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I have dreamed a dream, but now that dream is gone from me.

Discussion in 'Sager and Clevo' started by Kevin, Mar 24, 2010.

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  1. Kevin

    Kevin Egregious

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    I spilled a cup of coffee on my M86, and it instantly fried. Why'd I make a thread about it? Good question. Answer: Shut up.

    I could have cheated to take advantage of my warranty, but I was straight up with R&J Tech, and they want me to send it in for an estimate. If it's just the mainboard, it will be at least $480. So, at what price does it begin to make more sense to just buy a brand new machine? Even ~$500 is pushing it for me. Is the M860TU even worth a $500 repair? My nightmare scenario is that I get the board replaced now, and risk having the CPU or GPU fail due to the spill at a later date. Say I spend $480 now, then the 260M fails next month. That's another $450+, at which point I could've spent that $900+ on a shiny new W870CU barebones. That possibility is what has me hesitating to get the repairs done.

    If the CPU and GPU are deemed okay, I'm thinking that it might be a better move to just sell them as individual parts then put that ~$700 towards a new computer.

    Leave advice and condolences below.

    Random thought: Is there any regular member here, who would be able/willing to receive my CPU/GPU for testing?

    tl;dr version - fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
     
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    If yer GPU and CPU are OK, I think yer idea of selling them off and buying something new is sound.

    That definitely sucks though. Sorry to hear it.
     
  3. Blacky

    Blacky Notebook Virtuoso

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    My advice is to first wait for the damage evaluation and then take a decision.
     
  4. Soviet Sunrise

    Soviet Sunrise Notebook Prophet

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    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    Definitely wait for the quote, then think.

    @Clevo Start making spill-resistant keyboards already!
    Evolve, ffs! You see we are total noobs and with all the techno-progress we can only get clumsier! Take that into consideration!
     
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    naticus Notebook Deity

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    As others have already mentioned; wait for quote, if it's too high, then sell it off piece by piece.

    BTW i might be interested in that CPU -- if it works of course.:)
     
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    Mandrake Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    An excuse to upgrade to i7!
     
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Egregious

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    So it somehow awoke itself from hibernation.

    New notes:

    - the LED lights now acknowledge the A/C power
    - the touchpad is inoperable
    - some of the keyboard works; I was able to enter my password and enter Windows
    - the Power button and Hotkeys do not work. Well, to be precise, all four of them act as if they're the Silent Mode key.

    So is it safe to say that the motherboard is not FUBAR?
    If it comes to it, the CPU is yours.
    I'm trying, but it seems to be coming back to life.
     
  9. roymathieu

    roymathieu Notebook Consultant

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    i feel your pain... my condolences, good luck with the repair/replacement
     
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    ronnieb Representing the Canucks

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    Good luck brother :(
     
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    NYC Drifter Notebook Evangelist

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    i just tried a config at pctorue without accident protection, back to the website.

    hope yours survives to fight another day!
     
  12. The_Moo™

    The_Moo™ Here we go again.....

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    Coke = syrup = sticky non-conductive residue.

    That means isopryl and q-tips.
     
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    If you haven't already, give it some time to dry out, open it up and clean any residue from it; then wait, cross your fingers, and try it again.

    Good luck.
     
  14. welshman

    welshman Notebook Enthusiast

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    Most household insurance will have an accident policy that would cover this. As mentioned above take the lappy apart and allow it to dry. I found a decent PC in a skip and allowed it to dry for two weeks. Everything was fine and I ended up with a decent Q6600 system for the cost of a hard drive and case. :)
     
  15. ARGH

    ARGH Notebook Deity

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    dude just take it apart and clean / dry it up. do this before any rust starts to build up on the copper. it will be fine once it is cleaned up but you can't just let it sit there to dy itself.
     
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    You shouldn't have turned it on. You should have left it to dry for a while to make sure there's no more liquid inside. I once spilled a whole bowl of noodles and soup (don't ask) on my laptop. I turned it off immediately and didn't turn it on for a week and even used a blow dryer on it. Luckily, it continued to work without any problems. Never got the smell out though. :p
     
  17. Kevin

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    I came in, and somehow it had powered up and was sitting at the Windows login prompt. I definitely knew better than to boot it up otherwise.

    I used ctrl-alt-delete to get it off as fast as I could.
     
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    flipfire Moderately Boss Super Moderator

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    Disassemble it bare and some alcohol cleaning should fix it.

    lol i doubt you would have cheated warranty with all the internal mess
     
  19. Win3K

    Win3K Notebook Consultant

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    I once spilled orange juice on a laptop and immediately unplugged the AC and took out the battery, flipped it upside down. I put a fan near it for a day. It turned the next day but the keyboard are sticky as hell. After a week of moving my hand back and forth on the keyboard, all the keys are fine now. Good luck, bro I feel you.
     
  20. Thisisalamp

    Thisisalamp Notebook Deity

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    Does putting a bag of silicon gel inside the laptop work? It worked for my phone (that mysteriously dropped in the toilet)...

    I placed the phone in an airsealed bag with a bag of silicon gel, and voila worked after a week! Sucked out all the water in it. Maybe you could try that?
     
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