Thinkpad won't start up, says

July 29, 2011 at 05:38:54
Specs: Windows XP
Hi there,

I hope that someone may be able to advise. I spilled a small quantity of liquid on my T42 Thinkpad. I dried it off immediately and put the laptop in the sun to allow any remaining liquid to evaporate. It was still on and functioning throughout this procedure. I left it for about 10/15 minutes out on the balcony and when I came back to check on it, it had gone into black screen screen mode and was saying there was a fatal error and was performing a physical system dump or something on those lines. The machine at this point was extremely hot to touch which I presume is due to having been left under fairly strong sunlight for 10/15 minutes.

I switched the machine off with the on/off button and have since attempted several times to switch it back on but each time it reaches the same point and won't go any further. At this point it says "Intel(R) Boot Agent GE v1.2.17
Copyright (C) 1997........
PXE-E61:Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Operating System not found"

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July 29, 2011 at 09:19:26
PXE means it's trying to boot from the network since it can't find a hard drive. 10/15 minutes isn't a very long time, especially if the liquid has seeped deep into the laptop. By the way, what type of liquid was it, if it was water, you might be ok. If it was something else, it may be conductive and causing shorts on the motherboard.

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July 30, 2011 at 13:00:09
Hi Thx,

thanks for your response. The liquid was fruit juice but the amount was so slight that I didn't think it could have seeped that far down. I've taken the hard drive out, left it in a dry place, put it in the freezer overnight but to no avail. The rest of the laptop seems to be ok as it was able to boot up on a CD of the Knoppix operating system.

So basically it looks like the hard disk is knackered. I'm now wondering as a last resort would it there be any conceivable hope of salvaging it if I were to take the hard disk apart? Please bear in mind that I'd be in the remedial class for computer know-how.

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July 31, 2011 at 09:09:57
Hi DeeMurfy, do not take the hard drive apart, they are assembled in clean rooms. Opening up the drive would introduce dust on the drive platters and do more damage. Can you hear the drive spinning when it's in the laptop?

I'm more inclined to believe the fruit juice on the motherboard is causing the problem than the hard drive going bad. If you have valuable data on the drive you could try to put it in external case, plug it into a working computer and retrieve the data.

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