What to do with a soaked laptop
January 31, 2006 9:37 AM Subscribe
This morning I awoke to find that my laptop had drowned in a pool of water.
posted by PercussivePaul to Computers & Internet (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm pretty sure it's dead, since I usually keep it on, and it was turned off when I checked it in the morning. I'm letting it dry out for a day but I have little hope.
What do I do now??
It's a 2 year old Powerbook and it's still under the 3 year protection plan. I know they don't cover accidents but if I let it dry out and send it in is there any chance they'll replace it? (One of my friends said he did that at Future Shop and got the whole laptop replaced. I don't want to do this for ethical reasons but I really can't afford a new computer right now so I'm tempted to give it a shot. I don't have much to lose.)
Is it possible that it would be reparable, or that I could salvage and sell any of the parts? Should I start pricing new computers?
Incidentally how this happened is quite a mystery. I last used my computer around 9:00 pm last night, then went out and had a few drinks, then went home and straight to bed without using my computer. In the morning, when I tried to check my e-mail after waking up, I found it was soaking wet. I have no idea who did it. Might have been me in a drunken or sleepwalking state (I certainly have no memory of it), might have been one of my roommates by accident, might have been some random guy who wandered in off the street, poured water on it, then wandered out. There's no sign of spillage - no empty cup lying on its side next to the laptop, for example. No sign of leaky ceiling or window. Weird huh?