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September 15, 2011 12:31:20 PM

Hey, over a year ago sister spilt only a tiny bit of orange juice on laptop, stopped working after that, we didn't do anything to it, now we pulled it out, and was about to throw it out, but i wanna see if there is anything i can try and do now, nothing to lose, so even if i have to take it apart and drown it in water or distilled water or some alcohol mix, and wait a week to dry, i don't care, any suggestions for ideal solution

acer travelmate 3220

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September 15, 2011 12:35:26 PM

thought this was about OJ Simpson.

Might of damaged the mobo on it so take the cpu, ram, hard drive and screen and sell them if you wish
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September 15, 2011 12:50:07 PM

no i wanna fix or nothing, hardware fairly outdated anyway, just wondering if you had a liquid choice,
i'm gonna dunk it in something if no-one has an answer anyway
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September 15, 2011 1:14:40 PM

lellz said:
no i wanna fix or nothing, hardware fairly outdated anyway, just wondering if you had a liquid choice,
i'm gonna dunk it in something if no-one has an answer anyway


Dunk it in some nice strong alcohol and see what happens. Make sure to let it dry properly if you want to give it a chance.
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September 15, 2011 1:38:13 PM

The laptop may have possibly been fried by that OJ spilling on it.

Sometimes, if you had turned it off right away....and let it dry for at least a day or two, it should still work.

The best would be just to take it apart and clean it, and yes alcohol is good to use, jus don't use TONS of it, use like a Q TIP or something. It may not actually work, but what can go wrong?
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September 15, 2011 2:00:21 PM

well it wasn't much that got on there, and it was off anyway, but never turned back on since, after some searching i may get some isopropyl/metho, and mix it with distilled water and then wash the parts with that, let it dry for a week, maybe run a blowdryer over it, and see what happens...sounds good?
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September 15, 2011 2:02:53 PM

That silly O.J. is at it again? I thought he would've learned the first few times.




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September 15, 2011 2:10:43 PM

lellz said:
well it wasn't much that got on there, and it was off anyway, but never turned back on since, after some searching i may get some isopropyl/metho, and mix it with distilled water and then wash the parts with that, let it dry for a week, maybe run a blowdryer over it, and see what happens...sounds good?


Just don't use the blow dryer!
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September 15, 2011 2:20:55 PM

ok, no blow dryer, i'll peg it to the clothes line for a week :p , but yeah ok will leave it in my room on a towel for a week or so, fingers crossed, i'll be my little gaming laptop for when i'm on the move, no loss if i trash it, i have too much spare time and get bored
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September 15, 2011 2:25:44 PM

use WD-40, it will dissolve the juice and is non conductive, then wipe off. If it still won't boot after, its toast, toss it and move on. The only removable parts you can resell are battery and charger, memory modules, hard drive and possibly the screen to someone who broke one and needs your exact model.
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September 15, 2011 2:36:57 PM

i can't get the main board by itself, i can't find disassembly guides for me, i get all components and keyboard out but can't get any further :( 
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September 16, 2011 6:54:03 AM

The first time I took a laptop apart I did one thing. I loosened every screw I could find.
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September 16, 2011 8:37:19 AM

Thanks Alot it's gonna help, so the plan is, take out the motherboard, spray it down with WD-40(great idea), then wash it off with some water/distilled water, and then leave to dry for few days and then reassemble and hopefully turn on i'll let you know how it goes, also how can i test if the power cable is working, pretty sure adapter works but what if cable or power socket is faulty, can i check that somehow?

thanks guys for all your help
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September 16, 2011 1:30:59 PM

lellz said:
Thanks Alot it's gonna help, so the plan is, take out the motherboard, spray it down with WD-40(great idea), then wash it off with some water/distilled water, and then leave to dry for few days and then reassemble and hopefully turn on i'll let you know how it goes, also how can i test if the power cable is working, pretty sure adapter works but what if cable or power socket is faulty, can i check that somehow?

thanks guys for all your help




Good luck washing off WD-40 (which is an oil, and actually stands for "water displacement") with water.

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September 16, 2011 2:02:03 PM

haha oh lol, yeah wipe, it's been a long night,, but how do you get rid of excess, within components...plus i got a varient of WD-40, little lighter, same use though
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September 16, 2011 4:08:00 PM

Likely you shorted out the motherboard. Anyway search the internet for a service manual or motherboard replacement instructions to show you how to take apart your particular laptop. Every laptop is a little different as far as the best way to take it apart.

Once you've taken the thing apart and taken the motherboard out and make sure to take out the BIOS battery. Give it a few seconds for any electricity to discharge. Blow it over with compressed air to get the dirt out and then clean it with cotton balls and Rubbing alcohol. Make sure that you don't leave any cotton fibers on the board especially over or in any ports. After you've gotten the crud off of it let it air dry and make sure to dry it completely. Put it back into the base and connect only the BIOS battery, 1 stick of RAM, the heatsink and fan assembly, power input if separate from the motherboard, and power button. Don't use the laptop battery, use the power adapter to test it out first and use an external monitor.

After you got some of it back together you can try turning it on and do use a surge protector. Make sure there is nothing flammable close to it in case of sparks ^_^. If you push the power button and nothing happens make sure you put the RAM and other connectors in properly. If the fan spins but nothing else happens, the external monitor gets an input but remains blank, and/or it keeps beeping at you then you probably need a new motherboard. If absolutely nothing happens it may need a battery (this happens on some Toshibas) so put in the battery and let it charge for a few minutes before trying to turn it on. If it still doesn't work you need a new motherboard. If it does manage to POST with an external monitor then turn it off and try it with the laptop screen. If the laptop screen does not come on then either the cable to the screen, the screen inverter board, or the screen itself needs to be replaced. If it can POST just fine to the screen the slap the whole thing back together and you should have a working laptop
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September 16, 2011 4:10:50 PM

If you need a new motherboard for the laptop you can probably get on on eBay especially if it has an nVidia chipset due to the whole 8400 fiasco. Screens for a specific laptop are a bit harder to find though.
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September 17, 2011 12:18:39 AM

i didn't want to rub it with anything, cause you can't see anything, it was literally a few drops on the keyboard over a year ago, dunno how it even got into the mobo, all i could think of was maybe that it hit the power input on mobo, so thats why i wanted to submerge it, to get over everything, also i have nothing to lose, i'd rather not take a few days of repairing. also i can't get the bios battery out, it's soldered, can i do it with battery in?
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September 17, 2011 8:26:10 PM

Doing it with the battery in will probably fry something. The BIOS battery powers the clock and also a small part of memory holding the set values of the BIOS (boot order, time, timings, things like that). If you fry those circuits, it ain't gonna POST. There should be a way to remove the battery for replacement.
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September 18, 2011 7:15:43 AM

there isn't it's glued with two forks and soldered to circuit, have to buy a new battery with forks attached when you replace it, instead of all this, would it be better to buy a Motherboard for 70 bucks, and use my gpu/cpu in that, i saw one on ebay, cause i could spend 20-40 bucks trying this and may not work, seems cheap to get an alright laptop out of it?,

wait, what am i saying, i can solder amazingly, i have a bloody class on electrical at school, i'm not thinking straight i'll try it out, but if it messes up i'll think about just buying one,
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