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Spilt my drink in my laptop. Advice?

  1. Jan 22, 2013 #1
    I before i got to turning it off right after i spilt the drink, the fan seemed to boost up to the highest speed in the laptop. Then i took out the battery and havent done anything else. I was just wondering how exactly water ruins a laptop, considering the water will eventually evaporate, right? Is there still hope?
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  3. Jan 22, 2013 #2
    Provided you reemoved all power fast enough there is still hope keep all power removed dry out the laptop. Liquid damage unless it shorts a circuit does not necessarily damage a circuit board right away. if it shorted you should smell a sweet smell. If it didn't then drying it out may work
  4. Jan 22, 2013 #3


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    Sometimes it rusts things. Its good it wasnt pool water with chlorine that how a lot of people lose cell phones.


    I once dropped a soda into my terminal keyboard which is bad but worse is I picked it up to dump out the soda and the soda then got to drip down the shaft of some keys. The end result was a bunch of perpetually sticky keys rendering it unusable


    My spill occurred because my drink was next the the keyboard and when I went to answer the phone and standup at the same time the phone cord snapped straight, hit the drink and puff the keyboard got soaked.
  5. Jan 22, 2013 #4

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    try a rinse with distilled water - after removing the battery.

    Then dry it in a warm place overnight.

    good luck.
  6. Jan 22, 2013 #5
    Actually I would recommend isopropynal alcohol. Most laptops have removable keys that you can pop. Temove the keys. Underneath you will see a row columm strip with graphite pads take the alcohol and pour a bit on a lint free cloth. Clean the pafs and remove any coffee film liquid.
  7. Jan 22, 2013 #6


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    Use good hot soapy water and get the board & components warm/~hot (hot components evaporate the water faster) followed by jim hardy's distilled water rinse (don't wont to leave conductive impurities) then set aside to dry.
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    You probably meant isopropyl alcohol, right?... :smile:


  9. Jan 22, 2013 #8
    Yeah thats the one lol
  10. Jan 23, 2013 #9
    I once spilled a Pepsi on a keyboard. I immediately grabbed it and put it under the cold water tap in the bathtub. After thoroughly washing it for about 10 minutes I washed it with distilled water. A couple of days later when I thought it was totally dry, I tried it. It didn't work and it never worked again. Good luck. Maybe one of the other solutions will work.
  11. Jan 23, 2013 #10


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    So how did the OP Lundyjp make out? Did the computer survive our advice?
  12. Jan 24, 2013 #11


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    It's always a good idea to remove the battery from any device that gets a soaking, asap.
  13. Jan 24, 2013 #12


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    Some keyboards have a moisture barrier that can prevent water from penetrating to the rest of the circuitry. For example, my Samsung notebook has such a barrier and it has survived splashes of salt water. Their protection against spills is not absolute, but better than no barrier.

    Look for such a barrier the next time you shop for a computer.
  14. Feb 2, 2013 #13
    Hey sorry just looked at the thread again. My laptop is working perfectly fine now. I just pulled out the motherboard(where i expected the most liquid to be) and i wiped it down with alcohol and a microfiber cloth. I saw an area that had a little more dried soda so i gave it a little extra cleaning. Everything's perfect now. Thanks guys
  15. Feb 2, 2013 #14


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    For those who have not had much PC experience, please understand that spilling liquids on a keyboard is not a disaster. Rinse the KB thoroughly and let it dry and it will be fine. Spilling liquids on a laptop can be a real problem, because there is a lot of circuitry under that keyboard, and you can't just flush everything with warm water and expect it all to work out.

    When I was the IT guy for a large ophthalmic practice, I would scold the clerks/secretaries when they would spill coffee/soda etc on their keyboards. I could easily rinse them off and dry them, but I would punish them by giving them a replacement keyboard that they would dislike. "No beverages on the desk" predated me, but it was widely ignored.
  16. Feb 3, 2013 #15
    Glad everything worked out.
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