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Another wet laptop...

So my wife approached me Christmas evening cradling my dripping wet Thinkpad T60 laptop in her arms as if it were a child, practically in tears, and she tells me it was sitting in a puddle of iced tea. It was not plugged into AC power at the time, however it WAS in standby mode with the lid closed. Naturally the first thing I did was remove the battery and set it aside for awhile to dry out. Actually was about two weeks, this was Christmas evening and I first attempted to power it up today, the 8th.

I attempted to power it up, to no avail, on AC alone, battery alone, and both concurrently. No response from the power button whatsoever.

So my question is this - what would you guys recommend replacing first? I'm leaning towards the mobo. I'd really like as much logic as possible regarding the appropriate first replacement part, since funds are limited! I can't afford to just replace everything until I get it working.

Here's my logic:
No response under AC power alone, so shouldn't be the battery. No response from the power button, which is part of the keyboard assy, but since it never got wet from the top down (a spilled drink simply ran underneath it, my guess is it got wet inside when it was tipped and liquid from the bottom could enter the unit; plus, the lid WAS closed), I'm not terribly inclined to call the keyboard bad, either. That pretty much leaves the mobo, right? Even if it were the HDD, RAM, or other peripheral component, should still at least attempt to power, shouldn't it? It is DEAD.

My apologies for the lengthy inquiry, figure best to explain what I've tried, and know as much as I do about the problem. Any response would be very much appreciated!!

P.S. My level of expertise is fair, I'm degreed in electronics engineering and I've been building computers for about 20 years, I would just really like a second (or third or fourth!) opinion before I spend $300 on a new mobo. Maybe someone here has specific knowledge of these laptops, or more professional experience with them? Thanks again in advance!

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  • twdozier Jan 08, 2009

    Thanx guys I really appreciate the rapid response! Both responses are worth a shot before kicking out the coin. Thanks again!



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Before spending the $$ to replace the motherboard check the plug in parts on the mb. See if any liquid got into any of the plug assemblies. If they are all dry then the mb is the most likely culprit. Sorry about your laptop.

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Was there sugar in the tea ?
your assumptions seem sound ..
see .. find the videos & HMM (service manual) .. and use these resources to remove the motherboard .. make sure you remove the RTC/CMOS/Backup battery and any other components on the motherboard then
I'd rinse it off really well with demineralize/distilled water .. avail at most grocery stores .. if your anxious .. dry it w/ a blow dryer on cool .. reassemble .. see what happens ..

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