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Q: Coffee spill on laptop...

Yesterday I spilled about a cup of coffee with milk (no sugar) on my Pavilion DV6. The spill was directly on the keyboard. My laptop I'm guessing short circuited by itself too quickly for me to turn it off first. I'm not very good with hardware and whatnot so I'm not sure if my laptop short circuited but about two seconds after the spill the screen and all lights died so for now I'm assuming that was a short circuit.

I immediately removed the battery and tried my best to tilt my laptop in a way that would get as much of the excess liquid out as I could. After, I used a hair dryer's cold setting on the laptop for a few minutes.

I then (now I realize, stupidly) tried putting the battery back in and immediately pulled it out again upon hearing ominous soft popping noises from below the keyboard.

I left the laptop to dry with a fan overnight and took it apart this morning. I took off the back "ProtectSmart" cover, the keyboard, and the CD drive to clean under them with rubbing alcohol as best as I could.

After leaving it to dry for a few minute I tried putting the battery back in. This time I heard no noises and am unsure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...when I plug in the charger the battery light flickers for a half second then dies out and after I pull the charger out the light comes back on for about two seconds then dies out. My laptop did not boot up so I tried the holding the power button down with the battery out trick but it still does not show any signs of life other than that strange battery light flicker.

Again, since I'm pretty inexperienced with hardware I can't tell if any parts are burnt out or severely short circuited but when I took it apart nothing seemed obviously damaged. Other than dried remnants I cleaned off with alcohol I didn't see too much coffee either.

Is my laptop salvageable? If so, what should my next move be?

A: Coffee spill on laptop...

Likely not. If it's a newer model, you can try taking/sending it in for service.

Otherwise, I'd pull the HDD (to save your data), and buy a replacement.

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To make a long story short...I spilled a cup of coffee on my dresser were my laptop sits. It went underneath and a tiny bit on the keyboard. I cleaned it off the best I could and continued using my pc. After about half an hour it just shut off, when i finally got it to reboot and try to put my password in, sometimes it logs 2-4 of the same letters even though I only press the button once. Other times it tried logging in while I'm still typing. Any suggestions on what I could do to try and fix this? ...Hairdry it, take it apart? My friend said I should clean the keyboard by disassembling the laptop but I'm not quite sure how to do that...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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A friend gave me her HP Pavilion dv6-6c35dx Entertainment PC after she happened to spill a small amount of coffee on the keyboard. I'm not sure what steps she took but it will not display anything on the screen now.

Since it was only 6 months old she sent it to HP and they notified her that liquid spills were not covered so she asked them to return it.

When you power up, the lights come on the keypad, the power light is showing, the hard drive light is lit and you can hear it loading windows (at least I think). I've taken everything out, and put back together but there is still nothing displaying on the screen.

My question is how do I know if it's a keyboard issue, video card issue, motherboard issue, combination or more?

A:Another coffee spill.......what next?

When you spill something in a computer a lot of damage can be caused.Even a small amount of liquid can damage the motherboard.I think it should be taken somewhere to see what was damaged and how bad and if its even worth fixing.

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To make a long story short...I spilled a cup of coffee on my dresser were my laptop sits. It went underneath and a tiny bit on the keyboard. I cleaned it off the best I could and continued using my pc. After about half an hour it just shut off, when i finally got it to reboot and try to put my password in, sometimes it logs 2-4 of the same letters even though I only press the button once. Other times it tried logging in while I'm still typing. Any suggestions on what I could do to try and fix this? ...Hairdry it, take it apart? My friend said I should clean the keyboard by disassembling the laptop but I'm not quite sure how to do that...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

A:Coffee spill

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Good Day, I need assisstanc with fixing my keyboard. I accidently spilled sugary coffee on the keyboard, thereafter a drained all the liquid out of the keyboard and computer. the computer is now working but the keyboard is not working as the keys are sticky.  How do i remove the sugary substatance from the keys without damaging the keyboard. Thank you.

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Hi community! Yesterday, I accidentally spilled coffee (no sugar and only a little bit of milk) in my ThinkPad was plugged in the charger, and as soon as I spilled coffee the computer shut down (the coffee reached the bottom of the screen)I took off the battery and the keyboard, cleaned a bit and now the computer is drying.when I opened there was coffee around but apparently it didn't reach the mother board. I am almost sure it won't turn on again due to the fact it instantly shut down when the coffee touched the keyboard.However, I Hope you can give me more positive views on my computer's situation? Is there any chance to save it?  ThanksNymsai 

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HELP!! My daughter just spilled coffee on her laptop and it doesn't work. What can she do? How can she retrieve her files? She's frantic as she was working on a paper due tomorrow. It's a Dell 500m, if this helps.

A:Spilled coffee on laptop

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Do the new HP Envy 17 inch laptop intel core i7 with 4 GB graphics 1080P have a membrane beneath the keyboard to privent spills from entering the laptop itself.   Any help here would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you

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One of the users at my school discovered on Friday that her laptop had been sitting in a small puddle of coffee for most of the day. The memory slots are on the bottom of the machine (Compaq Presario 1625 laptop).

When I opened the bay, the RAM was wet with coffee and I could see that coffee had gotten through the plastic coat onto the MotherBoard. I took the RAM out and let the machine sit open (to dry out) for the weekend. Is there any hope that I can revive this machine without buying new parts?

I tried to power it up yesterday (after one day of drying) with no luck. I hear a click from the speakers when I plug in the power cord, but the LCD for the power doesn't show any activity, nor will the machine even pretend to power on.

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I spilled something on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 5160). At first it would only turn on for half a second now the computer turns on (green lights on and fan is on), but there is no display and no sound (such as a beep or the windows chime).


A:Spill on laptop

Take it to a repair shop and let them give you a price estimate. The diagnosis work will probably be sth like $100-$200

Assuming that miracles don't happen.. At minimum you will need to have the motherboard replaced. In additon, keyboard, power supply, hard drive, battery, pretty much anything that could have been shorted out or corroded. You are probably looking at a repair cost of $500-$1000

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I saw that there's a similar post about water below, but since this is coffee (awful, awful coffee), I thought it would bear asking again.

I got a call from my girlfriend today -- she spilled coffee on the keyboard of an Acer Aspire 1300. It worked for a couple of minutes as she started to clean up the mess, but when she picked up the laptop, it turned off. Hopefully it's because she tripped the power cord and it didn't just short out.

Not knowing to power-down, she tried to power on the laptop. The indicator lights all came on and there was a whirring noise (either the fan or the hard drive, not sure), but no start up. That's when she called me and I told her to unplug everything.

So, she unplugged everything, cleaned up what she could find on the keyboard, took the battery out (no liquid in there) and used a hair dryer to try and get rid of some of the moisture. The CD drive was open a bit, so there's a chance something got in there.

No repair shops in town are open (it being a Sunday, and tomorrow being a holiday). I'm looking for advice to give them: is there anything else that can be done for now? The Acer laptops don't have easily removable keyboards (so no cleaning under there), but the keyboard looks pretty well-fit (meaning that maybe the coffee didn't get down there).

I suggested they leave it until tomorrow afternoon, and try powering it up again then. Is there anything else that can be done in the meantime? Should th... Read more

A:Not water, but *coffee* on Acer laptop

well if you are good with computers i would say take the laptop apart and check to see if there is coffee in there. but if your sure i would wait some time for it to dry and then try and turn it on. sounds like there maybe be an issue with something. good luck.

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HiI spilled my coffee on my keyboard. I made all the appropriate steps and i would like to know if it can be fixed by warranty.. I bought it only a month ago.

A:Spilled my coffee on my laptop's keyboard

Broom97 wrote:HiI spilled my coffee on my keyboard. I made all the appropriate steps and i would like to know if it can be fixed by warranty.. I bought it only a month ago.Hi, Your option is either send it to a local tech shop or send it to HP. Problem is water spillage including coffee is not covered by hardware warranty. IF you decided to send it for repair to HP, MAKE SURE TO TELL THEM IT IS A COFFEE SPILLAGE so it will be tagged properly. My friend back then sent his computer for repair because of coffee spillage. After a couple of days HP repair sent it back to him with a tag stating that the package is contagious. He then found out that HP repair center thought it was a urine spillage and sent it back (For hazardouz precautions not knowing that it is indeed a coffee spillage) Note: Coffee spill could smell like a urine in the long period of time.

"Education costs money; so does Ignorance"If my post has helped you, click the Kudos Thumbs up!If it solved your issue, Click the "Accept as Solution" button so others can benefit from the question you asked!

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Hello everyone, i have a laptop that sucked up some water through the bottom. Not sure how much got up in there, but now there is no power. No power with just battery or just AC. Push the power button and nothing happens. I removed the Ram Hard drive and battery and let sit for a few days and still nothing. Did the motherboard just fry or possibly the CPU? Its a HP Omnibook xe4600. Thank You.

A:Water Spill with Laptop

not even the bios came on. nothing. flatline. to me that says, fried mobo. that thing is dead mate. if i were you, i'd get a new mobo and see if the other parts are still working. and if you can't determine that, or do it easily, then ask a professional to test the processor and the graphics chip and other parts. if they still work, you can save some money and just get a new mobo hopefully.'re kinda screwed.

by the way...if you can, try to avoid hp. they are seriously going down in terms of quality and warranty support. gateway, lenovo, acer, and a few other brands are now the way to go.

but that's a side note...yeah...get a new motherboard first. sorry about that...not exactly a very pleasant thing to have happen to you, let alone to have someone tell you what you feared most....i wish you the best.

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Sorry if this is in the wrong section, I wasn't sure what section to put it in.
I've just recently spilled water on my laptop keyboard. It wasn't a lot and I instantly got paper towels to help clear it up after I quickly turned the power off.
I made sure to keep cleaning with the towel and pressing on the keys gently to put more water out for it to be absorbed.
It's turned on fine, and so far I've not noticed any keyboard issues.
Will my laptop be fine, or should I do something else just to make sure?
The water mostly spilled on part of the speaker, the power button, and a few of the keys. There's no water anymore and everything feels dry, and like I said it was a small amount of water.

A:Laptop water spill

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Hi!I spilled juice on my desk and the juice traveled to the bottom left of my laptop where the vents are. I powered it off immediately and unplugged it. The battery was not attached to the laptop at that time. After wiping away the liquid on the case with tissue and a bit of isopropyl alcohol, I opened up the bottom and inspected to see if there was any leakage. There was no liquid found inside the laptop. To be sure, It's now drying in front of a fan. Any recommendations or advice to possibly salvage my laptop?

A:Liquid spill under laptop

Katara93 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about liquid spilled on your laptop and wanted to help. Best thing to do right now is NOT turn on the laptop.Here are some steps you should take:  You Just Spilled Water Or Coffee On Your Laptop - Here's What You Should DoGood Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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Earlier this morning dr.pepper spilled all over my laptop. AT first it was fine ( should have turned it off immediately) but then the screen went black and eventually the power went off. Since then I have taken everything out, dried all parts, and tried to turn it back on. The power is now on but the screen is completely black. I noticed when i took the keyboard apart there was a wire coming out from the screen thats not connected to anything. Not sure if thats a problem, but im just putting it out there. Please give solutions on how to fix it! Obviously if it can go on its not completely fried

A:Laptop and Dr.Pepper spill

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Well,as I have decided not to kill myself, yet, here is what happened. I accidentally spilled hot chocolate milk on my laptop keyboard. Toshiba satellite A505 S6981

I didn't know at that time, one week ago,that I had to take the battery out..I just took the ac power off...instead I did it like 4 hours after, in the meantime I put the laptop on a side in order to let the most quantity of liquid outside the laptop.

Then I dissasembled and clean it with isopropilic alcohol, and let it dry open for several hours. After that I reassembled, it boots but sometimes said :battery disconected, a few minutes after, battery showed 100 percent full, and then battery disconected again.
So I turn it down, and try to boot...and never went on again. It shows two system icon lights (outside) the power light and the battery light, both on and white. But it wont boot.

When I disassembled it I looked for the cmos battery and I realized it is one of those soldered ones.....urggg

What I wanted to do was to change the cmos and see if it by doing that the pc boot again. I don't know. I am lost, and have no money to take it to a repair center.

What would you do? Should I consider it dead or do I have some hope?.......thanks

A:Laptop died after milk spill...please help...

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Can I get a tool that plugs into a USB port for sound?

A:Liquid spill on laptop now sound is gone

Hi, There are many USB-Sound adapters around, such as: Regards.

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I accidentally spilled water on my laptop with Windows 7. Is it salvageable?

A:Windows 7 laptop - water spill

Turn it upside down, take out the battery, disconnect any peripherals and/or cables, and open it up.

Leave it this way for 48 hours.

After the 48 hours, plug in the charger cable and try to boot the machine up.

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My grandson spilled a glass of milk on the keyboard of his laptop. I had him turn it upside down and remove the battery. He left it sitting this way for a couple weeks. That was about a month ago and so far, it seems to be working fine. I'm wondering if there is anything I should do to try to clean out any dried milk?

Thanks for any advice.


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So I spilled coffee on my laptop, over the keyboard. I turned it off immediately, took out the power, but stupidly left the battery in. I wiped it dry, left it a couple of hours, then tried turning it on. It started for a second then turned off again. Yes I now realise what a idiot I am for doing this.

So I opened it up, cleared out all the excess coffee. I had only spilled the coffee on the left hand side of the keyboard, and directly underneath this area is the the fan which didn't seem to have any residue on it, and the power board assembly. The motherboard was on the otherside of the laptop and free from harm.

So having cleaned it out as much as possible and let it dry out for days, I try turning it on and it won't even start up. I'm thinking that I may have messed up by turning it on after only a few hours, and with pic related being directly underneath and probably covered in coffee, it short circuited and ruined it.

My question is does this mean the entire motherboard and electrical components of the laptop are defective? Bearing in mind no coffee was spilled on the motherboard. Or might it mean only this particular component, the power board/switch assembly which connects the power button to the motherboard, is broken? Will replacing this part alone be enough to salvage my laptop?

A:Spilled coffee on laptop, question about replacement parts

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy
2. As you say - easy to do but a rather expensive cup of coffee
3. Such a problem is I am sorry to say impossible to solve - in an online situation - the only advise that I can offer is
If you are not technically knowledgeable enough to dismantle the laptop and check circuits with a meter - not of course with power connected - then it is a lost cause until you evaluate the cost effectiveness of paying for a computer repair business to evaluate it.
Coffee - water is of course a conductor and will effectively short live to earth - anything could have gone.
SORRY but a real and effective analysis will require professional test equipment and IMHO depending on local rates - you are talking about something in the order of 30 just to tell you it is a lost cause.
Unless it is a valuable - newish laptop I would think your best is to take out the HDD and see if that is a run connected to another computer in an enclosure or docking station

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Hi everyone, I think I'm out of luck here. Let me explain what happened in detail.

I have a laptop which model is pretty similar to the MSI GT80 Titan, except it's sold and built by CyberPower PC. And no, they aren't the problem. I was playing a game two days ago and I spilled Kool-aid over my keyboard. It mainly hit the leftmost side, so naturally I didn't really panic because I thought that the keyboard (because it's mechanical) wouldn't be able to get into the components. I kept playing after the spill but then I decided I should do something, so I wiped it off and took it apart.

I cleaned it all up, and nothing managed to get into the core components. I wait a day, boot, and the keyboard is a bit broken. I grab a blow dryer and I revive it apart from sticky keys. So, I use the straw method to fix them, but in the process I may have shorted out the red LED strip above the keyboard. No big deal, right? I guess not. Another day passes, today, and I notice the escape key is still sticky so I perform the straw method again. I dry it via blow dryer, take off the back cover, blow dry that for a while, and then proceed to unscrew the whole bottom cover to expose some of the keyboard to check for more damage. In the process I pull up near the battery, it moves up, but that's no surprise, because it sits on a metal frame that holds it up. So I inspect the keyboard, it looks fine, and I screw everything back together.

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My wife spilled half a glass of water on the laptop Toshiba 7020ct.
she cleaned it up.

after this incident the keys are typing the wrong letters for eg. if i
type H i get G and some times two or more letters for the same key.

She says she has pressed the keys vigorously during the cleaning i was
wondering if she activated some key or compressed some key which is
causing the problem.

i cleaned the keys by removing the keys but it did not help

I noticed some thing else when i switch on the computer it gives me a
message saying update EC / KBC . Where can i find this and how do i

I can use external keyboard and mouse with out any problem.

I am a computer illiterate please help

thanks in advance


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A:Water spill on laptop - keyboard problem

Go here and see if this will help ya out.

Good luck.

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Sorry if I didn't post on the right section.

So basically I spilled liquid on my laptop keyboard and now it doesn't work anymore.
I turned it upside down for a while, I blow dried it and yeah at first it worked but after like... 2 minutes it stopped working forever! Guess the liquid short circuited the keyboard.

Should I just send my laptop in to some store and get it fixed?
Or should I remove the keys (which sounds really complicate and a delicate work)
Maybe I should uninstall the keyboard driver and re install in?

For more info I'm using a COMPAQ Presario v6000

***P.S: The weirdest thing is that when I open my laptop, it makes a loud beeping noise and then I kinda freezes on the startup screen (shows COMPAQ, and tells you to press ESC for config)
So I press ESC hoping it works and yeah it does. I press ESC again and windows starts up.
-> Does it mean that only the ESC button on my keyboard work?

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I spilled about half a cup of water on my laptop keyboard. Immediately unplugged, soaked up visible water with towel, propped laptop upside down to let the water drain out. At first, in my frantic state of mind, I thought I should leave the battery in to keep the fans running and blow evaporated moisture out. Read an article that said I should take out the battery, turned around, and saw that the screen had gone black. I took the battery out. I now have it propped upside-down with fans blowing on it from above and below.

I've read some articles, but they just tell me what to do right away. What I really want to know is, assuming I get it all dried out, what are the odds that the laptop will be okay? I mean, it's just water, not coffee or soda or anything.

UPDATE: Just checked the ingredients on another bottle of the same water. Purified water, calcium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate. Hopefully residual calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate will not destroy my computer over time.

A:Chances of a Laptop Recovering from Water Spill?

I think the odds are pretty good. Just let it dry naturally for a few days.

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I have the Acer Aspire E15, and recently I spilled milk over the keyboard and some keys don't work, including the powerbutton, aka the only power button on the whole laptop, is there a way to turn it on without it, or atleast a quick way to fix it, or long way either is fine I just want to turn it on.

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i spilled a glass of wine on my dell xps. i seemed to have done all of the right steps by shutting it off, removing battery, cleaning keyboard externally but then i noticed some keys were still sticking so i took it apart, with manual carefully, and there was only a wee bit of spots on the keyboard internally so cleaned with alcohol. all seemed well but when i reassembled the monitor isn't working. i can hear that it is starting up and working properly but the monitor is black. i was very careful with the cables, i didn't remove them or anything...does anyone know what could be happening?


A:Saved laptop from spill but after taking apart monitor not working?

The LCD requires two cables, one for power, and the other the display connector.

It is likely the display cable which is probably ribbbon style, has come out of the back of the LCD's circuit connector block.

Either that, or one of the inverter leads has been slightly pulled out of the connector block and isn't making proper contact.

My advice would be to strip the display surround off, and remove the plastic trim running across the top of the keyboard and then check all the connections and with it in pieces, run it up again.

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I spill water on my laptop earlier it showes automatic repair preparing, and its restating again againwhat could be the problem can i do it myself or i need to go to shop?

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I wanted to "give back" and try and help someone else after getting so much good advice from this forum.

Last Saturday night I was working on my Acer 7750 laptop that I got back in April, I was on Facebook and just waiting for a pizza to be delivered, I had a full solo cup filled with Diet Coke and a good amount of ice sitting a bit further back from my laptop, but next to it, when suddenly I thought I heard a car door slam, and knowing that I have to put my dog away before I answer the door, I jumped up quickly and my hand hit the glass of diet coke, and suddenly before my eyes diet coke was flooding the center of my keyboard, I grabbed my laptop up quick, unplugged the adapter, and flung the pop off my laptop, grabbed paper towels and started blotting up the evil liquid. I got it as dry as I could and then shut the lid of the laptop, and placed the laptop on a chair since the pizza man was knocking on the door, neglecting to take out the battery. I was very upset figuring I just killed it, there was enough pop on the keys to believe it plus several years ago I had killed my hubby's laptop with the same substance and it immediately died.

As soon as I paid the pizza guy, I grabbed the laptop and I tried to type something and it was working fine. I STILL did not remove the battery, just shut it off!! I wrongly thought I was out of the woods so I happily ate pizza. About a half hour later I went back to my laptop and to my horror my keyboard was now typing gib... Read more

A:Solved: My Acer 7750 Laptop SURVIVED a Diet Coke Spill

If you ever do it again take the battery out and quickly swill the keyboard with a little distilled water to wash the sticky coke away, Clean distilled water will not usually harm electronics providing there is no power until it has completely dried out.

Sticky drinks will leave stuff behind when they dry out so it is better to swill them out with (even) clean rainwater if you haven't got distilled water

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Apparently, the nice white keyboards for the G5's don't like coffee! Yes, I managed to spill coffee, with cream and sugar, on the lower left corner of the keyboard! The keys work but after I typing any 2 letters the "q" sticks and is unstoppable until I hit the Delete key. I can back up to her I started: as soon as I start typing the process picks up where I stopped it: what can do to in sure the the keys are clean and not sticking, any suggestions?


A:Keyboards and coffee

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okay, so i am pretty darn annnoyed with myself for this but like the saying goes shit happens! (excuse my language) so i spilt a little bit of coffee on my keyboard 2 nights ago and yesterday the laptop was fine, howevere as the day progressed on i turned back on my laptop to find that all the keys had messed up now my keyboard works but on a couple of the letters it comes up with more than one letter...especially shift it comes up with a different number :S i was thinking maybe take out the keyboard and cleaning it, but how that is done i havent a clue haha. i have a sony vaio its model name i think is vpcee3eoe i got it not more than a month ago and ive already mucked it up, i am usint a different keyboard right now and i dont want to do that anymore. does the coffee go aay after a while or will iit be sticky forever? the computer is running fine just need a keyboard clean. anyone know how to take out the keyboard to clean it?

A:coffee on a keyboard

Try this and cross fingers
I spilled water into my laptop, how do I get it working again?

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My wife spilled coffee on the computer. In the few days since, she said it's been shutting down by itself. Last night was the first chance I had to take a look at it.

OS: Windows 7
Power Supply: Ultra X-Finity PSU
Motherboard: Mach Speed Matrix P4M800

- Turned computer on, and it prompted to go into Repair mode. Appeared to finish, then suddenly the machine shut off.
- I unplugged everything and opened case. None of the liquid appeared to have reached any of the electronics, just the case and cords (all dry by this time). I cleaned the case and cords, checking the plugs for any contamination. Any contact only appeared to be to cords, not plugs, and not to any electronics.
- Plugged keyboard, monitor, and power cord in and started computer. Received message that CMOS didn't have time or date. Entered CMOS, fixed both, saved and exited. Windows 7 then loaded normally. I was able to log into the main admin profile. Ran all diagnostics I could find. Everything appeared to be working normally, including getting online. The machine was on for 20 minutes without problem.
- Turned off and unplugged all cords, then reassembled case and plugged all cords back in.
- Turned machine on. Immediately there were two quick beeps, followed by five short beeps and the smell of burning rubber. Quickly turned machine off.
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A:Coffee & Computer = Bad Mix

grendel25 said:

Somehow, I've got a bad feeling about this.Click to expand...

I'd agree with that. If there is only one bad component it may be possible to just replace that part, but the trouble with liquids is they have a knack for getting all over the place, and you'll probably wind up having to replace the machine. What you can probably do is to remove the hard drive from the damaged computer and put it in the new one. That way you'd at least keep your data.

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Hello, 4 days ago I spilled coffee on my notebook and yesterday my notebook stopped working! When I turn it on the included image appears! I sent about 10 text messages to that number but, but no redeem code was sent to me!
Please Help!

A:Coffee malware

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How can I control and device control relating to me on the network during computer programs and it is Alra?asa?
Note that I used the router for cafe

A:Help for the owners of coffee shops???

i'm sorry, but i don't understand your question.

you have a coffee shop and what do you want to do?

and what is 'Alra?asa'?

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I think I may have a virus on my computer, as the cd dvd drive is acting like it is possessed! The tray goes in and out all the time, and of course it is unusable.

Below the the HJ report:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 15:40:17, on 12/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16876)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaantmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PifSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ulead Systems\DVD\ULCDRSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\Intel(R) Quick Resume Technology\ELService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaanotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avmailc.exe
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A:coffee cup tray virus?

Looks like you guys are really busy.

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Yep, I really did it. A full mug of steaming black coffee with sugar! Not the smartest thing I have ever done
I immediately turned the keyboard up-side-down and shook it then hit the kill button on my UPS, then put the keyboard, still up-side-down, in front of the fire and left it there three hours.
When I tried it the next day it still worked, but now some days later keys are beginning to stick and some keys have a different feel.
Is it possible to take it apart and clean the sugar deposit I must have left behind? Or maybe there is something else I can pour in to clean it?
Last resort, of course.... buy a new one.
Any suggestions?

A:Solved: HELP! Coffee in keyboard!

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Hey, I'm going to shy away from putting in too many hardware specs at first. Suffice it to say I built my own computer. Last October it quit working and after much troubleshooting I replaced the motherboard. It works fine, mostly. Here's a snapshot of what I'm running. I'm using a GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H board with 4 GB of ram and an AMD Phenom II X2 550 processor clocked at 3.10 GHz, never been overclocked. I'm running Windows 7 64-bit. Here's what's going on.
Here's what's going on. I turn my machine off at nights. First thing in the morning I start her up and check my news and stuff. Every morning after being up for about 5 minutes the computer will shut off like it lost power and automatically begin restarting. It does this like 2-3 times and then it will literally run ALL DAY with no problems. Do I need to give it coffee?
Here's my suspicions. I know it's not the PSU because I have a brand new spare and the computer shuts down with either one installed. My prime suspects are 1) thermal grease applied incorrectly, 2) cpu cooling fan failing, 3) electrical wiring in home maybe causing fluctuations (I would need a battery backup that would smooth out the electric flow). The reason I question the thermal grease is because I've reapplied it 3 times already and whenever I do that, the computer stops shutting down like this for awhile. Since October when I installed the new board, the computer has gradually been shutting down like this more and more. ... Read more

A:PC crashes in the morning...needs coffee?

Are there any BSODs?

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Hi i am having trouble deleting morning coffee. I didn't know how it got there. I researched it and viruses can get in please help me!

A:deleting morning coffee

try opening the Addons menu from the Firefox toolbar .. look for Morning Coffee and see if there is an uninstall button.
Otherwise check in Windows add / remove programs for an uninstall button.

It's basically just an addin or extension to firefox .. as to how secure it is, I just don't know.

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I accidentally spilled coffee on my Macbook recently. I used a hairdryer to dry the keyboard and then removed the back cover and dried everything.
When I start it up now, it goes to the password page, but doesn't recognise my password, which I know is correct. Some of the keys don't work and the delete key also turns up the volume.
I put the original install disk in to try and get into the computer and transfer all of my details, but it doesn't load.
Is there anything I can do to get my data from it?

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Hi everyone
I couldn't believe my coffee had spilled out unto my trusty Fuji 2650. It was soaked. I slowly turned it around and around letting coffee run out of it. Then I hung it in the center of a large cardboard box with a small light bulb heating the air to about 20 degrees above room temp for a about 10 days to dryout. Hopeing that all remaining liquid had dried up, I then popped batteries in it and..... Wow, it works. ( At least in most normal functions)
The only big problem is the lens looks like a very very dirty windshield in my car.
So what do most use for cleaning. No camera store within 50 miles. How about Q-tips and distilled water? I searched this camera topic but only came up with 3 posts in which factory supplyed cleaning fluid was mentioned. Isn't distilled water as safe as anything else? I hope... I can't be the only dummie who got a camera soaked?
Thanks all. agpilot

A:Clean coffee from lens??

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 When 'Start' the computer does not come on. Removed battery, removed the AC conection-  On 'Start' got a test table. Once shut down, cannot resart.  

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I just reinstaled my XP operating system and it came pre installed with microsoft office. When i open it, it wants a product key. the product key is still on the back of the laptop, but it won't accept that product key. What shuold I do now?

A:Solved: Microsoft office needs coffee

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Java. I'm not tech.savvy enough to understand exactly what Java does or how it does it. However, it is on my computer and I wonder:

1) do I need it

2) what risks does it pose

for instance, I saw this statement on threat:
"...The best advice for users right now is to disable Java entirely as soon as possible."

So I would welcome expert comments on this topic, including what I would miss if Java was disabled.

A:Java - nice coffee but what about on computers

Unfortunately, the term Java is used to refer to:
as well as Java (the programing language)
as well as Java (the virtual machine)
as well as Java (the software platform).

JavaScript poses some danger - so people use a browser like Firefox and an add-on like NoScript that allows them to select which websites they wish to trust to run JavaScript on. (At least I hope I got that info right, I've no personal experience with NoScript.)

It is the virtual machine that you should decide about. The blackhats have found many flaws in the way it runs and have been able to do some pretty nasty stuff to your computer without you ever clicking ok to anything.

My suggestion it to uninstall the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) (may show up as "Java [TM] 7 Update 5") and see if you come across any websites that you normally frequent that tell you that you must re-install it. Then you can decide if it is worth the risk.

Some say that having JRE installed is safe as long as you stay away from "bad websites" - but even "good websites" can be compromised by the blackhats.

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I have a HP Notebook N5340 which has just had coffee spilt on the keyboard.

I am wondering if anyone here has a service manual or any experience with dismantling one of these machines.

The whole machine needs to be dismantled and cleaned as there was sugar in the coffee as well.

I have removed all the screws in the base and at the rear where the connectors are and the front of the case is separating, but the back of the case where the display is located is still firmly held together. There seems to be some screws (on the top of the case) under the bottom edge of the tft display, but I will need a very special screw driver to get these out, as the gap between the display and case is very narrow.

I am not sure how to remove the keyboard either.

If any one here has any experience servicing a HP Pavilion N5000 series notebook, or has a service manual for same, I would really appreciate your reply.

John Hannaford.

A:Coffee spilt on Pavilion N5340 ##**!!!#!

Hi aussieland,and welcome to TSG.See if this site will help.

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there is a coffee icon in my monitor. . . .

they say it's a java application...

i dont know how to get rid of this.....

can anybody help me?? . . .



A:Coffee moving icon in monitor

well most of us have java installed because certain websites need it - I looked at a web site yesterday and suddenly the java icon appeared, when I clicked away from the web site the icon disappeared, which is what should happen. Are you saying that you have the icon permanently on display even if, eg, you are not on the web? If so I guess it could be in your start up folder. Click start, run, msconfig and click on the start up tab. If you see something about java and it says (something like) /os boot, take the tick out of the box by it. Then come out of all of that back to the desktop and reboot, and see if the icon still appears. I wouldn't delete the java program off of your computer totally as some web sites do need it, but I can't see that you need it to start with your computer.

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OK so some pages come out too small to read when I'm browsing, but generally they can be enlarged with Control +.

Not so entering queries in to Search: the font is too small and being in the bottom corner of the screen too makes it no easier.

I've set my display etc to a custom setting but that also make no change to Search.

Does a way exist to get a larger font to view?
Is there any method to make search queries and results show in a more convenient and comfortable part of the screen?

I live in what may be hopeless anticipation,

A:Nor coffee either..Windows Search... font

Bottom right of IE page near clock, increase the percentage.

Right click on desktop>personaalize>display

DPI Display Size Settings - Change

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Hey all,
I am a registered user of Coffee Cup gif animator BUT I don't like the latest 7.0 version...
Can anyone help me find the old 6.2 version?

A:Where can I find an OLD version of Coffee Cup Gif Animator

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I just spilled a little coffee on my brand new HYPE wireless keyboard. It was working perfectly before but now the middle letters(y,h,b,g,j) don't respond. And neither does the back space. I wiped it off asap,but sadly it didn't help. I went on my favorite goto for help and the only advice I retrieved was use a blow dryer, or take it apart and clean the inside...but I see no screws on it?? and I'm a lil nervous to use the blow dryer. Please help. I know it would probably be easier to buy another one,but this ones only been used 2 days.Thanks.

A:Please help..I just spilled coffee on my wireless keyboard.

Was it black coffee or did it have cream and/or sugar?
That can make a big difference on how much residue adheres to and dries inside.

Instead of just wiping it off, you should've turned it upside down and gently shaken it and allowed as much coffee as possible to drain out.
Setting the portable hair dryer on its coolest setting and blowing air onto that keyboard while it was upside down may have helped.

You're fortunate it's an external wireless keyboard(which can easily and cheaply be replaced) and not the built-in keyboard of a laptop(which could've been difficult and expensive to repair/replace).


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Hi all...

I don't think my issue is specifically Vista related, but that is the OS that is in use on this system, but if any mods feel it more appropriate in a different forum after reading it, by all means please move it for me!

This is actually for a customer for the company I work for (which we will end up refunding but still want to resolve - so there is no personal gain other than to hopefully get rid of this headache I am getting!)

....Started off with good intentions to get a system running a little nicer and have had some adverse effects that have stumped me so here I am!...I have searched this and many other forums so far with no success so crossing my fingers here!

I would say I will try and keep it short but there is a lot of info I want to put down to help save obvious questions being asked and answered. To start the system in question is a HP Pavillion desktop 6??? series, running Vista x64. Ask if you need anything else.
The main issue is that the system will no longer get on the internet by itself. What I mean by that is, if I uninstall and reinstall the network adapter from Device Manager, it lets me get online, but as soon as I restart the computer it loses that ability. It is connected through a switch and a wireless bridge to a other wireless router. It shows a local connection to the network, which was set to public, but have tried changing to private, just in case, no change. Anyway, all of these components have been power cycled to ensure th... Read more

A:Desperately need help asap! - you may want to graba coffee first!

For starters, remove N360 completely -

NIS/ N360 Removal --

Any other anti-virus, firewalls installed?

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Ok.. today has been one of my worst days.. (Skip this long first paragraph if u wanna just go on to my question)

This morning I spilled water on my keyboard... which went psycho, but became ok after i opened it up and blow dried and nature dried it for hours. Right about the time my keyboard got to work again, I spilled my water on my computer. My pc case has fan on top for better airflow, meaning it has a vent there.. and i happened to spill water there.
Being a dumb person I am, I just went to sleep thinking water will dry itself (computer was off at the time of water spill) instead of cleaning inside. About 4 hours later.. i woke up and turned on the computer. It booted fine.. but when Windows screen came up, I saw weird marks on the screen all over. I quickly turned off the computer and opened it up. I felt my way around and felt that... my graphic card had little bit of water on top of it. (Leadtek 7900GT). I quickly used paper towl to dry it and blow dried it with a cool air. I inserted it back in and booted computer again. Everything ran fine. Having being shocked, I constantly monitored temperatures using CPUFAN and graphic card driver... things seemed fine... until i got the BSOD saying something wrong with win32k.sys

After the BSOD, every time my comp boots, it beeps and doesnt start. I drove to Fry's immediately (which is at least 40 min away) to buy a new graphic card..but it was closed (I arrived at 9:50).

Now I just got back and am thinking about... Read more

A:Water Spill!! help me

Quick Update, I just changed RAM and computer boots. I guess it was the RAM. I just hope it doesn't crush on me with BSOD anytime soon

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Hello, after a water spill (about 2 days ago) most of my key's aren't working. also having problems starting up my laptop. it turns on after a while, but always insists going through system recovery. I ordered a new keyboard, but I'm worried about my laptop still

please excuse the bad grammar/punctuation. I'm using an on-screen keyboard.

A:Water Spill

Well honestly if the laptop itself is still functioning then that is an accomplishment. With the keyboard being bad yea that is going to have to be replaced. If the computer itself constantly wants to go to system recovery, try reverting the system back to an earlier date through system restore to see if that fixes your problems. If not, you may have an issue regarding the motherboard.

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I spilled a few drops of water on my keyboard a few weeks back. I'v waited and the keyboard still doesn't want to work. I also cannot scroll down on pages at all. It worked today for an hour until I pressed the volume button and it stopped working again. What should I do?

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I recently spilled a little water on the back of my laptop (Acer aspire 5755) absent-mindedly......
I removed the battery immediately and kept it upside-down for 2 days and it worked.
does the water-spill actually affect the performance of laptop???

A:Water spill

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I'm kind of embarressed to ask this, but yesterday I spilled some chocolatesauce on my touchpad. Panicing, I held it upside down a bit while wipeing it off and used a toothpick to get the residu from between the buttons at the bottom of the touchpad. it wasn't that bad of a spill and it was only the right key, but since then nothing really happened, except that my right key doesn't 'click' as good anymore. but since it's this like a day and nothing happened, should I still worry that it might somehow affect my computer? I'm asking because I'm a bit paranoid so any news that would calm me down is appreciated

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I spilled sugarfree Dr. Pepper (moron!) on my laptop and now the Control and function keys are malfunctioning (as if they are always "on" and the F10 key sometimes displays the "on" light and also seems to stick). I got it cleaned and I adjusted my filter keys settings to "no repeat rate" on my keypad, so that my control function does not work (and I also can not hold a key down to repeat keystrokes anymore), but that is fine b/c it's not a major handicap for me--cheaper than buying a whole new laptop. However, is there anything else I can do to fix this problem software wise? Would it be beneficial to me to buy a new keyboard? I appreciate any responses!! Kind thanks!

A:Another spill story, but a bit different...

ouch on a laptop?

The only good way to clean that is to take the laptop apart...the membrane behind the plastic keys is probably nicely gummed up with a mixture of dust and dr pepper...

...I'd see about getting the keyboard on it replaced, or at the very least cleaned by a professional.

Unless you've done it many times before you don't want to take apart a laptop ... they can be a PITA to get back together...and it voids your warranty if you do it.

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I work at an independent coffee joint and I was mulling over an idea for customers.

I'd like to have a local wireless signal broadcast a link to somewhere on the internet (whether it be for a coupon, news, or just sending people somewhere they'd hopefully enjoy), and I'm not sure how to go about doing that. We do provide free Wi-Fi already, and we have quite a few old computers and routers laying around from the publishing firm upstairs. The idea is that the link itself is only accessible from inside/close to the shop (wherever I link them to they can access anywhere, of course), in order to get people to come by and check what's posted.

Is this doable? Are there any safety precautions I should take to avoid abuse/hijacking?

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Alright, let me first say I made the fatal mistake of having a drink near my laptop early the other morning. Disaster struck and my computer was hit with some lukewarm java. I cleaned i up, and started it up again shortly later, everything was in working order. A short time after that I tried starting it up and got a white screen of death on boot. Long story short...the screen went out and now everything is barely visible (very very very dim), I've heard that this could be a problem with the "backlight". My other problem, which I believe is OS related is that when I boot up I get this screen that says something along he lines of press f1 to resume or f10 for startup. Pressing f1 gets me an "unsupported wireless adapter, system halting message", while f10 gets me a PhoneixBIOS screen. On the BIOS screen if I move over to tools, HDD test, then short test and run it, then reboot my computer, windows XP launches fine on the next reboot. However, it seems that everytime I start my computer I need to do this test. Also, seems if I take too long to reboot after the test (i.e. I walk away from the comp.) I got that F1, F10 screen again.

If anyone knows the problem or how to fix this from happening and could help I'd greatly appreciate it. (Any info. about the screen not working would help too, although I believe thats a hardware issue entirely)


A:Spilt coffee on computer...Problems now when booting

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dropped iphone 3gs in coffee, now itunes will not recognize phone at all. i plugged another iphone in with same usb so i know thats fine, any way to get it to recognize? phone is also displaying a message trying to turn it on to airplane mode all the time. my mom doesnt know how to fix anything and needs help. help! thanks

A:iphone 3gs dropped in coffee, now itunes does not recognize

Regular or Decaff ?

Water and electronics rarely mix well together as well as voiding your warranty the phone may be unusable.
But thats not what you want to hear.
First is the phone now completely dry ?
(it really needs to stand vertically in a warm dry place for at least 2 days)

Second if it is then try a hard reset.
To perform a Hard Reset, press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons on your iPhone simultaneously for 5 to 10 seconds. After a few seconds the Slide to Power Off notice will appear, ignore this and keep holding down both buttons. In another few seconds the device should abruptly turn off, followed by the Apple logo and a reboot. Now release the buttons. If your iPhone remains powered off, wait about 15 seconds then boot the phone by pressing the Sleep/Wake button.
Try to connect itunes again.

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Hello friends, here are my requirements

A coffee shop has a small network, with three computers for their customers, wireless access for their customers, and five computers in their office. Currently, everything is on the same network, which involves a hub, wires trailing across the floor, and a wireless access point. Employees often use the wireless accesses for business purposes. Explore ways for the coffee shop to improve their security. Explain to the owners why subnetting would be helpful, and demonstrate how you would subnet their network. Explore ways of dividing the public and private parts of the networks. What network design or designs would be appropriate for the coffee shop?
Any ideas? on network topology? Any help would be appreciated. I was thinking just using a business class router and having two subnets, one for public wifi AP and one for private use for employees and POS.

A:Setting up a simple coffee shop network

So this is homework?

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Hi all,

I'll start by saying that I'm not a regular Windows user, so please go slow with me.

My wife spilt an entire cup of coffee onto her laptop today. She immediately pulled the battery and power but its going to take a few days to dry out properly and really assess the damage. In the meantime I've pulled the disk and put it into my kid's laptop - its an identical model.

When I boot, it gets part-way through the boot then hangs for a few moments before blue-screening. The blue screen only flashes briefly before the system goes back to POST. If I start in safe mode the hang occurs just after CLASSPNP.SYS is loaded.

I worked through the Startup Repair dialog. The first time it very quickly decided it wanted to go back to a restore point, so I let it. This did not fix the problem. The second time it worked for over half an hour before deciding it couldn't do anything to help.

I then tried the instructions listed here:

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

The sizes for DEFAULT was ~225Kb, SOFTWARE ~57Mb, SYSTEM ~13Mb. SAM and SECURITY were both 24576 which is an order of magnitude smaller, but at this point I figured I had very little left to lose so I tried it (I still have the backup of course).

This didn't help - it still blue-screens.

The critical thing at this point is to retain the data. It still appears intact when I look around with the recovery prompt, so I think its ok for now. I'd be quite happy to reinstall except that it will wipe the data to do so, and ... Read more

A:Help repairing system after a coffee-related accident

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

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I own an Asus eee PC 1000HA netbook. I spilled crystal light on my keyboard (it's a sugar-free lemonade flavored drink). I took out the battery, blotted it with a paper towel, and used a blow dryer (set on cool) to try to blow out the moisture. Then, I partially dismantled it and took out the hard drive. After about 15- 20 minutes, I put the netbook back together and turned it on. It successfully booted, but I found that the mouse pad did not work. I then left it idle, and when the computer went to sleep (which it usually does when I leave it idle), I was unable to turn it back on. So I dismantled it again. After about an hour, i reassembled the computer and was able to boot it up again. However, I found that the mouse pad still did not work, and my keyboard did not work either. Right now - I've taken out the hard drive again and have not turned it on since. Is my keyboard fried or is there a chance it will regain function if left to dry for a day - week? Or is there anything I can do right now to give my laptop a better chance?

A:spill on netbook keyboard

It's possible that you keyboard and mouse pad were damaged from the fluids.
(even plain water can damage the electrical components within a computer)

Let it dry for a day and if the problem persists, the keyboard and mouse may be fried, unfortunately.

Always remember, never have fluids in close proximity of your computer! I'm guilty of this from time to time and I have to catch happens.

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Hi all

Hope you can help.

I spilt a fair bit of water on my laptop about a week ago. I turned it off, turned it upside down, put the battery in rice and left it for 48 hours.

When I turned it back on if came on but the keys wouldn't work. I managed to use the onscreen keyboard and it worked fine for 2 days. When I next tried to turn it on it boots up but the screen is completely black.

Is there a fix for this at all or is it fried from the liquid?

I have tried removing the battery and using just the power cord but nothing happened, still booted up and black screen.

Really grateful for any advice.

A:Black screen after spill

Any electrically conductive liquids in live electronic equipment allows electrical currents to travel across unintended paths, which can immediately short-circuit (KILL) any or all of the electronic components the liquid comes into contact with.

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I spilt juice on my yoga 2 pro. I'm using it right now and I have cleaned it to the best of my extent. The keys are a bit sticky and the right USB port seems jammed and won't work. Please help.

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I have a y70-70 touch laptop that I just purchased this past August of 2015 (not even a year old). Around midnight on Friday I accidentally spilled less than half a glass of water on the left half of my keyboard. It took a few seconds to register what happened, then I immediately hit the power button, unplugged my mouse and charger, and grabbed a large bath towel to wipe the water away. I flipped the laptop upside down to try draining any water that may have gotten inside and waited about 20-30 minutes before hitting power button to see if it worked (which I probably should NOT have done). A blue screen appeared, in which Windows gave me options about troubleshooting before the system shut itself down (not the blue screen of death but a regular Windows kind of screen). After that, I left it alone until the next day when I attempted to see if it would work yet again, only this time, the computer didn't even boot up. The only thing that turned on was the fans inside the laptop, which only stayed on until I release the power button. No lights blinking, no other normal humming or whurring a laptop would typically make, just the fans. I was confused and thought maybe it was just trying to dry itself out still so I let it sit yet another night. I tried turning it on this morning (Sunday) and it did the same thing with the fans. I've researched many different articles and based on what I've read, I've either goofed up my laptop so bad with turning it on that it won't work anymo... Read more

A:Accidental Water Spill

If you have accidental damage protection, send it in.  They will replace whatever was damaged or got wet.  Even if it dries out and works, you are likely to have problems next week or next month or whenever.  Wet electronics get corroded.

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All of a sudden, I'm no longer able to use any kind of sites with Java, regardless of whether I'm using IE or Firefox. I always get the error "Applet (whatever) notinit" and then "Loading Java Applet Failed..."

This is a sudden problem, never had this problem before. I've uninstalled/reinstalled Java twice, to no avail. Java's website says that I have Java installed fine, and that if I want to install it, I need to uninstall Java and then reinstall it.

I have Java logs from it happens, if they're of any help.

A:Solved: Java took a spill!

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I am running Windows XP on Toshiba Sat. M55-S3292 laptop. The wireless card is Intel(R) PRO.
My wireless connection works just fine on campus but it does not work in a coffee shop where I used to stay and browse the web ...etc. It usually gets stuck at renewing my IP address. When I checked the status/support, there was no gateway, DNS, or WINS assigned. I am not sure if you guys talked about this problem before. Please, help.

Forgot to tell you, in the coffee shop, everybody else's wireless is working just great !!

A:My wireless connection works on campus but not in a coffee shop

It just takes forever in "Aquiring Network Address"

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One of my co-workers spilled some soy sauce on her flash drive and after washed it out in water and let it dry after a period of time, it still didnt work. I wanted to know if there was anyway to get the flash drive up and working I recomended using rubbing alchol.
Data traveler
View attachment 35062

Any sugestions?

A:Soy Sauce Spill On Flash Drive

Soy sauce has a high amount of salt and as such can damage electrical components easilly.

On the other hand, that flash isn't worth a thing if it won't clean up and work, so a flush with lukewarm water and a clear-rinse dish soap then a thorough lukewarm water flush should wash away all salts. Then dry with the connector donwards for a couple days.

The isopropyl probably isn't necessary.


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Scareware spreaders have started to use Skype to spread their cash-sapping crud.
The VoIP channel has joined malicious manipulated search results, malicious online advertisements, Facebook messages and iFrame contaminated sites as a means to spread rogue "anti-virus" software scans.

Sean-Paul Correll, a security researcher a Panda Security, explains that under its latest guise, scareware scams appear as spam messages sent to personal Skype accounts.

More -
Scareware scams spill onto Skype ? The Register

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Scareware spreaders have started to use Skype to spread their cash-sapping crud.

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Hi! I spilled a half glass of wine on my HP G60 keyboard last week. I shut the laptop off and removed the keyboard and I cleaned off as much of the sticky stuff as I could. I did not see a lot of white marks on the circuit boards. I cleaned the keyboard in water and dried it overnight and tried it but no good. I replaced the keyboard and now some keys work while others do not. When I press the a key, I get az1, when I press the s key, I get sx2. Two questions:
1) Would trying a USB keyboard indicate whether the probem is confined to the keyboard and cable and not the motherboard? If it works, keyboard problem only?
2) If the test is no good, can I simply remove as many components as possible (CD, Keyboard, Hard disk, memory, wireless card, display, etc.) and can then soak the computer in warm, distilled water for a while to see if that works.
Regards, Joe

A:Wine spill, HP G60-519wm keyboard

Sounds like you still have some residue of the wine causing an electrcical fault in the keyboard. I am fairly confident that if you connect an external keyboard it will work fine, but please do this to prove it.

If you want to try and flush out the wine from the existing keyboard remove the board form the PC and then there is no possibility of harming anything else. Whatever you do to try and clean it just make sure you leave it for a long time to dry out in a warm place. Your safest bet would be to get a new keyboard.

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Hi all.. embarassing moment but I spilled coffee all over the keyboard/trackpad of my x250 this morning. I tried drying out the liquid and it seems to function fine except for the trackpad. The trackpad still scrolls but the buttons, both top and lower, don't function. All five mouse buttons (three upper, two lower) act as the middle mouse button. I tried reinstalling the Synaptics drivers but it didn't solve anything unfortunately. Unfortunately I am out of warranty, so any DIY suggestions would be very appreciated. Thank you!

A:X250 Trackpad Not Working After Spill

The Hardware Maintenance Manual will show you what is involved in repairing your laptop. So far as I can tell, the trackpad buttons are part of the keyboard bezel, which will involve all the disassembly shown in the keyboard replacement procedure, plus transferring any other parts mounted to the keyboard bezel which are not part of the new bezel assembly (if any). Other than leaving the lid / display panel assembly as one piece, you've pretty much got to take everything apart. Whilst the computer is apart, I would replace the keyboard for the relatively small additional parts cost. Most of the investment here will be in paying for engineer time (or in summoning up courage for a DIY repair).

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hi folks,

I've got a GQ ZX-5361A notebook model#536S from fry's. It's been a pretty good machine, and my current problem is entirely self-inflicted.

What happened:
Here's a cliche, I accidentally spilled coffee on my keyboard, and the following keys became non-functional: 1,2,3,q,w,e,a,d,z,x,c (the spill was on the left hand side of the machine). everything else seems okay.

What I've done:
* I waited for things to dry, but that didn't help
* I tried to rinse the affected keys with a hard stream of water from a spray bottle (with the machine inverted to prevent it from getting inside), toweled it off fast and let it dry, but (ofcourse) that made the problem worse. Now all of the keys seem to be dead. Fingerpad still seems okay (that's how I was able to shutdown the machine).

What I think I still need to try:
* I was going to try to use a USB keyboard to make sure that the problem is local to the keyboard itself
* I am trying to open the machine to see if I can get a closer look at the keyboard, but after unscrewing what seemed like the millionth screw, I started to worry that there might be some that I shouldn't.

What I need:
* is there anything I should try before continuing the surgery (popping keycaps off to try to clean exposed contacts -- if there are any), etc?
* is there a set of disassembly instructions available for the machine?
* is there anything that I should definitely consider offlimits for the screwdriver?
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A:Fry's GQ Notebook keyboard spill problem

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I have a problem. I spilled wine all over my roommates Toshiba keyboard. Its an A100 and since I broke it, I bought it and she got a Dell. Now, I own this damaged laptop and I am finding the only problem with it is the keyboard doesn't work. I can surf the net, download anything I want, make music on fruity loops, listen to mp3's and even watch dvds. The only thing I can't do is type using the keyboard.

Does anyone know if there is a way to take the keyboard off and clean out the (now probably dried up) wine under it?

Or is there a certain model of keyboard I can buy to plug into the laptop through one of its usb ports or something?

I am fairly knowledgeable on regular computers, but I know nothing about!!

A:Toshiba A100 Keyboard Spill

You can have a shop replace the keyboard in it, or you can buy a new one from the manufacturer and have a brand new laptop!

other than that I suppose you can buy a USB keyboard, but Im the kinda person who would replace that one with an origional and keep the mobility of the laptop alive!

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Yesterday, I spill coffee on my laptop(Sony Vaio PCG-K13). Fortunately,everything works well EXCEPT
1)When I turn on the computer now,it makes this loud beeping noise before a screen comes up asking me to select Profile1. Didn't have this problem before the spill.

2)All the keys + touchpad mouse works fine EXCEPT the spacebar,which doesn't function at all. Currently,I using the on-screen keyboard to insert spaces.

Can anyone offer any suggestions for addressing one or both problems?


A:Keyboard Liquid Spill Problem

ugh. ugly situation. At worst you may have shorted some component and ruined the motherboard (requires replacement). At best, it is a minor short and the keyboard may only require cleaning or replacement.
Cleaning will require dissassembly of the laptop and electronics cleaning solvent.
I do not recommend this for an average user. Laptops are very tricky to put back together. You would be better off getting a professional.

If the motherboard is ruined, you can buy a salvage model and use the hard drive, RAM, etc, that is in yours to make either the salvage model work, or use the salvage model for a motherboard part.

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So I was using a usb keyboard and my cat spilled water on it while I was away. This seemed to render the the keyboard useless. It also caused the computer to start to react strangely to mouse inputs, though I am positive no water seeped into the case. When I tried to shut down the computer, it hanged for a good two hours at the part when all the icons and toolbar had disappeared from the screen and only the background was displayed. I then hard shut down the computer and when I restarted it, I was prompted if I would like to restore some sort of default bios on the motherboard. I unwittingly chose to do so. Now it seems I cannot boot into any of my primary drives, only slave drives that I have included from my old computer. When I do boot into this drive, my graphics processor is not used (looks like windows safe mode). Whenever I do try to boot into one of the other drives, I get the mobo splash screen and then the computer hangs halfway through the "starting windows" animation and then goes black and restarts. When I try to do a start-up repair, it says it fails for an unknown error and when I do a system restore, it fails because it cant replace a file in google chrome, or something (it was open when the incident happened).

What I suspect is happening is the default settings caused the mother board to start "talking" to my hard drive from my old computer and not my new one, but I have no idea how to get it to "talk" to my ne... Read more

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Hi, A small amount of water was spilt over the keyboard. It was promptly soaked up and computer worked fine for two hours. Some of the keys are no longer working (space, b, n and arrows). The computer is working fine and external keyboard is fine.Any ideas of how to get them working again? They have been removed and all looks dry. Thanks

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Hello there, This is my first time posting. Basically, I spilled some water on my laptop keyboard 2 days ago, I wiped off the water and left it overnight. Then when I turned it on the keyboard is completely dead. The laptop itself turns on fine, the screen as well as the touchpad work fine, but the keyboard is not repsonsive at all. I am typing this question on the laptop now using a temporary external usb keyboard. Ive checked all the drivers and they do not indicate any problem. I think I may have to purchase a new one.  Model Number: HP 15-d051sa.Windows 10 64-bit. Kind regards,Farooq93

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Yesterday, at ~8PM I opened a bottle of mineral water, unfortunately for me it burst and spilled all over my laptop. As I had no idea what to do I just stood there for like 5 seconds, then I realized I should disconnect the plug. After that I tried to dry it using towel and paper towels. Because I had no idea what else to do I just decided to give myself a treat and just go to sleep early, so I left the laptop there as it is (in normal position)

The next morning (roughly 8 hours after the spill) I decided to try whether it is working or not, well, it's quite hot in my room so the water should be gone now, the water spilled on the ground did disappear as I was too lazy to swab it (lol)...

well, the laptop is working just fine so far, except the keyboard is typing weird stuff

Q - q`1a
A - qa
D - 'd
F - vf

etc, not all keys are doing this, most of them are working just fine...

what should I do now? I know I can use the external keyboard, but is there a way to fix this? I have Asus G750JM and somewhere I read that the newer laptops have some feature that prevents the water from going to the laptop HW from the keyboard, not sure if mine has something like that but as I said, it works just fine except for the keyboard

I also tried to dry it some more today using paper towels, turn it facing down on the paper towel to see whether there still was some water (nope, the water towels were dry), I also decided just to clean it from dust using canned air, well, my laptop i... Read more

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My younger brother spilled water on my Dell Inspiron 3520. The water spilled all over the keyboard. It has been left to dry for a while now, bit it doesnt turn on. I left it plugged in for half an hour and it just gets hot, but doesn't turn on or anything. Should I risk changing the keyboard? Or did is it something else?

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So I spilled about a half glass of water on my laptop. Its an Alienware 17X. I've been thinking of replacing it since its a bit old and not working so great anymore. However I still need it for a little while longer! It was late and I was just about to go to sleep, and I wasn't really thinking. I've never had this happen to a computer before, since I'm usually quite careful. Here's what I did which I now see is the worst possible thing you could do:

I dried the keyboard as much as I could, but left the laptop on. Then I went to sleep, and actually left the laptop on all night. The following day, I found that multiple keys on the key board weren't functioning, though the rest of the computer seemed to work fine. I shut down the computer but then restarted it. Some of the keys that hadn't worked now seemed to work again, but most the keyboard still wasn't functioning. Also whenever I clicked in a place to type, the j key would just type out an infinite amount without me pressing it. I shut the computer off again but I didn't do anything about it. Today, I tried to restart my laptop again but it went to the reboot options screen, and since the keyboard doesn't work I can't boot up my computer. I finally looked up what to do if you spill water on your keyboard, and I realize how stupid I've been.

It doesn't seem like there would be any water left in the computer by now, but I've shut it off, turned it upside ... Read more

A:Keyboard stopped working after water spill

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A few days ago, my significant other accidentally knocked over a small cup of iced tea onto my laptop. I was quick to dry the device off, but the device turned off on its own (with the fan running for about 3-5 minutes while the screen was black). I then quickly took off the bottom shell and disconnected the battery. From that point on, I waited 2 days before trying to use the laptop again. When I reinstalled the battery, the battery "light" keeps blinking (as opposed to its usual solid state or its graduate fade that it does when it is in rest mode). I've disconnected it and reconnected it several times, tried to plug it in and unplug it, etc. Still, the system will not turn back on. Does this sound like a battery issue, or is this indicative of a bigger issue?

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Hi,     I have lenovo T450 laptop , by mistake spilled some water on ite keyboard. As per T450 product specifiaction , its keyoard is spill-resistant. Is this true? The water spill was very less but still I am scared that water might have gone inside laptop and might crash motherbord inside.My laptop is still On and working after 1 hour of spill. Please suggest. Thanks.

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Hi,     I have lenovo T450 laptop , by mistake spilled some water on ite keyboard. As per T450 product specifiaction , its keyoard is spill-resistant. Is this true? The water spill was very less but still I am scared that water might have gone inside laptop and might crash motherbord inside.My laptop is still On and working after 1 hour of spill. Please suggest. Thanks.

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i know this should be simple to do I've had a coffee maker attached to my computer in such a way that it looks like it was made as part of it and i have a secondary control cvircuit (improvised) made to connect to a parralel or serial port so i can set my pc to control temp and auto shutoff but on the bad side no i've forgote the settings of the plc's and need to make the interface is there any way of auto detecting and the configuring or do i need to make a new interface with better documentation so i can do this easier one ast thing i have a lcd installed in the front of my pc showing headline news cpu temp and a few other things and qwant it to show brewwing temp once again a case of rogramming out of my league if you know of any companies or individuals who would accept such a taksworking witm me on this and upcoming case mods i.e my microwave in a server cube and it's interface ( I AM NOT JOKING ABOUT ANY OF THIS CASE MODS ARE FUN AND RAISE THE SELLING PRICE OF A PC) i do many case mods just to expriment and work with several operating systems so it's not as simple as it may appear

A:case mod (coffee maker parralel port control interface)NO JOKE

Can't wait to see the results when the microwave cooks your insides. I would go to a dedicated modding site for the info you are looking for. Why would I pay more for a PC with a coffee maker built into it.....I have a sense of feel to tell me if my coffee is too hot or too cold I don't need an LCD readout to tell me that.

TOns of other sites out there

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I've got a whole wealth of problems, but I'll stick to the computer related ones! Let me run down the story of what happened and what I (stupidly) tried to do to fix it. I am reasonably certain that I turned a mess into a complete disaster and am at the point where I pretty much expect to buy a new computer. But I'll get there in a moment...

It all started a few nights ago when my three-year old knocked over a beer onto my laptop, a Samsung QX-410. At first a few keys didn't work but then the entire keyboard malfunctioned. This is where I made matters worse. I have swapped keyboards in the past on a Dell and Compaq laptop, but never with the "island-style" keyboard. I opened the back and, lo and behold, discovered that the keyboard was located below the fan, CPU, and entire motherboard. Even worse, it seemed to be fastened in with non-screw pegs that I had no idea how to open. I thought, hmm, maybe I should go in through the top? I then tried to pry off the aluminum face which was glued on, damaging it - the entire edge between the keyboard and bevel is bent upward (I tried gluing it back down with 5-minute epoxy but it didn't work).

In the process of opening the back, I had to disconnect the hard-drive and optical drive. Since I did that, I've been getting "Blue Screen of Death" crashes with the title "Bad Pool Header." At first I could access files, and I thankfully copied my most important Word documents onto a ... Read more

A:Post-beer spill salvage - bad pool header, etc

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Hi all,
Having a bit of a crisis here. Last night I had a drink spill into a well vented computer case causing it to power down. After panicly and quickly removing the cords and removing all hardware besides the cpu (which was missed and rather dry after the inspection) and the power source (which I figured was completely dead at that point and could be easily replaced). I took all the components out and left them to dry next to a fan the entire night after a quick wipe, worrying all the way.

So the early morning after I reinsert the gpu, ram and connect the cords and give it a go. To my surprise, it works. Power supply runs, moba isn't trashed and the gpu works (success confirmed by the screen lighting up and telling me to locate the hard drive that isn't plugged in). Obviously ecstatic about this, I plug in more things (hard drive, mouse, keyboard, internet) and I try again. It powers on but the screen no longer lights up so I can't confirm whether or not the computer can properly boot to desktop or the like and after removing the parts I get the same thing.

I've been trying to correct this, see if any damaged parts might be the cause of this. Replacing the gpu gives me the same thing and replacing cords and parts here and there to see if anything changes. Nothing so far and I'm running out of ideas. So I turn to you guys for ideas. What can I do? What might the problem be?

A:What does a tea spill, computer damage and blank screens have in common?

Remove everything, just the bare motherboard /cpu and the power supply. Boot and see what happens. You should get BIOS BEEP/ERROR codes for missing RAM. If not, it's a faulty MB or power supply.

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After water spill in premier keyboard of Dell XPS 12 9250 due to the incidence, the keyboard can not work: there is no power; the light is not lit; the touchpad is also unavailable. I want to repair it by myself. Where is the service manual? How should I repair it by myself?

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I spilled some water on the keyboard.. Drained it and let it dry for a while and now it works find. Except the trackpoint buttons (above the touchpad) now trigger clicks for both middle and left click (if i click left click, it's like clicking middle and left at the same time)

Also some buttons on the keyboard trigger button clicks.. What can i do to fix this?

A:Keyboard triggers bunch of mouse clicks after spill on it Lenovo T530

I would say that you might need a new keyboard. however take it somewhere and have it checked out to make sure nothing else got damaged from the water.

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I would like to start focusing my work at the coffee shop now since I can't focus much at home anymore. I don't know much about security and have never used a public wifi before after hearing many stories about it being completely insecure. The work I'm doing is very important and I cannot have any problems with weak security. Is VPN as secure as a home network?

After digging from google, all I have to do is subscribe to a VPN provider, connect to the public wifi, then connect to the VPN server? Is that it?

I also found out that 4G mobile connection isn't too secure as well so I'm unsure what approach I should go.

Which would be more secure?

1. Connect to VPN through public free wifi
2. Connect to VPN through 4G mobile internet usb stick
3. Or use no internet at all? My work does not require much internet connection, however it would help a lot if i did have the connection.

However, I do have a really dumb question. If I don't connect to any networks on my laptop at a free public wifi there is no way someone can hack into my laptop right? Nobody can somehow hijack and go into my laptop if i'm within the free wifi radius?

Also what are all the security softwares I need? I have malwarebytes premium active shield and avast free but thinking of upgrading to the premium

A:Is VPN really secure for public wifi coffee shops? What is the most secure way?

Only if the VPN also encrypts your traffic.

As for which would be more secure..obviously 3 would be the most secure. Don't connect to the internet and disable your wifi adapter and bluetooth adapter (if you have one).

IMO 2 would be the next best option since it's still your own hotspot; but they could still try and sift through traffic through 4G network (if it's possible for them to do). Most likely would be very difficult however, since the network is transmitting data to/from the cell tower(s) via a wide spectrum - I haven't really looked into traffic monitoring over cell networks though, so I'm just guessing on that.

Obviously the public wifi would be the least secure, especially if you use a VPN that doesn't encrypt your traffic.

As for security software... using your own common sense is going to be the best thing. You could look into a software firewall such as Comodo or ZoneAlarm (but IMO they can be annoying and intrusive). Built-in Windows firewall is decent enough.

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Is there a program to replace Sun Java to play games with?Virtual machine is just fine but it only works on my win98.Is there something I can buy to replace Suck Java please??Thank you!

A:Solved: Sun Java,.."More coffee please".

Sun's also works on XP, but you can still get Microsoft's here:

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