I bought an Acer desktop about a year and a half ago but haven't been able to use it for the past six months. My daughter had a glass of Koolaide on the computer desk and spilled it. It flowed towards the back of the desk and then onto the top of the desktop, ultimately down the back of the PC as well. We wiped it off immediately and took it apart right away. I didn't have time obviously to research what you are supposed to do in that situation but there were very small drops of koolaide over various parts of the inside and I used a paper towel to blot up everything I could see. I put it back together and was pleased to see that it worked.
However, it was just temporary. After a couple days it stopped working. I got the red light to come on in the power light but it just didn't start up and I got a "no input" message on the monitor. I took it apart again to see if there was anything I missed. There were a couple of places that felt sticky so I took a soft toothbrush and some water and gently went over the areas that once had koolaid. As I was getting up from my project, I knocked over the small glass of water I was using to clean it, about 2 oz, right into the open computer.
I blotted that up as much as I could, reassembled the PC and to my surprise once more, it worked again! But just like last time, only temporarily. A few days later I got the same response, red light on--no powering up, as before. I have two newer laptops so I just unplugged the unit and gave it up for the time being.
I now am wondering if I should just haul it to the site for garbage computers in our town or if it would be worth lugging to Best Buy's or another repair place. Since I already have two nice laptops I wouldn't want to spend much on fixing it but there are some aspects of a PC I appreciate as opposed to a laptop so if I could get it fixed for little, it might be worth it.
My question is, has anyone had enough experience with this type of damage to a PC to know if it is usually lethal? Does the fact that it worked briefly for a day or two or the fact that it doesn't really start up even though the power button comes on, trigger to anyone what might have been damaged in this accident? It might help me to know what parts could be affected in order to determine whether or not to dump it? Could the spilling the additional water have done her in even though I blotted all of that up?
If it helps to know, the koolaid went in only when it spilled down into the back of the PC. The top had no points of entry to the inside. The koolaid entered through the power and monitor plug in spots in the back as well as the fan.
Thank you in advance to anyone who can provide some direction.