Wine spilled on the Latitude D630

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Fortunately it was a white wine spilled during the turbulence in flight.  However, it did enough damage so it doesn't power on anymore.  Pushing the power, it turns on for few seconds, I see the power LED comes up and shuts down almost immediately.

I opened it up and everything looks clean, nothing sticky, no spots.  I still blowed it with a dust bluster but nothing helps.  Then I hold it in front of the fireplace all day long with blower on directly on the system.  Still no luck.

Dell denied warranty repair because they found the damage on the plastic and thinking it was as a result of the drop.

Does anyone else have anymore ideas?

Question by:Tiras25
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    Accepted Solution

    If you're lucky the damage is to the keyboard.
    With the power off and battery out try removing the hinge cover and keyboard as shown:-
    and inspect for damage to the board underneath.
    You could also try removing the keyboard connector then reconnect the power and try starting by pressing on the contact under the hinge cover's power button.
    If it stays powered up you can look for a new keyboard at $20-40
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    Assisted Solution

    by:John Hurst
    Wine has sugar in it and that is very hard on electronics. Unless you are adept mechanically, it may be a write off, with the exception below.

    You can try the following:
    1. Remove the optical CD for the time being.
    2. Remove the battery.
    3. Open the machine.
    4. Remove the keyboard.
    5. Remove the memory.
    6. Remove the mini-PCI card if one (wireless NIC).
    7. Remove anything else removable.

    Is there any trace (use a light and magnifier) of any residue.

    If zero trace, you might get away with replacing the keyboard (which I would do in any event).

    You can try washing parts in distilled water and air drying for several days, but that means complete disassembly.

    ... Thinkpads_User
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    Author Comment

    Not a keyboard unfortunately.  I tried replacing and same thing.. I will try to look into other parts..
    LVL 17

    Author Closing Comment

    Not sure what helped.  Removed all parts and re-seating helped.  Glad I didn't have to wash every part in distill water.
    Thanks boys!!
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    Expert Comment

    by:John Hurst
    Thank you and good luck. ... Thinkpads_User

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