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First it could not load to Windows. Now it cannot turn on!

My problem is that my laptop had water spilled all over it. After drying, it no longer works. It turned on for about a couple of minutes, but did not boot to Windows. Not only that, when we decided to turn it off, it cannot turn back on. Please help.

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  • cman6 Apr 16, 2009

    Need help please.

  • cman6 Apr 17, 2009

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    No, we just simply dried it without disassembling. With towels.


  • cman6 Apr 17, 2009

    New and more annoying problem: it turns on, but only to Dell MediaDirect. It tells me to shut down to go back to Windows, but apparently that NEVER works. All it comes to is Dell Media Direct.

    By the way, good solution MPetro302, but I don't think the inside is totally wet anymore. With the fact that it cannot load Windows, I believe the laptop is believing: "Operating system not found." MediaDirect still reads the various music, videos, and pictures on my laptop so my HDD was not torn apart or anything. I believe the system just cannot read Windows because the laptop thinks the Windows files are dead. That's my theory. Any help?

    To be more accurate, I've added the fact that the laptop was working perfectly with Windows on after 2 hours of drying. Then thirty minutes later, the laptop froze so we had to close it with the power button. Now... it turns on perfectly, but only to Dell MediaDirect not to Windows.

    More clarification issues?
    The product is a Dell Vostro 1500 Laptop with an Intel Core 2 Duo running (used to run) on Windows XP Service Pack is unknown.


  • cman6 Apr 17, 2009

    It got wet yesterday. We're still working on possible drying that may have to be done. We're not thinking of disassembling, though, because 1: it's a laptop 2: we're no computer experts

  • Dick
    Dick May 11, 2010

    Without looking at your computer it is impossible to tell what is damaged.

    When you say "after drying", what exactly does that mean? You wiped the keys of and started it back up or you disassembled the entire notebook and dried everything inside it thoroughly?


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Water is the enemy, It was probably still wet inside the pcb board (can take days to dry out) and when it was turned on again it shorted out. It will need to be replaced. On the bright side most likely your hard drive survived and can be placed into an external enclosure and connected to a pc via usb to save your data.

You could also wait a bit longer and it could dry out more and be revived, I've seen it happen.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

  • Mike  Petrowsky
    Mike Petrowsky Apr 17, 2009

    How long has it been exactly since it got wet?




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