Dell Laptop+Water = POST beep? Perpetual Reboot
Posted on 2001-06-20
I have a problem with my co-worker's Dell Inspirion laptop. I have had nothing but good experiences with this computer until a recent accident. A glass of water was spilled over the keyboard while the computer was on. After waiting a couple days to let the computer dry out, I tried to turn the computer on to check out the damage. The computer refused to boot correctly (no surprise), and I believe gave me a POST error beep. When the computer is turned on, it sems to begin to power on (ie: fans turn on etc...) and after couple seconds, a soft (about .5 sec) beep can be heard. The monitor never turns on, and after
the beep, the computer restarts, and the sequence is repeated again, and again, until the battery is disconnected. I do not believe that the drives in the computer (DVD, hard drive) were damaged in the water spill, and think that they are fine. What could be the problem with the laptop? Is it a POST beep? I know the motherboard may be fried due to the water, but if nothing else is wrong with the computer, is it worth it to repair? This is a fairly new laptop and would hate to see it go to the trash bin. Any additional information would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.