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Motherboard just spilt beer over it,stripped it down and dryed it out and know once the power supply is pluged in the light comes on flashes and the laptop will not switch on,not even a there any way of checking whats nackered and whats not,i've herd about these fault cards but does there need to be power to the mobo.thanks for any help....

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I see many cases of spilt coffee/pop/beer/liquid of some sort spilt on laptops at work, and it is rare that good news accompanies it. It is rather impossible to clean out a laptop entirely. Your best bet is to get your data off the hard drive, buy a new laptop, and transfer it over. This may seem harsh, but it really is your best option if you do not wish to lose data.

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Then you plug a PCI Express card in, and NO fans spin.

PCI Express graphics card took all the power there was available.

[ A PCI Express x16 slot can deliver Up To 75 Watts ]

1) If ALL of the LED lights were on at once, they would use less than 1 Watt of power.

2) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts of power.

3) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts of power.
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You don't have enough power to turn the Processor on.
Fans were spinning, you plugged a graphics card in, fans do not spin now.

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HOWEVER, the method is to diagnose; not parts changing.
Do you have a multimeter to test the three voltage power rails?
I can guide you. An economical multimeter ranges about $5 to $12 around here.

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[The Electrolytic Capacitors used are Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors ]

Click on the second photo down on the right. The Bottom example is a Radial design. The example is actually a Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor.

Just so I do not miss anything in the diagnoses, I would also like you to look CLOSE at the Electrolytic Capacitors on the motherboard, too,

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General Electrolytic Capacitor construction,

1) Case: The outside case is an aluminum cylindrical shell.
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2) The top 'lid' is a thin aluminum flat disk.
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3) The bottom 'lid' is a synthetic rubber flat disk.
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This applies to Electrolytic capacitors on the motherboard, and in the Power Supply.

[NOT an invite to open the Power Supply, and attempt a repair!
This = No.
Replace ]

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