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Laptop wont power on..assaulted by dog pee

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#1 kristenjordan


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Posted 26 April 2011 - 08:44 PM

Hi! I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop that has been out of commission for some time now, maybe close to a year. I used it all through college and I often studied on the floor in order to have enough space for my books, papers, laptop etc. Unfortunately my chihuahua did not like this arrangement and decided one morning to mark all of my school materials, including my laptop. At the time of the attack, the laptop was plugged in and turned on. When I returned to use the laptop it would not turn on. I did not notice the urine until I unplugged it from the wall and replugged it in. The laptop powered on for a moment but made a sizzling sound and began to emit a foul, burnt dog urine odor. After that incident the laptop never powered on again. I have noticed that the power pack is lit when it is plugged into the wall and NOT in the laptop but once it is plugged into the laptop, the light on the power pack turns off. I found another power chord to test in the hopes of solving the problem but the same thing happens with the new power pack as well.

So, my questions are is this laptop fried and useless? If not, is there a way to revive it? If so, is there a way to recover the documents on it?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated as all of my MBA documents are stored on that laptop only. Thank you so much!

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#2 the_patriot11


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Posted 26 April 2011 - 10:15 PM

chances are the motherboard is fried. It is possible, though difficult to obtain a replacement motherboard. As far obtaining the data off of it, all youd have to do is remove the hard drive which in theory should be just fine. There should be a panel on the bottom side of the laptop held in place by 2 or more screws, open the panel, and the hard drive is the little silver square thingy, about 2.5 inches wide by about 3.5 long. It may be held in a bracket with 2-4 screws. Remove that, from that point you will either have to find a laptop with an extra hard drive bay, or a laptop you can hot swap the hard drive into (it has to be a 2.5 inch IDE so older laptop) or a 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch IDE adaptor and slave it in to a desktop, and you should be able to get all of your data off of it.



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Posted 27 April 2011 - 09:23 AM

To connect the drive to a Desk top PC use this from newegg.com I use it frequently to make disc images of customers computers prior to working on them.

Edit: Item was no longer carried at neweg.com You can try this model that's very similar

Edited by Sneakycyber, 27 April 2011 - 09:26 AM.

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