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nix311hive
04-30-2015, 10:29 PM
Hey all. So I'm a real dolt. I spilled water on my laptop a few weeks ago and the repair place couldn't seem to fix my motherboard.
Its pretty much DOA. They replaced parts already and resoldered and still nothing.
As a last ditch effort to save my 1000 dollar paperweight I was wondering if anyone knew any suggestions or websites for asus
motherboards for sale. I've tried looking up online but alot of stuff is used because I have a 4 year old laptop. NEW is pretty damn expensive
I might as well just save and get a new one. I just want to do anything I can to save this if possible. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

R4nd0mh3r0
05-02-2015, 09:58 PM
Why not try the old oven trick - 8 minutes at 190 celsius, that should reflow most circuit boards.
If that fails, aliexpress or alipay is probably the best page to look for cheapest parts.

C4RN1
05-03-2015, 01:57 AM
Wow, that's a really bad idea to be sticking a motherboard in the oven that you cook food in.

Follow R4nd0m's advice if you want to poison yourself and contaminate your oven. If you have a heatgun laying around you can try to dry out the motherboard, but depending on how long ago the spill occurred you might already have corrosion on the board. Keep in mind that the capacitors on the motherboard are heat sensitive and can explode if they get too hot. If you brought it into a computer shop that had the right equipment (here's what I had (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r217/Carnifreekshow/IMAG0655.jpg)), you could probably have them look it over and dry it out for you, but it probably has some fried chips from the water spill.

Anyway...

The best solution would be to buy another motherboard.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-G73SW-Intel-Motherboard-90R-N3IMB1000Y-60-N3IMB1000-C08-Tested-Free-Shiping-/291404486307?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43d90f96a3

This way you have a 60 day warranty and you know there isn't previous liquid damage on the board. You might also have to replace the video card or the keyboard, depending on where the water was spilled.

Good luck with the repair. Let us know know how it turns out.

R4nd0mh3r0
05-03-2015, 08:53 PM
http://www.computerrepairtips.net/how-to-reflow-a-laptop-motherboard/
http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/going-to-bake-motherboard-in-oven.725428/
http://www.tomsguide.com/forum/67319-35-anybody-oven-baked-motherboard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFCFiSB2Fuk
http://www.reddit.com/r/techsupportmacgyver/comments/1zk842/reflowing_a_motherboard_in_the_oven/

Using household oven to reflow is pretty common method to try when everything else has failed. 8-10 minutes doesn't really "poison" or "contamine" your oven if you do it right. I'm just trying to help, sorry if you got offended.

C4RN1
05-04-2015, 12:42 AM
Regardless of all the research you've done on the subject it's a bad idea to stick a motherboard in the oven. I ran a computer store for 4+ years and did reflows/reballing with specialized bga solder rework equipment. It's a fact that fumes coming from the motherboard are hazardous to your health. Even if you have the correct equipment you need ventilation for the fumes. Trapping the fumes in a oven will coat the inside walls so when you decide to cook food, the residue will heat up again and the particles will move around the oven and eventually will come in contact with your food.

I'm sorry if I sound harsh, though these ideas are the ones that make people sick, not to mention can cause irreversible damage to the motherboard. If you've ever heard of "the towel trick (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=the%20towel%20trick)" to fix xbox 360's, putting a motherboard in the oven is on the same level. If there was someone who knew what they were talking about and spoke up when a user posted that they were going to wrap their xbox in a towel and turn it on to bake itself for 15 mins, we wouldn't have had the major issues and all the hackjob youtube "fixes" that little kids came up with to fix their rrod xbox 360's.

R4nd0mh3r0 i'm not offended, and I realize you're just trying to help. I just don't want to see bad information being spread. If I can stop it before another person says "hey that seems like a good idea", then we can avoid the consequences for these terrible hackjob fixes.

nix311hive
05-04-2015, 04:11 PM
Update: So I picked up my laptop from the repair center in my town on Friday. Unfort, like I said they weren't able to fix the MB after cleaning it and replacing parts. I looked all weekend at MB's online like the one you listed above because my shop said they would do the install but I'm not sure how much was damaged and if the MB was the only thing that was messed up. I am hesistant to buy something on Ebay because I might need more than just the MB. Laptop does turn on and get power, but screen either stays black or freezes at the ASUS logo. I called ASUS to RMA it even though I am out of warranty. They paid for my shipping and no cost for them to diagnose. I assume though that i will need a new MB and hopefully that is all.