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Sun May 13, 2012, 06:54 PM

Computercide by Champagne

At the graduation party last night, one of the guitarists opened his case and knocked a glass of champagne onto my laptop computer.

Today the screen is totally black- no light when I plug in the charger.

Questions
1. Can I ever retrieve the pictures I had on it?
2. Can it be refurbished or is it worth it?
3. What's a good $500-ish computer?

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sagesnow May 2012 OP
ProdigalJunkMail May 2012 #1
sagesnow May 2012 #2
struggle4progress May 2012 #3
CK_John May 2012 #4
oldernwiser May 2012 #7
sagesnow May 2012 #5
HopeHoops May 2012 #6

Response to sagesnow (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 07:01 PM

1. sorry for your loss...sounds like a hell of a way to go out though.

your best best may be to try to get the harddrive out of there and see if it survived. you can get a very inexpensive SATA to USB external HDD enclosure and try to hook it up to a friend's computer and see if it spins up.

good luck.

something like this should work for you :

http://www.frys.com/product/6906427?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #1)

Sun May 13, 2012, 07:35 PM

2. I'll try it

Thanks

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Response to sagesnow (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:52 PM

3. $5 or so and worth it:

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Response to sagesnow (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:49 PM

4. 350 will get you a good laptop from Compaq or Acer. To me brand no longer matters

everything inside is built in the same factories.

New fad of large hard drives is a waste and are technical failure prone. The average HD usage is 30GB unless your into video or music collection.

You need 3GB of memory, 120GB hard drive, and 15.6in screen runs around 350 at wallyworld.

On your current machine remove the battery hit with a hair dryer for about 5-8 min.

Lineup someone with a PC who will let you connect their usb keyboard, mouse and monitor (if your current laptop has an vga connector). This may pinpoint what is not working.



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Response to CK_John (Reply #4)

Wed May 23, 2012, 04:16 PM

7. Maybe not...

 

On your current machine remove the battery hit with a hair dryer for about 5-8 min.


Might be a lost cause since the machine may have been powered up while wet. As a rule, liquids in and of themselves have no impact on the electronics. It's when you apply power to a wet circuit that does the damage.

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Response to sagesnow (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 06:36 PM

5. Thanks...

These are all good suggestions, I'll give them a try.

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Response to sagesnow (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2012, 01:50 PM

6. You can plug the drive into an external USB case. The laptop's probably a loss.

 

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