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    Please could you advise? My gormless stepson (bless him....) decided to spill a mug of tea over my Toshiba Satellite C855 laptop!!! The laptop is DEAD!!!!!! The power lead still works coz I've tested it (the power lead was plugged in to the laptop at the time of the spillage). Could it possibly be that the battery itself is just dead (I certainly hope this is all it is)? However, I've tried powering up the laptop with, and without the battery, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing!! Please could you ease my frustrations before I make my stepson a permanent fixture in the local graveyard?

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    Hi Bcoharzis, We had the same problem, my wife spilled coffee on her Toshiba ... bottom line was replacing the key board as it had shorted it out. It would be better to take it into a reliable repair shop and get it tested .. new keyboard shouldn't be too expensive.

    FYI I went to school in Kent, beautiful countryside.


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    Hi Canuck, thank you for the advice. Unfortunately, given my current situation (unemployed, though I despise the term), money is very, very tight. I can't afford to buy random bits in the hope that I will fix the issue. However, if I don't get any further joy, I might just try to sell a few things in order to purchase a new laptop & be done with it. Not sure yet though?

    Hey...you went to school in Kent? Small world, and now you reside in Canada.....I wish!! Thanks again.

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    Hi Canuck.....just done some checks on the laptop......the power LED is now flashing (charger is connected but battery ISN'T), could the battery be the problem?

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    Hi Bcoharzis,

    First thing that should be done when any liquid is spilled on the keyboard of a laptop is to open it up fully and flip it over so the liquid does not work it's way deeper inside to the motherboard, then disconnect the battery, usb's, etc.

    Here are a couple of links that might help you.

    What to do when you spill a drink in your laptop | Ask Jack | Technology | The Guardian

    How To Save Your Laptop from Spills
    If you think you might be infected with malware or have recently cleansed your computer of malware without the help of an expert, please read and follow the instructions in How to Start Removing Viruses and Spyware from your Computer. This can alleviate time consumed in trouble shooting your current computer problems.

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    Hi DonnaB....thank you for the reply, links, and advice. However, between my last post and now, the laptop has come 'back to life'!! Very strange. My only guess is that any moisture from the tea spillage has since dried out. The only thing refusing to work is the mouse pad but I can live with that. I'm just using an external mouse now, problem solved. Thank you again.