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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-09-2007, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have a hookup on laptop repair?

My cousin's laptop suffered an overdose of soda and now it is not recognizing the hard drive at bootup. It's a Dell Inspiron 9200 laptop with the 17" scree. Unfortunately it is out of warranty and I am sick of dealing with "Mike" in India.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-09-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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You should have bought a Mac...they are soda resistant

You may want to deal directly with Dell. No doubt some shop around here might have a fix too, however if you deal through them you may have an easier time in the future getting follow up work if something were to go wrong. Like if the keyboard was replaced and then a month later a few of the keys don't work well.

Depending on the damage, it may be cheaper to get a new laptop. If it's just a bad hard drive and maybe one other part, then it's fine to fix it. But if the repair shop tells you that the HD, keyboard, and motherboard need to be replaced or whatever else...you may be better simply transferring the data from the drive to a new one and getting a new laptop. If the HD has gone bad, you may need to send it to a recovery specialist place to get the data on to DVD's
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You should have bought a Mac...they are soda resistant
And they make really good toasted English muffins (already buttered).



As Biggy said. If its just a bad drive than no problem but more likely you are looking at a fried motherboard that WILL cost ~$400 from Dell.


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Well if it's booting it's probably not a motherboard.

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I am hoping it's just a bad drive. Fried motherboard, I will just sell it for parts and have my cousin buy a new one. Hopefully his son won't be allowed near the new one with soda in hand.

Dell wants $199 just for diagnosis. Parts, labor and shipping all extra. Fock that. Not worth fixing it.

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Well if it's booting it's probably not a motherboard.
That is what I am thinking. Bios does not recognize the HD at all. HD doesn't spin up either. Thinking maybe bad drive or bad HD controller.

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That is what I am thinking. Bios does not recognize the HD at all. HD doesn't spin up either. Thinking maybe bad drive or bad HD controller.
I'd get a drive from tiger on the cheap and replace it, you'll be out less than the $200 for dell to look at it and if it doesn't fix it, you're still ahead.

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The soda could have also shorted something out w/ respect to the drive.

That syrup is nasty when it dries.


I managed to salvage a thinkpad by removing the HD and CD and soaking the components in luke warm water to dissolve the soda syrup, then let it air dry for a week before attempting to put it back together. It fired right up.

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Try using an external HDD enclosure to get any info off of the HDD. I love those things.
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The soda could have also shorted something out w/ respect to the drive.

That syrup is nasty when it dries.


I managed to salvage a thinkpad by removing the HD and CD and soaking the components in luke warm water to dissolve the soda syrup, then let it air dry for a week before attempting to put it back together. It fired right up.
Just make sure you remove the batteries first if you do that.

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I can check check out the drive seperate from the laptop. Also try and get your data too.
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There really isn't anything important on the drive. I'm going to pop in a new drive and take it from there. Thanks for the offer.

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It's a CLSB miracle. I reseated the HD a few times and all is working again, at least for now.

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