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Boss Spilled Coffee On Laptop


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#1 bpierce

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 10:06 AM

Yes, one of my lawyers spilled coffee on his laptop and now it won't even turn on. I have been spraying it with compressed air to dry it. Is there a way to take the keyboard off to dry underneath it or is it fried? Any help would be appreciated. thanks

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:00 AM

On most notebooks there is a plastic strip near the space bar that is pried off. It will have 2 to 3 screws that must be removed. Once removed lift the lower edge of the keyboard and it should come out.
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:08 AM

1. If warranty is in effect, you could have it professionaly serviced (this of course depends on the service contract).

2. Remind your lawyer that the cd tray is not a coffee cup holder (sorry couldnt resist :thumbsup: )

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:03 PM

It is a Compaq nc6320. I think he may have fried it as it won't even turn on. I will check on the warranty, I didn't know they would cover coffee. If anyone can find a diagram, I would be forever indebted. I am going to get a lot of mileage out of this one with this attorney!!!

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 01:49 PM

Okay, I now have the computer up and running after much compressed air. I know the keyboard will most likely become sticky underneath, how might I clean it? Can I take the keyboard out somehow? Thanks for any help

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 02:12 PM

This should be the disassembly guide: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/...2/c00805752.pdf

If you can get the keyboard out, then you should be able to rise it out and reinstall it, AFTER you make sure the keyboard has fully dried out after several hours. I would use slightly warm water to help dissolve the sugar and cream and such.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 01:23 PM

Okay, keyboard all clean now the display is almost blacked out, looks kinda like a photo negative. Is there any way to fix that? Thanks so much for the manual, it has helped immensely. You folks are incredible!!!!!!!

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 01:52 PM

If you can still see the display but it's very dim, then it's likely the LCD backlight has gone out.
This can be from a faulty LCD, or bad LCD inverter. An inverter isn't terribly expensive to replace, although for getting a whole new LCD you may as well buy a new computer for the cost.

Either way you're going to have to take it to service center or call a repair tech to get it fixed, it's not a novice job.
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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:51 AM

I'm sorry, but I just can't resist! :flowers: Have him sue himself for damages! Bwah...ha....haaaaaa!!!! :thumbsup:

Seriously tho', have it looked at by a smaller computer shop in the area. Most of the larger places (BestBuy, Target, WalMart, etc) use service centers to fix these things - and they've got to send it away for that. A smaller shop should be able to test it and give you an estimate for the repair and the time that it will take.
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