from the laptop manufacturer or another source such as eBay, and then remove the sticky keyboard and replace it with the newly purchased one.
open the small horizontal panel above your keyboard with a small screwdriver (you should do it gently) > open the screw below that panel > open your keyboard (be careful not to pull your keyboard too hard because there is cables underneath your keyboard) > from there, your memory slot should accessible.
Two things to try; 1- remove the battery and start on AC only, 2- remove the memory and try one at a time. You might be able to find diagnostic light codes at Dell's support site for this machine. I'm going to say that this is a motherboard issue, and it's probably fried. Laptops and liquid don't mix well.
I finally managed to remove the cover and solder the broken wire. Works fine exept the keyboard, but that is a result of old soda spill. This computer has been used with external keyboard for some months. I cleaned the keyboard with luke warm water and placed it for dry for 36 hours, but there are still som keys that dont work and Fn seems to be constantly on.