Water spill, laptop won't power on, power cord light turns off when plugged in to laptop
Posted on 2009-05-18
I spilt a glass of water on my Dell Inspiron E1505 a few days ago. The water was only spilt by the mouse pad and a little leaked in by the bottom row of keys on the keyboard. I turned it off immediately, soaked up all the water I could with paper towels, and let it sit to dry. When I picked it up and tilted it, brown water leaked out by the front right speaker, which I thought was kind of odd but assumed it was just the water mixing with dirt buildup (3 yr old laptop). I let it drain in this position for a few hours onto a paper towel.
Last night (two and a half days after the spill), I tried to turn it on and the green power light came on for a split second then turned off. Following this, the laptop would not turn on in any way. I did not hear any strange noises or see any smoke. The green light on the power cord also turns off when plugged into the laptop (with or without the battery in). I've currently taken the laptop apart and have it this way.
Is this a problem with the motherboard or could it be due to something else? Any ideas on why the power cord light turns off when plugged into the laptop? Any help would be greatly appreciated.