Hi.....An associate of mine seems to have messed up her computer.
Liquid was spilled onto the mouse which is a USB one and since then the
Dell Dimension 2400 hasnt been able to startup properly. The power
comes on and the light shows by the power button but you cannot see
anything on the monitor at all. I tested the computer on another
monitor and it was the same problem - no display.
What do you think caused this and does it make sense trying to get fix it or just getting a new computer one time?
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Re: Possible Display or Motherboard Problem
Liquid on the electrical circuits, causes bad things to happen.
Do not replace the computer, until you exhaust all of your options.
Did you try the most simple solution of replacing the mouse?
Have you tried starting in safe mode? (with new mouse)
Otherwise: When you get the computer to start
Go to your "Device Manager" (Right click on ‘My Computer', select 'Properties', click the 'Hardware' tab, click the 'Device Manager' button. Click the "Human interface devices", if there is one). If there is some kind of a "Warning" icon superimposed on the 'Mouse' icon or any other icon, there is your problem! If no "Warning" icons then try... One at a time... Double click on any of the devices that have 'Mouse' in the listings. Click the "Properties" tab; look for any "Warning" icons Un-install the DRIVERS for THAT DEVICE only. See instructions below. Click on the faulty device and hit the remove button, follow the instructions given by the program. Shutdown, restart, the device will automatically reinstall by the "Found New Hardware" program.
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Your mouse appears to be an older style mouse. If it contains roller wheels on the bottom, those tend to get dirty and you must scrape the dirt from the wheels in order for them to roll more easily. If it is a standard optical mouse, check the connection at the computer to ensure it is plugged in correctly, and that there are no pins damaged on either the mouse connector or on your motherboard connection. If a liquid was spilled previously on the mouse, this damage could be permanent.
gone with the wind....or shall i say....water....
dump it in the trash bin....
all liquids are enemy of any IC equipments.....
(many have this dirty habbit of drinking Tea/Coffee/Beer etc while working with their notebooks/laptops.....)
on PC..... the liquids normaly spill on to the keyboard/mouse which is seperate from the CPU...
can replace the keyboard of a PC with just few $$$
but with notebooks the main circuit/motherboard is just below the keyboard.....
once a liquid falls...it just goes thru the holes on the keyboard....and short circuits the ICs...chips...etc
Not good to do... ANY liquid splilt onto a computer can cause severe damage to it. If this happens, unplug the computer, remove the battery inspect the components extensively, making sure to dry everything off and let it air out before you try to power it up again. liquid can collect in places you can not see , so you MUST be vigilant about drying it out.
Well, a sticky mouse could be a cause of liquid being spilt onto your palmrest. If so you need to get yourself a liquid cleaner (specialized products used for cleaning electronics such as Commercial Alcohol). you need to pour some into the right button of the mouse while pressing the button continuously (dont worry about spilling, will evaporate soon enough.
Before doing this make sure that you power cable and battery is disconnected, and only switch it on about 20 minutes later.
While pressing the button you should feel it loosening.
If it isnt due to liquid, check you warranty and call Dell. They should beable to advise you further.
remove the battery open up the notebook then spray rubbing alcohol all over the computer keyboard and, especially where you spilled liquid; really soak it; wait 24 hours for it to dry; and, try to turn it on with the power supply connected
honestly, the only thing you can do, or have done, is to disassemble the laptop, get inside and look at the connectors and components. Sometimes the liquid causes corrosion, and some cleaning with alcohol can clean things up.
This is surely hardware, not an easy software fix.
Other times, cables or connectors can be replaced. I have had the keyboard go bad, the touchpad, the cables to the power strip by the power button, and even leak down into the ram, and corrode the ram contacts.
All were fixable, so it is possible. The key is to get deep inside and check out where the liquid flowed, and examine the parts. A good shop that knows laptops can help.
If you didnt do so, change the mouse and try it. If it still dont work, It sounds like she shorted the usb (mouse) port and took out the MB also.
By the time and expense of getting a new MB. you can find a new comparable computer for about $400.00 dollars.