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Water Spill

Q: Water Spill

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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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A:Keyboard stopped working after water spill

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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 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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So i have heard that some water cooling systems do need new water in them every 6 months, and i have also heard that some never need to have the water replaced, so i have no idea of what brand/kind of water cooling system i have because it has no branding or anything, i got my computer custom built from ibuypower so it was professionally installed and stuff, so anyway here is a picture of it and maybe you guys can tell what i need to do,

It looks like even if i wanted to replace the water its not built to open up, so yeah can any of you guys tell me what kind it is.
Thanks for reading this~

A:Do I need to put new water in my water cooling system?

Your system should of come with some kind of manual from ibuypower. If not I would contact them and find out what they recommend to use to replace the fluid and how often.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 tri... Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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 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?
* if I d... Read more

A:Fry's GQ Notebook keyboard spill problem

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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.

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

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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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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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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! 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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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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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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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 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'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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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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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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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 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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i bet uve all heard bout the water jug problem.

well i need some direction as to how to code it in JAVA by using breadth first search and depth first search.

any help would be appreciated.

im given a goal state, first jug, second jug, and wheter or not to perfom bfs or dfs in the main program driver.

i gotta write the code for


anybody know????

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Not a problem just more of a question for future builds. Many people use water to cool their systems which is great but has the always present danger of leaks therefore potential damage to other components. Others now use mineral oil for cooling which is great but looks really messy and when upgrading components wouldn't be as easy as just opening the side of the case. So the question is would it be possible to fill a water system with oil instead therefore if it does leak it wouldn't damage anything just be a bit of a cleaning job and whether the oil is a good enough medium to be used that way. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated

A:Water vs Oil

I believe at least 2 things will make water a better choice. It is a better heat conductor then oil. It holds heat less then oil. That is it will better transfer the heat to the radiator, whereas the oil would hold the heat. Actually a 3rd issue occurs to be, the viscosity of oil would be murder on the pump in comparison to water. A Guy

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Hey all i was wondering if anybody out there could help me and maybe take a look at my hijack this log. any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:in hot water

If you post it i'm sure someone will help...

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I just ran into a good deal and I am wondering if I should mess with this water cooling deal.
I am running a Gigabyte mobo with a Q6600 NO OC, 4 gigs ram, dual video cards. Anyways on air I am 24c idle after some rounds of everest it "might" hit 30c, all four cores are within a few degrees of each other. My video cards run at 36c. This is in an Antec 900 case using the sunbeam cooler massive thing it is too. I have two additional fans rigged to the heat pipes and two box fans on the video cards 'moving air' and of course two in the front of the case, side and top with a rear, the hard drives have there own fans too.

If I OC is that where the water cooling would make a difference Vs. air given my temps right now? Thanx

A:water cooling

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Spilled some water on hp dv6 laptop keyboard. Thought I did the correct things and let it air dry 2 days. Now some of the keys do not work. Though I can work with my wireless keyboard, would rather use the laptop keyboard. Should I replace laptop keyboard to fix the problem or is there something else I can try 1st?

A:Spilled Water on hp dv6

you could try removing the non working keys and using a brush try to clean the contacts this may help.

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Hi There,

I have A Sony Vaio Laptop, but I split water into the lcd, i have dried it out but the lcd now has bright spots all over it (see attached images) Is there anything that I would be able to do for example maby disassemble the lcd housing and clean the "optical Layer". Any Help Will Be graciously accepted and also Ps. I'm that kinda person that likes to void warranty to the extreme.

****If this is posted in the wrong "area" may a mod please put into the proper spot****
Edit: Sorry Forgot to attach the images

Deven Prasad

A:LCD Water Damage, Need Help

You, as an individual cannot repair the display, you're only hope is to replace it. A company that rebuilds LCD displays might be able to repair it, but it will require replacing some element of the panel assembly itself. Your hope would be to find a replacement LCD unit and change it yourself. A Guy

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Hello, All!

After reading SEVERAL reviews from SEVERAL websites, I can't make up my mind. All the water cooling thingys look cool but I was not impressed by the temperatures they wer giving...Idle: 36 and High: 62 (These processors were OC'd and some weren't). Is there a PC water cooling system that will chill the processors as such:

Idle: 25 - 29
Load: 40 - 45

I have the socket 939 AMD 4000+ CPU. Thanks.

A:What's the best PC water cooling out there??

aerain said:

Is there a PC water cooling system that will chill the processors as such:
Idle: 25 - 29
Load: 40 - 45Click to expand...

In your statement you use the word "chill". Did you mean it in the actual sense of the word...that the system would utilize a CHILLER (mechanical or electrical)???

It appears that you have done your Homework! Collecting opinions on "which is the best" isn't of great value. You probably are the expert at this point!

BUT personally, I believe that an air-cooled system can achieve the same same results as a non-chilled water cooled setup.

IF the air-cooled heat exchanger and fan are properly designed and sized for the task, then this is a straight forward Thermodynamics problem.

What I believe is the advantage with a water-cooled Hot System is lower sound levels. High Speed Fans are noisy!

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I built my own computer about 6 months ago. I bought all the stuff from and the Ram from Crucial. The system is a AMD Athlon 1700+, A-Bit KG7 Motherboard, 2 Sticks of 256 PC2100 DDR ram (ECC, Registered), 40 gig Quantum Hard Drive, Gainward Nvidia Geforce 2 Pro, Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live, Netgear network card, and a 350volt pwr supply. I put it all together and it ran great. But now when I start my computer I get a Blue screen saying that I have problems with my hard disk. I reformated and tried to reinstall XP. It would format fine with the NTFS file system but it would only install 20-45% of XP before it said set up could not copy file. The XP cd is perfect. I tried a different harddrive my old 10 gig and it still had the same errors. The XP install hangs on different files so its not the disk or hard drive. I put the hard drive in my brothers computer which is identical to mine and XP installed and ran fine. I changed out the HD cables and tried lost of operating systems. I thought it was the RAM but my brother says no because its ECC and error checking which prevents it from writing wrong. We updated the BIOS to the newest one from A-Bit and had the same error. If anyone has any sugestions PLEASE I need my comp back... I dont have money to spend on it so I can't get a new one. Any ideas are great

A:Dead in the Water....

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So about a week ago, I dropped an entire bottle of water on my acer laptop, it fell all over the keyboard and I paniced. At the time it was working. but the touch pad was not. I left it upside down with an absorbent piece of cloth so it would absorb the liquid, over night.
In the morning, when I switched it on, the touch pad worked but not the keypad.
So i put it out in the winter sun to dry for about 10 minutes before i realised that it could possibly coz more damage. So I pulled it back in, and put it in the fan to dry.
Next time i switched it on the touchpad worked but the keys still weren't.
So I left it alone. The next day, it refused to switch on. even now, it opens to the acer screen but doesn boot. it freezes halfway.
Its been over a week and i haven touched it or switched it on.
I have about 6 days to fix it in...
Can anyone offer me any advice or shall I just send it in?

I know I was pretty stupid but im generaly very careful with my laptop, i dont let anything near it. so it was kind of unexpected.
Any help would be appreciated.

A:Water on Keyboard.

I see this a lot especially with cell phones.
Water damage to most electronic devices isn't too serious. Most of the time, the units function is completely recoverable...unless it gets turned on or exposed to power before it's had proper time to completely dry out. Even then most items can still make a full recovery. So be hopeful.

At work when we get water damaged computer or electronic equipment we normally open things up remove any excess moisture and allow time for the unit to dry, usually a week. If the client is in a hurry we might employ a hair dryer. It's important everything is bone dry before starting things up again.

Laptops can take a while to dry because they're so tightly packed and air doesn't circulate as well as in desktop units so we might put it under a fan for a day or two.
Opening a laptop is a scary process if you've never done it before so don't attempt it if you don't feel confident in your mechanical skills. There may also be some warranty issues that allow for authorized repair techs only, so check your warranty before any tampering.

Attempting to run the unit to soon can cause some issues such as short circuiting. Motherboards and other electronic components can be susceptible in these cases but hopefully you haven't done any permanent damage.

If as you say, it's been a week and you haven't checked it or restarted the unit during that period, do a visual check to see if it looks all dried ou... Read more

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i noticed in the live tile on my desktop that the picture of my wall paper had moving water is there a way to make my wallpaper do that all the time?

A:water effects

You can download animated wallpaper if you really wish to..
Search for
wallpaper animation
Animated Wallpaper For Windows |

This claims to animate photos to create them:
Animated Wallpaper Maker - Free download and software reviews - CNET

This will take up system resources, of course.

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Ok, I know alot of you... most of you... do not really like the idea of water cooling--at least from what I've read. And quite frankly it sounds pretty iffy to me, I mean, water and electronics??
But suppose, hypothetically speaking of course, that I wanted to water cool this new computer I'm building...what exactly will I need? Do I need a special case for the sizing requirements? What equipment will I need to accomplish this? And most importantly what steps can I take (other than not using it ) to keep from frying my system due to a water leakage?


A:Water Cooled??

Here is a site that has some different setups.

I don't really know anything about the water cooling systems. How much cooler do they make the cpu than a good heatsink and fan? Like you said also about leaks, how good are they, how long will they last. It sounds like they could be more problem than good.

I know there are people on here that have them and they could probably tell you how theirs have been.

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My two year old spray glass cleaner on my laptop, quite a bit actually, and some got inside of the LCD screen. The screen still works but you can see the liquid in there and the display looks terrible.

I had a friend you suggest putting some isopropanol up in there as it will facilitate getting the water out but I shied away from putting anything else in there unless Im sure the only other alternative is to buy a brand new screen.

Can I assist in getting the water out using a hair dryer or perhaps there is some kind of safe solvent I could use.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Water in Laptop LCD

Hair dryer is not a good idea as lcd's(most laptops) are very sensitive to heat. Think of what happens to your cell phone or palm if you leave it in the sun. Not so sure i'd try the alcohol either as this could be corrosive. How long has the water been in there? It might dry up from heat of monitor and then recheck what your display looks like

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ok well i am wondering if i need a water cooling system for overclocking or not?

A:water + electricity

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my laptop was charging up i knocked my glass of lemonade over, straight away turned it of and removed the powerPlease help dont know what to do it is a new laptop my parents got it me last week

A:Water spillage

Lilychapman5 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about water spillage on your laptop and wanted to help.Here are some troubleshooting steps you can try: You Just Spilled Water Or Coffee On Your Laptop - Here's What You Should Do But, in most cases, those do not do any good if the water reached the motherboard and shorted out any components. The only way to see if that happened is to take or send your laptop to an HP Service Center to have them disassemble it to determine the damage and what it will take to repair it. Here's some information on the Service Centers: HP Notebook PCs - Using a Certified HP Service Center to Repair a Notebook PC | HPģ Customer SupportGood 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 to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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well i did the stupid thing of having water around the computer..and well needless to my mouse doesn't work...can anyone help me?

A:Water and a Mouse

Of course don't try to start the PC with the mouse connected until it is completely dried out.

Unplug the mouse from the PC. Untwist the underside and take the roller-ball out. You then have a choice of leaving it in a warm place to dry out naturally, or taking a hair-dryer to it and blowing warm (not hot) air through it for 15 - 20 mins until it is dry.

Put it all back together and it should be OK, especially if it was just water. Other drinks often foul the optics.

If that doesn't fix it, junk it. Hopefully it was a cheap enough model for it not to be an expensive mistake.

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Good afternoon people, well my teenage boys managed to pollute another one. I canít post a log since I canít get on. It will run the operating system only to the Windows is starting up screen. In safe mode it will scroll though registry and freeze. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bob

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After scanning my PC and ridding it of detected malware including a trojan that I didn't get the name of, my PC doesn't function properly. I cannot open and run hijackthis - I briefly see a small window and then nothing. I tried to run hijackthis in safe mode but it wouldn't work in safe mode either. MS Explorer browser won't work at all - it won't connect to the internet - I get a message saying Internet Explorer has stopped working. I can get Mozilla Firefox to work, but not properly. I tried to restore the PC to an older set point, but the restore wouldn't function. Unfortunately this is all the detail I can give you. Do you have any suggestions on what to do next - is there any way to get hijackthis working at least so I can post a log.


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I have been asked recently by a relative how can you fix a disc if has been water damaged. I have searched for days on the web. I havent found anything.... Does anyone know if this is even possible?

A:How To fix a water damaged dvd?

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First, hello all...I'm new and so incredibly greatful for this site. Being completely computer illerate and trying to tackle some kind of virus I'm hoping to learn how to fix this problem.
I have Windows XP media center, emachine. Lately, I've noticed that when on google or any other search site, when I click on a link from search results to visit a site I get redirted to some other site. If I click the back button usually it will take me to the site I originally wanted to go to but not always. I can't update my anti virus and I've been getting a message about some kind of error and asking me to send a report or not and when I click on it I get kicked offline. During a Adaware scan something called a "tibs.9.z" was found. When I ask the adaware to remove problem my computer immediately rebooted itself and I got a empty desktop. No icons, no start button...nothing. Somehow I was able to bring up task manager and from there was able to do a system restore. But whatever caused this problem...its still there. I also noticed that whatever this virus is, it's messing with my volume control.
Any help would be so very greatly appreciated and I would like to say thanks for your patience and help.

Much Thanks!!!

A:Dead in the Water

I hope I do this right...I'm adding my Hijackthis it goes

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:01:36 PM, on 4/6/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\readericon45G.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark\Lexmark Precision Photo\MemCard.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exe
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hey all. i have a depressing problem...

anyways, just a few days ago there was a pretty bad rain storm that ended up flooding my basement, about 2 inches worth of water. it so happens that my desktop computer (which, instead of being on my desktop was on the ground) was also flooded. i have no idea how long it was underwater (overnight at worst), and it has stopped responding when i boot it. the first time i tried booting it, i got the regular startup in mixed up characters, and it ended up freezing. one other time i tried booting, it was fully working until windows started loading (this is where i think i actually have hope in saving it), but it crashed again...i've tried some different methods like drying the wet areas with a fan and taking out some affected pci cards, but it still isn't working. now when i try to boot, i only see "No Signal Input" onscreen.

is there any hope for fixing this flooded computer, or will i have to buy another one?

also, i don't think my HD got wet, so if i do get another comp, can i install that HD into the new comp?

thanks in advance.

A:Water Disaster

check on the mobo to see if anything looks bad. Make sure to thoroughly bc something as small as one capacitor being swelled coul mean the end for the mobo and possibly most of ytour comonents including the processor and RAM.

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I'm getting strange problems. Any ideas about what might be causing them -- and hopefully what I might do about -- it would be very much appreciated. The problems are:

- When I boot up (normally and in safe mode) there is no taskbar.

- I can't copy/paste anything (normally and in safe mode).

- When I boot up normally it tells me that it couldn't start my anti-virus software (McAfee) saying that I may be low on memory (I have 1GB ram, so I doubt that's true).

- I can't use any other applications either (it just doesn't respond), even when I've turned off all the non-vital processes.

I've tried booting from a floppy, but I just get the "non-system disk" error. I've also noticed that I've got "eanthology.exe" hanging around on it. Could that have anything to do with it?

I have no idea what's going on -- I suspect a virus, but I ran an online virus scan which found nothing. I heard of something similar coming from a bios virus -- could that be it?

Any advice? Please help

A:Dead in the water

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what is the best water cooling??? Right now im thinking about gettting a corsair hydrocool 200ex. do you guys reccommend a diffrent one? also what thermal paste should i get with it? artic silver creamique? thx

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It's not the first time we see a watercooled Xbox 360: x-scene forum moderator Xboxexpert made one and we've also seen one from But unlike to the 2 previous one, this one is fully internal ... it's all inside the Xbox 360 case.
The hardware mod features:
* Both CPU (Zern GPU block) and GPU (Koolance GPU-180-H06 block) watercooled with internal Tank-o-Matic mini reservoir, 12v thermaltake pump and DD fill port on the plexi window.

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First off I want to apologize for how computer illiterate I am going to sound on this forum thread.

I have my old Windows XP computer with all my personal files on it, i.e. pics, movies, music etc. I think it is dead beyond recovery. I have since got a new PC and this one is going to be trash anyway. The problem is, is that I would like to get all my old info off without sending it to the repair shop. I have read, and read, and read, and read multiple threads on this forum but do not see anything with my particular problem. I see glimpses of hope with different posts but nothing with my prob.

First I cannot get my PC to boot. I do not see an Admin account on the login page. Only thing I see is my wife's and myself's account. When I click either picture/name it does the exact same thing for both accounts. It will take forever to load up the account and when it does I get a popup window that states it cannot load locally stored profile. Then pops up another window which says, it cannot create a temporary profile. Then something about insufficient system resources exist and get a last pop up with no text and a red "X" with an option to click "Ok", then sends me back to the login page with both ids.

Everyone's answer is always start in Safe Mode. Problem is I can't. The panic of pressing F8 at the right time finally gets me to Safe Mode option screen and I press Safe Mode. I press the appropriate Window XP Home Edition, and then proceeds... Read more

A:I think I am dead in the water

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I was wondering how to get pictures similar to the one in the link below:

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-5 and a shutter speed of 8 seconds max. I hear it's something to do with the shutter speed?

Can someone advise?


A:Photographing water

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My system is crippled and I would be most appreciateive of help. Until yesterday it was running very, very, very slow. Now today, after talking to the Dell guy last night (I'm running a Dell 3000 with XP), I can't even open up programs like Word, Excel, etc..
I get 100% CPU usage (yesterday when I could open a program).

I did a complete system test last night and there seems to be no problems with the PC.
I was able to run a Hijack this log this morning which I attached below.

I'm writing from my work computer because presently I can't even access the internet from my system.

Can someone take a stab at this?

I am most appreciative for any help I can get.



A:I'm dead in the water

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At the DynamicDrive site there is a water ripple script but the picture has a space at the bottom between the picture and where the ripple starts. Was wondering if there was a way to get rid of the space?

A:water ripples

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When I was unloading my computer out of my trunk, living in NH, some snow fell from the top onto my computer. Some snow fell on the case and leaked in through the vents. The case was on, but at first it wouldn't even start up. Then, after a while, it started up however there was no display from the monitor and there was an unending beeping noise. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Help: Water on motherboard

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As you guys may have read in my previous post, I am in the process of constructing a quiet computer. I have narrowed my choices down to water cooling or thermoelectric cooling. Here are my 2 options:
If you guys have any other suggestions that will keep my overclocked processor cool while still being quiet, I am open to suggestions. But out of those 2, which would you guys reccommend? I'm trying to keep it under $150, and the lower the price, the better.

A:Thermoelectric vs Water

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Hi, I was wondering if any one could help me with a little problem. My son tipped water over my laptop. I quickly took the battery and then tried to get all the water out and then place it in a bag of rice. I left it for a couple of days and now it won't start. The turn on switch will go on and then it goes off. Nothing else is responding. Is this the sign that I will need to make a insurance claim, or it can be saved? I really need the contents off the hard drive. How can I get the stuff off.

Sorry for the million questions

A:Laptop vs water

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Alrighty so my friend who goes to San Diego university just called me. Appreantly she dumped water on her laptop and wants to know if it's dead, or what to do so she can rectify the sutiation. Is there any chance it's still alive? From what I understand is that she dumped water on it, the screen locked up and then she tried to turn it off. It didn't work right away then she unplugged it and waited then it suddenly shut off. The battery is out of the machine and it's laying on her desk, is she as ****ed as I think she is? ANy help would be GREATLY appreciated, thanks.

A:Water on a laptop

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Hi, im probly a medium-well overclocker and i think its about time to upgrade my chip and my cooling system. I was thinking about going with the P4 3.4 and the WaterChill by Asetek. Im a heavy gamer, and i dont overclock my video card much. Is there anything better than the waterchill in that price range?

A:Water Cooling

Hmm, are you sure you want watercooling? There are many danger that come with that. Go to for reviews on good heatsinks. My friend OC'ed his P4 up like 800 MHz with a HSF.... check out the review on it. It's a swiftek.

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Some water spilled onto my keyboard and now some of my keys are messed up and if I unplug my charger it shuts down (even though its fully charged). Whenever I press the "5" key "b" comes up also and vice-versa. Same for "=" and "-'. And "n" and "6" and ` (above the tab key) and Caps Lock. They come at the same time and I don't know what to do. I believe I've gotten6 most of the water out but I don't know for sure. Also, as I said before, if I unplug my charger, my laptop shuts down. Right now it is 93% charged yet still has a blinking orange light on the b5ottom of the laptop (where you can see if the laptop is on or not) Please respond quickly an6d thoroughly.

Info for my laptop: (hope this helps)
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter , 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 28 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1013 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 3150, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 137586 MB, Free - 101643 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0D3J9P, A07, .494K0M1.CN1296105V6210.
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

A:Water Damage

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hiya again
put highjackthis on a 3 1/2 installed in safe mode
ran program couldn't save correctly (sez not enough memory) it is as rtf
{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\deff0\deflang1033{\fonttbl{\f0\fnil\fcharset0 Times New Roman;}}
\viewkind4\uc1\pard\f0\fs20 Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1\par
Scan saved at 10:18:54 AM, on 7/26/2006\par
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)\par
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)\par
Running processes:\par
R0 - HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main,Start Page = \par
R0 - HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main,Local Page = \par
R0 - HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Toolba... Read more

A:Dead In The Water

Sorry for the delay. If you are still having problems please post a brand new HijackThis log as a reply to this topic. Before posting the log, please make sure you follow all the steps found in this topic:Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log

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