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Wet laptop - fried?


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#1 akeydel

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 02:50 PM

My Latitude D620 was upside-down and got wet.
It was plugged in and powered on. The water probably sat for about an hour.
I am not sure of the extension of the damage, but I dried it out with a can of air and a fan to circulate the air.
I made the mistake of trying to turn it on immediately when I found it was wet, but nothing happened. Then I unplugged it and took out the battery
It has been drying for a couple days now, but has not turned on.
Is there anything to be done further, or maybe a way to salvage the files?

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 04:19 PM

Some years ago I've got my HP 15.4" wet as well (by hot tea with sugar); technicals said we should change the motherboard... we never did (was too costly).

I feel sorry for you. :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:03 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

I have to ask when you say your laptop was up-side-down and it got wet, how wet is wet?

In other words, was it immersed in a puddle of water, or did it just happen to get rained on?

There is still a chance the laptop will recover, however, there may be signs of corrosion (caused by the impurities in the water) on the contacts of the connectors of various components.

You may have to disassemble this laptop and work on the connectors. By this I mean disconnect them, then try running over the contacts with a toothbrush.
This will remove the white powder usually left from the impurities in the water.

This procedure may bring your laptop back to life.

I am not using my usual computer at the moment, but my other one has links to web sites that show detailed instructions for properly dismantling laptops.

If you'd like me to offer those links to you and you are willing to try to revive your laptop yourself, please let me know and I will provide the links in another post.

Kind regards and best of luck to you.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:54 PM

If you could post those links that would be awesome, considering I have no idea how to disassemble a computer.
Also, it was only about 2 ounces of water, but unfortunately, a little goes a long way.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 07:27 PM

Okay my friend I have switched over to my primary computer.

I have several links to offer you.

First the support page for your Dell latitude D620 http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...20/en/index.htm

I am linking you to your service manual, this manual has exploded views of your laptop. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...en/SM/index.htm

You can download the manual to your computer from the first link I gave you, just click the download tab next to service manual.

Here is another useful link regarding Dell laptops, it might shed a little light on the subject as well. http://www.insidemylaptop.com/category/4-dell-laptops/

Hopefully this information will help you in saving the cost of a costly laptop repair and help you bring your laptop back to life.

Kind regards and thank you for using Bleepingcomputer for help and advice. :thumbsup:
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