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7/2/2013 5:29:41 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I log onto debate.org, and everything looks messed up...JK.

I think I got a bit of water on my laptop last night (on the keyboard). When I tried using it, I noticed that when I press either the "4" or "t" key "4t"/"t4" would come out. the same for "y" & "7", as well as "[" with "8/0". So I opened it up to let it air out a bit and clean out the dust, I used a pressurized air can. When I closed it back up it wouldn't start. Even the battery light was off. However, when I plugged the pc (with the battery in the PC) into the socket, the battery light went on, but the PC still won't start.
Is it the battery, the mother board, or is my whole PC gone?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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7/3/2013 8:35:04 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Electronics are usually pretty resilient. As long as we are talking about a little bit of water I would suspect that maybe just a little extra dry time is all that is needed. I would remove the battery, unplug and let it sit for some hours. Open it and if you have a safe place turn it upside down. I once spilled half a bottle of water on a running laptop. After a little dry time without a power source it started right up and had no problems. If that doesn't work you might want to take it to a professional to have it evaluated.
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7/3/2013 8:49:43 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 7/2/2013 5:29:41 PM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
I log onto debate.org, and everything looks messed up...JK.

I think I got a bit of water on my laptop last night (on the keyboard). When I tried using it, I noticed that when I press either the "4" or "t" key "4t"/"t4" would come out. the same for "y" & "7", as well as "[" with "8/0". So I opened it up to let it air out a bit and clean out the dust, I used a pressurized air can. When I closed it back up it wouldn't start. Even the battery light was off. However, when I plugged the pc (with the battery in the PC) into the socket, the battery light went on, but the PC still won't start.
Is it the battery, the mother board, or is my whole PC gone?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Try removing the ram and battery, be careful you don't touch the gold parts on the ram, then put them back in, making sure they are snug. Either one may have come loose. If that doesn't work, then take some pictures of your laptop, with any parts you removed during cleaning, removed.
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7/4/2013 12:44:22 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
K. So I took it apart, and discovered the problem was the mini ribbon that connects the power button to the motherboard came out, so I got it back in and locked it in place and now my computer is up and running. :)

However, my keyboard is still not working properly, it seems to me that the issue here is that the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard is worn out a bit in one spot due to the way it was folded. What are my options now?
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7/4/2013 12:56:29 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 7/4/2013 12:44:22 AM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
K. So I took it apart, and discovered the problem was the mini ribbon that connects the power button to the motherboard came out, so I got it back in and locked it in place and now my computer is up and running. :)

However, my keyboard is still not working properly, it seems to me that the issue here is that the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard is worn out a bit in one spot due to the way it was folded. What are my options now?

Yeesh. Since you don't seem too technically knowledgable, though clearly at least partly technically inclined, I'm not sure what the best advice I can give is....such ribbons can be replaced, but it ain't always easy. I don't THINK it usually requires soldering/desoldering on either side, if memory serves, so it's a fairly cheap part that can be replaced "easily"...just be VERY VERY careful. (I completely docked up a Gameboy DS similar cable through lack of delicacy)

When you say not working properly though, do you mean the same problem, or that it's not working at all?
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7/4/2013 3:00:05 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 7/4/2013 12:56:29 AM, bladerunner060 wrote:
At 7/4/2013 12:44:22 AM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
K. So I took it apart, and discovered the problem was the mini ribbon that connects the power button to the motherboard came out, so I got it back in and locked it in place and now my computer is up and running. :)

However, my keyboard is still not working properly, it seems to me that the issue here is that the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard is worn out a bit in one spot due to the way it was folded. What are my options now?

Yeesh. Since you don't seem too technically knowledgable, though clearly at least partly technically inclined, I'm not sure what the best advice I can give is....such ribbons can be replaced, but it ain't always easy. I don't THINK it usually requires soldering/desoldering on either side, if memory serves, so it's a fairly cheap part that can be replaced "easily"...just be VERY VERY careful. (I completely docked up a Gameboy DS similar cable through lack of delicacy)

The side that goes into the motherboard is pretty simple, the side that is attached to the keyboard is what worries me (it seems to go inside the keyboard). I'm not sure if I can just replace the ribbon without getting a new keyboard as well.

When you say not working properly though, do you mean the same problem, or that it's not working at all?

Basically,the same problem maybe a couple more keys not working/acting up.

Right now I'm considering the method shown in the you tube video. What do you think of that method?
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7/7/2013 11:55:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Those flat ribbon cables are a punishment from God. Before cutting the cable as suggested in the video, I'd try reseating the connector one more time and making sure connector is firmly attached to the cable. If that doesn't work, then try shortening the cable. After that, take it to a repair shop and have them replace the cable.