I recently spilled red wine onto the keyboard of my brand new Dell Inspiron 1525. I switched off as quick as I could and left to dry but as you could imagine it didn't apprecaite it and would not turn back on afterwards. I left it for a week and tried again and low and behold it fired into Vista first time.
I sent it off to be looked at and the motherboard was cleaned up. Everything was working apart from the keyboard and trackpad. With a USB keyboard and mouse it was useable. It now however regularly refuses to boot up. It will boot up at about one attempt in 20.
When it fails to boot it does not reach POST. The multimedia touch control lights do their little flicker thing, the hard drive light flickers for a second or two, the DVD drive flickers, and then nothing. There are no bleeps and a just a blank screen. No lights on the USB keyboard. The power light remains on and I have to power down with the on/off switch to try and reboot. Sometimes I have to remove the battery to power down.
When it does boot up it goes straight into Vista as if there isnt a problem. It works perfectly, software and hardware (apart from the keyboard / trackpad), although the WiFi seems to drop out after about 30 mins.
One time I got the message "Manufacturing Mode - Level 67, Press Fn-X" but as the laptop keyboard is dead I cannot use the Function keys so had to re boot again.
Any ideas. I am hoping that because the fault is intermittent that it is not too serious. Here's hoping !
Thanks in advance for any help.