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Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

Posted by: Peter Paul F.      8 May 2010 @ 20:20
Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

Hi
An advent 5611 laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the laptop. The water was not spilt on keyboard. The laptop was switched off and left to dry but it will not power up. I cannot get access to the motherboard to check the power route; neither can I remove the hard drive despite releasing all visible screws. There is 19V coming out of the power supply so I would like to check the socket on the motherboard first. Are there some hidden screws or fixings not readily visible? that is not allowing the case to split. Thanks

Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      8 May 2010 @ 20:56
RE: Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

I'm afraid Advent is the name given by DSG Group stores to computers that it buys in from other manufacturers and re-badges. To quote my fellow PCIQ Professional, Jon S.
"we've been round this one at least three times before its really an ECS / Uniwill U51IL1 - and is one of the "orphaned" machines which are missing from the ECS and Uniwill support pages"
So it's a really badly documented computer.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      8 May 2010 @ 21:07
RE: Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

That machine is really an ECS / Uniwill U51IL1 and so far none of us have managed to find it anywhere on the ECS or Uniwill support sites. It seems totally orphaned as a product.
Personally I've never had to take one apart so I'm loathe to offer specific advice on stripping it down, but to answer your question in a general way, then yes the Uniwill laptops often do have hidden screw - often under the fascia or hinge panels
The closest I know to a help site for this machine is on UKTSupport at http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/advent/laptop/5611.htm- but thats very limited and probably wont help you

Its actually quite annoying in that we get more questions about the U51IL1 than all other laptop models put together, but without a manual theres not a lot of specific advice we can offer. It was obviously a good seller (or at least for Advent) so why have ECS disowned it? Strange.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      8 May 2010 @ 21:13
RE: Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

PS to that
Any laptop engineer worth his salt should be able to take it apart following inspection and by working on basic principles and trial and error - but I wouldn't advise anyone without the relevant experience to try - simply too much to break

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      8 May 2010 @ 21:26
RE: Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

and a PPS

Its a longshot but the guys on this forum may have more knowledge than us on this one
http://www.adventsupport.com/viewforum.php?f=1

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Reply by: Peter Paul F.      9 May 2010 @ 18:10
RE: Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

Hi,
Many thanks for all the replies. Even the Advent forum had nothing to add. I just wanted an idea where to start but I am competent enough to dismantle without breaking bits and I am almost there. Just some odd clip I have not located. Advent forum did report power socket failures on this model; hence the need to dismantle.

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Reply by: David R H. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Sutton, SM1      10 May 2010 @ 09:43
RE: Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

I'd guess that a small amount of water has got in through cooling vents and dampened the motherboard in a few places. It doesn't take much to stop the logic from working and therefore it won't power on.

You may be lucky in that opening it and drying it thoroughly (not just visibly - a few days in a warm, dry place) and it will work again. You'd also need to check all connectors where water might have got in - open & dry with a hair dryer.

The thing that might kill it is if water has got to the edge of the motherboard and been absorbed there. These boards are multi-layer and water absorption causes the layers to swell, separate and crack tracks. If that happens, the board is not repairable.

Best of luck :)

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Reply by: Peter Paul F.      11 May 2010 @ 10:50
RE: Hi An advent laptop was in use on a table and a glass of water was spilt and it ran under the lapt

Hi,
Many thanks for all the help. Had it in the sun in a window for three days. It draws some 100 mA but it is not getting to the battery or the switch.
I guess it has got to the motherboard. Did do all connectors with IPA but no avail.

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