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My student daughter bought a Dell 1545 on my advice. After just 18 days of ownership, she spilled an ice tea beverage all over the laptop. After drying out, it would not work; Dell refused to repair under warranty, and said it was uneconomical to repair - in other words, I suppose a new motherboard etc cost more than the original laptop! This is ridiculous! The screen is presumably still perfect; probably the hard disk, and ram, and loads of other components - the li-ion battery, re-charger, etc. are just fine..no? Why can't it be economically repaired? How much does it cost to test a motherboard (or replace it, and see if it works)? It seems a real shame to throw the rest of it away - well, a new battery costs about $150, the charger is about $50, the screen - I have no idea - etc., so why can't you price replacement motherboards economically? My daughter needs a laptop for her university studies, and I have no money to help her...

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Hi,
You are completely right. There should be lots of parts that can be working properly.

So, You should contact another service other than dell. You may get it fixed for a motherboard (or whatever parts that are not functioning) fee + service I think.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010

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Please check your Warranty coverage and see if there is a notation that indicates the entitlement of accidental damage such as the spilling of liquid. Call Dell Customer Care and see if they can give assistance. Please let me know if the information has been helpful. Thank you.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010

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