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My sister spilled a cup of coffee on her Dell Inspiron n5010, looks like it killed the motherboard and I'm not going to hold my breath for the processor. Is it worth trying to get replacement parts, or should I just scrap it? At this point, the laptop is mine to tinker with and having another computer is never a bad thing. Are replacement parts hard to find?
post #2 of 12
Take it apart (leave the heatsinks attached to the MB

clean it with rubbing alchyhol

and put it back together to see what happens!

the HDD can be re-used as long as nothing got inside it tongue.gif
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Even if it's at the point where it won't start up and there's no light when the charger is plugged in?
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Originally Posted by Vocality View Post

Even if it's at the point where it won't start up and there's no light when the charger is plugged in?

Worth a shot. It could just be a short from where the liquids dried up. I've fixed a broken laptop before by doing this smile.gif.

You get to take something apart, learn a little about laptop computer construction, and have a slight possibility of a working computer afterwards. Sounds like a fun evening to me!
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Worth a shot. It could just be a short from where the liquids dried up. I've fixed a broken laptop before by doing this smile.gif.
You get to take something apart, learn a little about laptop computer construction, and have a slight possibility of a working computer afterwards. Sounds like a fun evening to me!

Well, I know what I'm doing the rest of the night. Thanks for the quick suggestion!
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I 'believe' not sure that the CPU is perfectly functional because its protected by the CPU fan from the top and motherboard from the bottom. I also 'believe' (and might be wrong) that the PSU is damaged and if replaced the laptop might get back on its feet. good luck with trying to fix it.

not an option to send it to dell?
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Well, I know what I'm doing the rest of the night. Thanks for the quick suggestion!

Your welcome smile.gif.

I've got two laptops to fix that I just havent had time for, one needs the power bricks adapater resoldered and the other just needs to be hooked up to an external screen (screen supports are broken)

Not including my LCD that has a popped cap that I need to fix.

Gah... so many electronics and not enough time to fix them!

(and I need a soldering iron)
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I 'believe' not sure that the CPU is perfectly functional because its protected by the CPU fan from the top and motherboard from the bottom. I also 'believe' (and might be wrong) that the PSU is damaged and if replaced the laptop might get back on its feet. good luck with trying to fix it.
not an option to send it to dell?

The CPU is most likely fine, and the PSU PCB or the MB could be damaged if power wasn't cut immediately when it got wet. Hell, I don't know much about laptops, but it could just be a popped fuse or damage prevention mechanism if the laptop gets wet.

In this situation it would be considered "physical damage" and not under warranty, but that depends on dells warranty procedure and if the laptop is actually still under warranty.
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I 'believe' not sure that the CPU is perfectly functional because its protected by the CPU fan from the top and motherboard from the bottom. I also 'believe' (and might be wrong) that the PSU is damaged and if replaced the laptop might get back on its feet. good luck with trying to fix it.
not an option to send it to dell?

We're in the last couple weeks of the college semester here, so she needed something before finals came up. She goes to a college a few hours away, and no other computer was readily available to her. As far as she and my parents are concerned, it's dead and time to get a new one. They just gave it to me to fiddle around with, and I don't think I've got the money to have Dell fix something with an expired warranty.

I'll look into the PSU too though, awesome!
post #9 of 12
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And within half an hour's worth of work, it's running fine and my hands smell like coffee.
post #10 of 12
Sweet!

Glad to hear. How bad was it?
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