Laptop Spill Causes "Blank" Screen With Lines. What Can I Do?

By rob ·
We recently spilled wine on a laptop. We flipped it upside down and after a while had the sense to shut it off. When it was upside down, the monitor was open and hanging over the edge of the table. On power up, everything seems to work except the monitor is messed up. It starts off a bluish color with a blotch (seemingly "inside") in the upper left corner and then slowly turns to mostly black everywhere with a few vertical white lines. We have almost totally dis-assembled and cleaned the laptop and put it back together, but the screen is the same. We stopped short of totally removing the keyboard and other panels inside and I didn't see where the ribbon cable connects to the mother board. It is a relatively new computer and would be worth fixing (If I did it). I am reasonably adept at handling and assembling electronic components. I should also mention that the computer seems to function fine and works with an external monitor. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I should start? Thanks in advance.

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by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Laptop Spill Causes "Blan ...

Since wine can dry to a sticky goo... have you checked the 'lid closed' switch? Make sure it is clean and moving freely. A cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) works well.

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Disassembly required.

by mjd420nova In reply to Laptop Spill Causes "Blan ...

You will need to remove the keyboard and search out the monitor ribbon cable. Clean the connector on both ends and their mating connector on the display element and the mother board. I use Windex multiporpose cleaner and a small brush. Flush with clean water and then a non-residue de-greaser spray to clean all the water off. Let it dry overnight and try again.

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