Laptop Water Damage – What to do if Liquid is Spilled on a Laptop

You have a Dell laptop, Vostro 1000. Water accidentally spilled on it. Even though a lid was shut, it will not now start.

You have tried leaving it unplugged for a day and then plugging it in, without success. What do you do now? You're going to want to let that machine dry for a while.

Take out any major components ie. hard drive, random access memory, battery, etc. and let it air dry for as long as possible. Check it carefully for corrosion after that. You will want to check battery terminals, random access memory contacts, etc. very carefully, as they will be easy places to spot corrosion.

After that machine is thoroughly dried, it may power back on.

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Aaron J. Berg is the owner of Anet Computers, host of the Reality PC podcast, and blogger at For over thirteen years, he worked for fortune 500 companies and the United States Federal government supporting computers. Now he helps you solve your most common computer problems.

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