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Spilled on my laptop - think i shorted something out


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#1 confused??

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:13 PM

Sooo, I spilled vinegar on my HP dv9000 laptop :thumbsup:
I didn't realize anything happened until I returned 5 minutes after and found that my computer had turned off
So in my shock, I tried turning it on and all the lights went on and then it turned off and steam/smoke?? came out the sv card hole on the side. Stupidly, I tried turning it on about 2-3 more times and the same thing happened.
Anyways, everything inside appears fine (the spill was mainly under the laptop, not through the keys as most seem to be) except right under the Wireless card there is a little black section that looks like it's burnt - so my question is:

Do you think this is a result of the spill and me turning it on? Is it going to affect my computer - It's only been a few hours, so I don't think it's dry yet, and I'm not turning it on till it is. If it does affect my computer, is it cheap to replace or better to get a new laptop?

PS I have perused other "spill" posts and have carefully removed the hard drive and openings on the back and am currently drying it with a fan on low

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:25 PM

Good luck
Vinegar is acetic acid
It can do more damage then just plain water
I would totally dismantle it and wipe it down, maybe even and a little baking soda to water and dampen a rag
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:50 PM

Thanks for the help, sadly when I gave it to the repair guy, he turned it on and it caught on fire!!
Luckily, I was able to save the hard drive and put it in an external case (yay!)
And the silly thing went out with a bang, so I guess that's better than it just not turning on :thumbsup:

So note to all you who spill on your computers - UNPLUG IT FAST AND LET IT DRY!!!!!! or save the hard drive and run

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:59 PM

The only way that I've even come close to saving a "drowned" laptop was to dismantle it, run it through an electronics cleaning machine that uses only de-ionized water and then put in the drying chamber for 8 to 12 hours at 115 degrees.

Sadly, this doesn't always work as non-deionized water conducts electricity and will almost always short circuits on the motherboard.

The best fix is not to do it in the first place but accidents do happen :thumbsup:

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