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I'll post here since I don't think my non-computer friends and family can truly appreciate the loss involved....

For a couple years I've been the proud owner of an Alienware m18x R1. Money isn't tight but I assure you this $2K+ machine was babied as much as something could be babied. I even have a special cabinet that it lives in when it's at home and not at use.

Yesterday I had it 'deployed' at my parents' house working on a couple of mundane things. I reached across the table and managed to knock a full Red Bull right onto the keyboard. Despite the panic I was able to quickly remove battery and power and then tip upside-down to prevent liquid from running deeper into the machine.

I spend hours last night disassembling it and cleaning the components that had liquid on them but despite that I'm afraid the machine is toast. I get 7 long beeps and no POST which equates to CPU or possibly motherboard failure. I tried a CMOS reset and a blind flash but neither worked.

At this point I might offer it up on eBay as a parts machine just to get something back from it.

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Edited by MNiceGuy - 3/10/14 at 7:28am
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What was it configured as ? You might be able to get a pretty penny for it and use the cash for something new....

Sorry for the loss though, I used to have a G53 and my brother spilled soda all over it and also broke the power connector in one fell swoop
    
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Sorry to hear that frown.gif
Did the same with my old laptop, although with a full glass of coke. Luckily for me it was the least expensive machine I had.
You could always try to clean everything good and RMA it? It might work smile.gif
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One would presume that a 2k $ machine would be designed to withstand something as mundane as liquid spilled over the keyboard... Oh well.

Sorry for your loss, man frown.gif
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I once had the same with my HP Pavilion G7 1045-ed, which would not even boot anymore after some coke had it's way with him.

I put it on the heater for a few days, and when i took it off and plugged it in, it worked! So i would advise you to try that thumb.gif
 
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post #6 of 152
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Originally Posted by Theelichtje View Post

I once had the same with my HP Pavilion G7 1045-ed, which would not even boot anymore after some coke had it's way with him.

I put it on the heater for a few days, and when i took it off and plugged it in, it worked! So i would advise you to try that thumb.gif

That would be nice. I think the problem I'm going to run into is the fact Red Bull has such a high suger content that scientifically it should probably be a solid. The residue is incredibly tacky. Isopropyl even has a tough time with it.

EDIT:

SPECS
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GTX 460M SLI
x2 128 SSD (which I recovered and are now mounted in my desktop for the time being)

The rest as far as I know was base-optioned
Edited by MNiceGuy - 3/10/14 at 7:49am
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My condolences for your loss, hope you get the machine of your dreams!
post #8 of 152
You could disassemble the whole laptop and run the PCB boards through an %99 isopropyl bath.
the keyboard may still be dead but you could send that into Razor to be fixed.

When you have it out of the case disconnect the keyboard and use a spare and see if it will boot after you try cleaning.

I guess first you should try contacting Razor to see what your options are thumb.gif

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Thanks everyone for your comments and ideas.

The warranty is long gone and even if it wasn't I think it's going to be clear to anyone who looks at it that it's a case of accidental damage. Their first thought would be "this thing smells like candy!".

There have been some interesting ideas brought up to attempt to rescue it. What are the odds that an alcohol bath or a similar thorough cleaning might work? I stripped it down to the motherboard and used 91% and cotton swabs anywhere I could tell liquid made contact.

My understanding is that if there was liquid present that created a short then I am most likely out of luck. Am I right in thinking that?
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A short is one thing, if any of the Caps are blown (cylinders), look for the tops pushing out, or even scorch marks, than that is dead.
If any residue is remaining between points there could still be a short preventing the board from working, which could be fixable.

When you "wash" the board remember to remove the battery. You don't want any electricity live on the board thumb.gif
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