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My laptop won't turn on and the battery light is blinking white

I split a small amount of water in my laptop. I dried it out but my battery light is flashing white. I can't find any information about a blinking white light and what it means, Only a solid white light. Please help.

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Hi @deeterbug1977

The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the laptop’s operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion starts immediately and is ongoing until it is completely cleaned away

First do not try to charge or to turn on your laptop and then remove the battery as soon as possible from the laptop to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the laptop and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 99%+ (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. If possible do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain additives and is not as effective. If you do have to use it check the label to verify the amount of IPA. The higher the percentage of IPA the better

Here is a link that describes the process. Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted pcb be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board. Remove the shields that may be covering some components as the water may have got in under there. The ends of any flex cables and their connectors need to be cleaned as well

Hopefully after you have done all this the laptop might possibly work correctly again.

Here are the iFixit Asus Chromebook C523 guides which may be of some help

If this process seems too daunting, take your laptop to a reputable, professional laptop repair service, experienced in liquid damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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Thank you... Do you know what the flashing white battery light means?

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Sorry. I don't know.

All I can assume is that it is a not a normal condition so the water must have done something to affect it.

The battery light turns white and is on solid when the battery's charge is >95% with the charger connected, as you already know.

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Thanks anyways... I'm guessing I'm going to have to buy a new laptop.

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It may be worth saving.

Open up the laptop and have a look, you have nothing to loose if you're contemplating buying a new one and a lot to gain if it is fixable.

At least disconnect the battery so as to give yourself a chance that it can be fixed and not that it's going to get worse by simply leaving it the way it is.


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