I spilled red wine on my VAIO NR38Z laptop, so touchpad and its buttons are not responding any more. sometimes the laptop does not boot at all, but sometimes it does. what should I do, and is there anything to do?
It may already be dead. But I rescued some electronics from Hurricane Ike flooding (ooey gooey muck) and there are a few steps to take to improve your odds.
1) Take out battery and unplug from wall. Make sure unit is entirely off.
2)Open up the laptop (this will void your warranty, but probably the wine voided it first) and remove the dirty parts (remember where they go for later).
3) rinse off all the wine with fresh, clean water. Do not use soap. Remove as much excess water as possible by tapping dry.
4) Dry with a hairbrush on cool setting. Then allow to air dry for 2-3 days.
5) Replace all parts and test your luck.
There's 1 trick that is generally a bad idea but can be used in a last-ditch effort after trying the above. We used it to salvage multi-thousand dollar custom laboratory equipment that was submerged in flood waters. But *caution* with it. It can be damaging - so only do this if the above doesn't work. Here it goes:
1) spray with WD-40 (dissolves wax, oils, rust but leaves a residue that can impede electrical signals)
2) wash - this time submerge in warm, soapy (Dawn) water. You can gently agitate the water but DO NOT SCRUB. Let the soapy water lift the WD-40 off.
3) rinse well in clean water (gently)
4) dry will hair drying on cool setting, then air dry 2-3 days
5) replace parts and test your luck.
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The Sony Vaio laptop is typically sold with a touchpad device installed below the keyboard. The touchpad is for navigating the screen and is used like an external mouse. A touchpad can sometimes malfunction for no apparent reason, but there are ways on troubleshooting the device yourself before asking a technician for help. Start your computer as you normally would. Click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. Go to "C:\ Program Files\Sony\Setting Utility Series." Find and choose the "VCCPointingDevice" folder in the "Setting Utilities Series folder" to open the "Built-in Pointing Device" dialog box. Locate the "Enable" box on the "Built-in Pointing Device" dialog box. Check the box to enable the Vaio touchpad if you wish to use this device. Disable the touchpad if it is interfering with the external mouse. Uncheck the "Enable" box if you have a USB (PS/2) mouse connecting to your Vaio and wish to use that instead of the built-in touchpad. Pick "Yes, I'm Sure" when prompted to activate your choice, then close all the windows. Windows 7 Normal Mode Launch Windows as usual. Go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Mouse" > "Pointing Device" to open the Vaio touchpad control center. Uncheck the "Enable" box on the "Pointing Device" window when you wish to use your external mouse. Check the "Enable" box on the "Pointing Device" window when you want to use the Sony Vaio touchpad. Make sure the external mouse is not interfering with the touchpad if you have one connected. If so, unplug the mouse from your computer. Click the "OK" button at the bottom of the "Pointing Device" window. Close all other windows. b> XP and Vista Safe Mode b> Restart your computer. Press the F8 key before the Windows welcome screen appears to enter Safe Mode. Click "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Add/Remove Programs." Find and delete all software for mice and pointing devices. Restart your computer in normal Windows mode. Proceed to next step if the problem persists. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. Right click the "My Computer" icon on the desktop. Choose "Properties" on the drop-down list. Pick the "Device Manager" tab in the Properties window. Select the "Other Devices" folder and click on the "+" sign besides it. Delete all the devices under this "+" sign by clicking on the "Remove" button next to each of the items. Restart Windows in Normal Mode. Once Windows is operating, there will be a "New Hardware Wizard" pop-up that will load all the necessary drivers for the touchpad, mouse and other pointing devices. This should fix the corrupt driver for your Vaio touchpad. b> Windows 7 Safe Mode b> Reboot your computer and press the F8 key before the Windows welcome screen appears to enter Safe Mode. Go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Device Manager" > "Mice and other pointing devices." Click the touchpad icon. Choose the "Driver" tab and press the "Uninstall" button. Press the "OK" button to confirm. Restart Windows in Normal Mode. Go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Device Manager" > "Mice and other pointing devices." Choose the "Driver" tab and press the "Update" button. Press the "OK" button to fix the touchpad software. Hope this help.
The reason this is happening is that as you are typing; you're resting some weight on the thin plastic above the touchpad...which then makes contact and registers a 'click'; thus moving your cursor around. Or you're brushing your thumb against it when hitting the space key.
Some laptops are more susceptible to this than others. Some more modern laptops come with a button to turn the touchpad off to solve this very problem.
The only thing you can do about this is to disable the touchpad through the touchpad driver (down by the clock, usually) and use a mouse instead. Depending on how you use your laptop, this will be more or less inconvenient- if your laptop never leaves the desk; disable the touchpad and use a mouse...no problem. If you go mobile a lot, you'll have to enable and disable the touchpad all the time.
The other thing you can do is adapt your typing style so you don't put any weight on anything but the key you're pressing. This is quite difficult and uncomfortable, and is not recommended for long sessions.
spilling the wine could have caused a surge to your battery or charger either one could be damaged but if your battery is reading full and powers off at random then it is probably your battery and needs to be replaced
Might need to take it apart and clean them. Did you spill something in there? Also make sure your mouse properties are set right click speed etc) in Control Panel. Can you double-tap the touchpad to make selections.