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Old 07-18-2006, 11:54 PM   #1
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Water in my laptop

I had a disaster today and I need any suggestions or help I can get. I spilled water on my work laptop and it immediately shut down. I tried to dry what I could get at, without taking it apart. Nothing happened for a long time, no lights, anything. I went out for a bit and when I came back I removed the battery pack and put it back on and the battery light lit up green but hitting the power key did nothing. Battery is charged, and I have no ideas of where to even start. Work will charge me a hefty replacement fee, plus I have a tonne of stuff saved to it that I need. Any ideas/ suggestions of things I can try or should I not even bother? I'd appreciate any help. Thanks
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:24 AM   #2
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When they get wet, it's best not to turn them on until everything is dry because the water + electricity can short out the parts. It could either be damaged from the water, or any combination of the water + trying to start it up. You could suggest your company see if the hard drive is undamaged and simply put that in a new laptop.
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Old 07-19-2006, 03:50 AM   #3
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There's not much else to do than to wait until it's completely dry and then try to turn it on again. Remove the battery to avoid further short circuiting of the parts. Even if the memory or CPU is already dead, it is still possible that many of the parts - including the HD, as LivLuv said - can be saved. I would guess that your work has an insurance.
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:25 PM   #4
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My work has insurance. It's that I am repsonsible for replacing the laptop if I break it.

The green battery light is still showing, but absolutely nothing happens, and I just wondered if I should take anything apart before I call our IT guys and nail myself. If either of you read this or anyone else, if you would be able to talk me through what things I should check (I know the keyboard and the monitor - that's how basic my knowledge of the hardware is), I would appreciate it. Please let me know at whiterabbit74@hotmail.com as it might be faster than msging here. Again, thanks for any help...and Thanks to LivLuv and U2man so far.
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Thats really odd that your work would hold you accountable for the laptop. As a business, they most likely have (and should) insurance. Many business pull a scam where they charge employees for crap like this, but STILL GET THE INSURANCE TO PAY FOR IT. Just call the IT guys, and play dumb... dont volunteer anymore information than 'its not working'.
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Thanks for the kick in the rear Elvis, I needed that.

So I called and said that a client spilled something on it.
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Let's hope none of your bosses read this board

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Oh yeah....good point...something else to worry about!! I really hope they don't!
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I just got an email from out tech area saying that they are placing a service call, and I will be responsible for the repairs, and if it is not recoverable, I will be responsible for purchasing this laptop and they will supply me with another one. I'm trying to find my work contract, which is not in the file I usually have it in...If I signed a contract saying I AM responsible, which I think I did,...is it reasonable for me to ask them to guarantee they are not claiming this on their insurance?
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Why would a company ever ask employees to sign contracts like that? Don't they have warranties?

I work in IT for a college and we've never, ever asked for any faculty or staff to chip in with repairs. All of our equipment is under warranty for at least 1 year. I've seen dead laptops from water spills, knocking them off the table, smashing them - but all that is covered by our various warranties, service agreements, and the IT's budget.

If you didn't purchase the laptop in the first place, I can't understand why you'd be responsible for buying a new one. And if you do, be sure to keep it!
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If you didn't purchase the laptop in the first place, I can't understand why you'd be responsible for buying a new one. And if you do, be sure to keep it!
They are actually making me buy the OLD dead one, and they will provide a new working one. They are also telling me WHERE I have to take the dead on to see if it can be fixed somehow, which I will be paying for...I can't even get quotes from other places. Someone suggested I claim it against my house ins., but then my premiums will go up.
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They are actually making me buy the OLD dead one, and they will provide a new working one. They are also telling me WHERE I have to take the dead on to see if it can be fixed somehow, which I will be paying for...I can't even get quotes from other places. Someone suggested I claim it against my house ins., but then my premiums will go up.
If you could get away with it, say you'll work something out yourself, give back the busted one, and get a deal somewhere. Then at least you get to keep it.
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Man, I'd never sign a contract like that. Thats obsurd.... what if the machine fried on its own? would they make u pay for that too? Not sure where you work, but thats really jacked.
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Yeah, that is messed up.
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