I spilt a drink on the desk with my laptop today, and pulled the machine off just as it touched the side with the fan. The contact couldn't have been more than a second. There was also a little bit that splashed on the keyboard. Moments later, I saw the light go off and since then it hasn't powered up once. The battery is fully charged and its plugged in, so it's definitely not a source problem.
I'm not sure what would cause this to happen, as I'm very careful (usually) and it was only the minimal amount of liquid that made contact with the fan area. Basically, what I want to ask is could this minor spill have caused the entire thing to stop powering? It's an IBM Thinkpad series.
Thanks for any help you can give me, and I can answer any follow-up questions.