Yesterday while I was in work my brother was on my pc. He said he knocked over a glass of water but none got into the pc. He said he knocked off the power straight away.
When I came home I opened up the pc and couldn't see any water. There was a strange smell coming from it though. I turned it on and it worked and I was able to log in. But the Internet wasn't working.
I thought this might be because I had unplugged everything and put them back so I restarted the pc.The pc just kept restarting and nothing was coming up on the monitor. It didn't even show the bios screen.
I opened it up again to have a proper look and I unplugged the 12v connection. There was a tiny amount of water on it. Then I noticed something on my motherboard had blown. It's one of those small black squares.Some brown fluid seems to have leaked from it too.
The case is an Antec 300 so obviously the water got through the top fan.
Is my motherboard ruined or can it be fixed?
Could I RMA it? How would they know if it's water damage or not? I'm not even 100% sure it's water damage? How do I tell?
you know its water because you said yourself there was water in the connection. sounds like you blew some capacitors. sounds abotu right to. water followed the trail of the cable to the termination of the cable and made a home at the lowest gravitational point. you could try to RMA it but more than likely you'll just end up having paid shipping charges to get a no but if you're willing to try knowing it isn't really the mobo maker's fault then thats your morality issue
^ Yes, it shorted. Yes, the blown capacitor can be replaced. The "smell" could also come from a blown PSU. The real damage was to turn-on the PC before it fully dried out. Regarding the CPU ~ might be damaged, the black square capacitors control CPU power.
If there's a local electronic repair shop they can probably do the repairs, but call around verses driving.
However, get a Guestimate and compare the repair cost to the replacement cost. BTW - those capacitors cost ~ <$10/ea, and it is possible to do it yourself - also assuming there's no other components that are ruined.
I'll check the PSU when I get home. I'm posting these from work.
Would any electronics place be able to replace the MOSFET or would it have to be a computer specialist? I'm not sure I could do that myself as it's tiny. I'd give it a go with the bigger cylinder capacitor though.
ireland... sure the brown liquid wasn't beer ( i'm irish myself)
and yea its possible to replace but the smell as pointed out might be the psu blown. call pc world see if they can do it or reccommend somebody to get the mosfet replaced and compare vs cost of new mobo also note sometimes if it did blwo your psu it is very possible it blew other components so you may wanna test the cpu in another computer as well as the ram, and video card along with all the perifrials
The guy in PC World said that I'd be hard pressed to find anyone to fix it as it's such a small component and it's such delicate job. He also said water damage is very bad for the motherboard and there could be other parts of it blown.
Even if I could find someone, he said it'd be expensive. A new motherboard is €100. Looks like I'll be replacing it so :-(