I can understand your frustration.
I have had moments where a hammer seemed to be the best solution to solve every problem, but then I realize if it ever was repairable, it certainly wouldn't be once the hammer made an impressive impact.
But the key is not to let it get the better of you, when it frustrates you, put it down and walk away from it.
Now it appears that is what you have done with it so far, only to try again and get frustrated all over again.
Here is how I managed to survive in this field without actually getting that hammer and smashing the living heck of something that defies my determination to get it to work again.
You have to think of this whole task as if it was a role playing game or a shoot 'em up video game, the villain is the culprit, the culprit is what is causing your device not to work, if you think of the trouble shooting scenario as a quest in a role playing game, it can become less frustrating to deal with.
Now I am not going to say that some electronic devices are not worth going through the trouble of fixing, because some can be damaged enough to where too many major components on the circuit board need to be replaced and it's just not worth the hassle.
When you stated that the laptop sustained damage from spilled wine getting into the keyboard area, what gave you the final conclusion the laptop was fried?
Was the laptop on when this incident occurred?
There is a way to clean such substances out of a laptop, I suggest using a quick drying cleaning solution such as using a house-hold alcohol such as isopropyl alcohol 70%, just make sure the battery on the motherboard is removed from the system and that the power battery is removed as well. The alcohol will flow across the areas with the wine residue and remove it, the alcohol its self will evaporate quite quickly and leave no traces of residue.
It is one of the most effective cleaning agents for spills like this, unlike water and soap, which causes oxidation and some soap residue to remain causing more damage.
I recommend trying an external monitor and see if the problem persists on an external screen.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 25 September 2011 - 04:23 AM.