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Water On Laptop Keyboard


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#1 Psyrn

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 10:07 PM

Spilled water on laptop keyboard. UGH. I dabbed up with paper towel. 1/2 the keys dont work anymore... If i buy a replacment keyboard, does that fix the problem or will the water have affected the metal contacts the keys push down

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:01 PM

Make sure you're not using the laptop,... at all.

Turn it upside down, shake out whatever you can, and after that, leave it open, upside down for at least 24-48 hours.

DO NOT USE IT BEFORE THEN!

If it's only water that was spilled in it, the electronic contacts should be protected by a rosin core, a protection that will resist water so that contacts don't shorten out.

Just follow the above and you should be fine.

DO NOT speed up the process by using hair dryers or similar.

If you have a fan, you can lay it on milk crates, then put milk crates on the fan, and then put the laptop on the milk crate, and the fan will help to dry it out quicker.

Even still, DO NOT USE IT BEFORE 24-24 HRS!

Not to make you feel any worse than what you feel, but I hope that taught you a lesson. You have to be careful around your computer, and it won't show any mercy on you when you violate that. I spilled kool-aid on one of my keyboards once before, in 18 years,...... but never again. I've learned, although my keyboard still worked afterwards, the keys were sticking, so I had to remove all of my key and clean them out that way.

You live, and you learn..... but you'll be fine. Just follow the above and you should be smiling in a day or so.

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:37 AM

Generally the water won't affect anything else - but that depends on how much water it was and if the system was running when it was spilled.

As Walkman has stated, turn it upside down and let it dry out - then try it and see. You should be able to tell if it's working OK by it's behavior. If it seems to be only the keys, you can usually purchase a keyboard from the laptop manufacturer for under $100 (US).
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