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Chances of a Laptop Recovering from Water Spill?

Q: Chances of a Laptop Recovering from Water Spill?

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Just wondering because i am using my Laptop without battery>

A:Does a Laptop Running without Battery increase chances of getting BSOD

No not at all.


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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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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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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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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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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.

I press the power button a... Read more

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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 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 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 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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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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Hi, the title explains it all. I spilled a small amount of water on my laptop's keyboard, which gradually lost all of its functions. Everything else about the laptop works just fine, except for the keyboard, which will not work at all. I've had it drying with a fan for the past few hours, anyone have any suggestions?


A:Water in my laptop

If drying under a fan will help at all, it might take days. The places water can get into in there aren't places flowing air gets to very much.

You might try an external USB keyboard for the time being. Or if your laptop has a PS/2 type keyboard connector, you could try one of those.

I've washed desktop keyboards that had sugared drinks spilled on them in hot soapy water and I've learned it takes at least two days to dry one. I usually remove one of my central air register covers and stick it down in there. I do this only with keyboards that are a total loss otherwise. In those cases, there is nothing to lose. It works out well nearly all the time.

I don't recommend that on a laptop, though.

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So a glass of water spilled on my laptop this morning. It's a Mac G4. It spilled on the left side where the power cord plugs in and all the other jacks are. I didn't think there was that much water but shortly after my attempts to dry it all off the computer locked up. I forced it to shut down.

Now when I start it up it beeps three times, but not normal computer beeps. These are lower tones, like you hear right before the weather advisories start scrolling along the bottom of your screen on TV.

It makes all the sounds of loading, but the monitor never comes on.

The power light on the front of the laptop (the button that opens and closes it) will blink three times every now and again.

Am I completely screwed or is there hope of saving my poor Lappy?

A:Laptop + Water

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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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AW! Man! I done the dumbest thing yesterday as I knocked over my water bottle on to my Toshiba Satellite M55 Laptop. I turned it upside down as quick as I could and started blasting with air cans and then later I tried to remove the top face of keyboard from bottom but had no luck. How ever I did open all the removable little doors and blast with air and pried the top from the bottom and blasted thru the crack. I then let it sit on the edge of my desktop desk (with elect heater under it) until this morning. Right now when I hit the ON button I can hear the dirve whirring and the message on the screen says "LOADING" and show a pic of an hour glass. the the screen turns sorta dark blue with a white line thru the middle and says "INSERT MEDIA DISK". If I put in a movie DVD it starts and shows the movie. I put the TOSHIBA Recovery and Applications/Drivers DVD, but then I get the message that my hard disk will be wiped clean so it can re-install everything. I really don't want to do that if I don't have to.
I must say that I have been punching key boards since the first TIMEX and been thru COMMODORE, etc and this is the FIRST time I ever spilled anything on a keyboard. I'm 70 now and on 24 oxygen so I'm getting a lot more computer on time. I guess I got tangled with my O2 pipe cord or something.
So is there wnything I can do short of erasing my hard disk to get this thing to boot.
Greg in Warren MI

A:Water on Laptop!

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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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Please help i have a DELL Inspiron E1705 and i accidently spilt water on my laptop. So i waited abut 36 hours and now that i check back on it, it has made some progress. It works a little bit, i can recharge my ipod on it, but the screen is always black, i cant see anything. i have been blow drying it, but i dont know how to open it apart. I have screwdrived every screw, but i cant open it apart, so i just blowdried the side where it has holes.

A:Help! Water On Laptop! Plz!

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I like to be extra cautious when it comes to security.

What are my chances of contracting any type of malware if when I download an executable then scan it with the free service at the results say it's completely clean?

Is there any possible chance even the smallest piece of infected code might be able to get by all these antiviruses?

A:What are my chances?

From jotti's site

Keep in mind that no security solution offers 100% protection, not even when it uses several anti-virus engines (for example, this scan service).

It's also good to scan with your own antivirus program.

Another good site
VirusTotal - Free Online Virus, Malware and URL Scanner

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Hi everyone,

I am working with a Dell laptop, a very nice one year old one. A cup of water was spilled on the laptop while it was off at night, in the morning, someone turned it on. The laptop didn't work initially. Now, I opened it up and cleaned everything off. Now the laptop works while it is plugged in. Here is the kicker. The laptop will not run off of battery. The little lcd light that shows that the laptop is plugged in will not work either. This tells me that the laptop doesn't know if it is running off of AC or battery power, and the "time left" on the battery taskbar indicator just jumps to 43000 when I plug in AC (telling me it doesn't even really know it is on AC). What could cause this type of problem? The local computer places didn't want to look at it. Where else could I send it?

A:Water Damage Laptop

it probibly shorted the mechinim that knows that info. did you try running it with no battery installed? what does it do when theres no battery?

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Water was spilled on my laptop and now it wont work. When I try to switch it on the power light comes on and you can hear the cd drive go but then it goes dead. It has been dried out. Do you think there is anything that can be done?

A:Water spilled on laptop

Paul: how can you be sure it's dried out?
I would let it set in a warm place for several days and then see it if turns on.
You might want to take the battery, optical drive, HDD, etc. out also to let them dry.

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Hi guys

at a friends place. A couple of weeks ago she spilt tea on her dell laptop it is a inspiron 1545. She silly rang dell straight after and so her warranty won't cover it.

Any ideas of what it could be. The water hit the front of the laptop on the right hand side near the touch pad. ( why dell doesn't have plastic over there motherboard like other companies is beyond me)

When it is turned on the bios doesn't come up but the fans are spinning. The hard drive is ok as i have checked it in my machine start straight up into windows. No light or flickers to the monitor. I tried it with a monitor- still nothing but i will check again when i get home.

Any ideas on what it could be or what could be done would be great.

Could we just replace the board. If so which board.

thanks in advance

A:water dell laptop

Was it on at the time.
You really need to take it apart so that it can dry out properly
if all else fails see if it's worth claiming on home insurance
some now offer free accidental damage cover

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My friend accidentally spilled water on the keyboard of my laptop and I immediately turned it off and sat it under the sun. It's been 3 days since that happened and I never turned it on ever since. I went to a technician recently and he said that it should be fix immediately. Do I really need to get it fix or I should just tell them to open the inside of the laptop and see if there's still moisture and clean it?

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I have a toshiba laptop that recently crapped out on me. One night while I was sleeping, my drunken roommate spilled beer all over my laptop and did not bother to clean it up. The computer was in standby and still had power flowing through it. When I awoke, it was turned off and completely water logged. After an extensive drying period, the computer turned back on and began to load. I run WinXP Pro. An error message came up saying that some unknown error happened and it asked me how I wanted to load the OS. I have chosen every way possible and it always freezes when XP begins loading. I even tried loading the OS again with the disk but that didn't work. I am wanting to know what I can do, if anything, to fix it. Whether it is the hard drive, motherboard, or some electrical error, or if I should just toss it and get a new one.

A:Water damage to laptop...

Water probably wouldn't have done much damage. Beer, OTOH, probably didn't do it any good.

I'm sad to say, the only RX for this machine is disassembly and a very through cleaning, not something that the novice should attempt.

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Last thursday I accidentally spilt water on my laptop. Being slightly phobic when it comes to taking computers apart, I took it to the toshiba repair center. They said they;d open it up and take a look at it.. which they did on friday and they say I'll have to replace the keyboard and the system board.. estimate a total cost of $500(including labor).
I guess this is just a desperate plea but is it possible that I am being had or is spilling water on a laptop indeed *this* fatal ???

thanks a million in advance

A:Help!!Spilt water on my laptop :(

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I have a new hp laptop that I spilled alittle water on the keybroad. Well I got another keybroad hooked up to it it works for a little bit but after a bit it kind of does it own thing , like I'll want to go to a site, or doc's and it takes me somewhere else. I hope it's not ruin but it just doesn't work right. Please help. Thanks

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A few weeks ago, while I was away, my brother spilled water on my laptop. My mom didn't dry it immediately, and just shut the lid. when I discovered the night of, there was fog on the screen, most of the keys weren't working anymore. I immediately backed up my laptop that night. Then, i left it to dry. After three days, the laptop no longer turn on. Two weeks later, the laptop was able to power on. Since it wasn't shut down properly, every time i turn on, it will display windows was not shut down properly press enter to select, or something along those lines. Since my keyboard doesn't work, I could never get past that screen. I have tried to attach an external keyboard to my laptop, but that doesn't seem to work either. I have noticed that now whenever I turn on my laptop it takes two tries. When i press the power button the first time. it will have no reaction, but then the second time it will start. once I get to the screen where i need to press enter, i cannot do anything so I would press power again. I noticed when I press shut down, the laptop will quickly shut down.The instant that the power button is pressed, it will immediately shut down. A couple of times when I turn on my laptop, it will start to beep continuously. I am currently debating to buy a replacement keyboard and try to see if that will work out. If anyone have experience or can help, please help me out. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite C650.

Thanks in advance.

A:Water Damaged Laptop: HELP!!

I'd be surprised if the keyboard was the only part that was damaged. Especially as it was powered on several times while still wet/damp.

In any case, if you can get parts cheap enough, you could try simply replacing the keyboard.

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My cat spilled probably 4-5fluid oz of water on my laptop keyboard (while it was turned on) and I didn't see it until hours later when the laptop had shut off as a result. I let it dry for a few days unconnected to power and now when I press the power button the button lights up for a few seconds and then nothing happens. My motherboard is fried, right? I'm screwed?

A:spilled water on laptop

Maybe... maybe not.

What I'd do is remove the keyboard and really dry things out inside. If it was plain water, it's very possible that will be all that's required. I'd take all the stuff out that's easy to do, battery, hard disk, optical drive, etc. My method of drying something like this involves blowing the water out from under components with canned air, then putting the unit in a LOW oven (no more than 125-150F max) for a few hours to bake the rest of the moisture out. 150F will not hurt anything in a laptop that's powered off. If possible, I'd probably also remove the LCD, but that take a bit of additional disassembly. Ideally, you'd have the motherboard out by itself for this process, but many folks are not comfortable disassembling a laptop that far.

You can also use a hair dryer for the drying phase, the object of the exercise is to get all the moisture out of the machine.

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I'm sure this question has been asked many times before, but I couldn't find any instances of it when I searched the forums, so here goes:

This morning one of my co-workers (a nice guy who is also an idiot) decided to see what would happen if he poured water on my little fan.

Well what happened was that water went flying everywhere. Most of it landed on my paperwork (which is a whole other problem) but some of it did get on my laptop keyboard. My TWO DAY OLD laptop, which as you can imagine almost caused me to murder my co-worker. The only thing that kept him alive was the fact that he looked even more upset than I did. Clearly he realized what a complete and utter idiot he was, but sadly, that realization came too late.

I immediately ran and got some paper towels and cleaned the keyboard, lovingly drying all the water under the keys, etc. The computer seemed fine and so I kept working for a bit because I had a deadline in 45 minutes. Once I finished my work, I started getting scared that maybe the water was slowly dripping into my hard drive, onto my motherboard, etc. So I turned off the machine, turned it upside down, removed the battery and didn't use it for the rest of the day. My plan now is leave it alone for the next 24 hours or so and let it totally dry. As I say, it wasn't a whole lot of water that landed on the keyboard, but I've heard horror stories about a single drop of water totally ruining laptops and so I didn't wanna take any ... Read more

A:Water on Laptop Keyboard

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I have done so much research over the internet, and I think I might have a chance...

couple nights ago I spilled an entire glass full of water into my Sony Vaio 13.3'' laptop, all the water went directly to the keyboard.

I was watching tv on the laptop after like 3 seconds the screen went off but the sound continued, I shut if off, disconnected from AC dried it as much as I could, upside down during the night, etc...

next day, THE COMPUTER WORKS, yes, it logs into windows and everything all right... if I could just see a thing in the screen.... (completely dark)

I took it to bestbuy and they plugged it to a monitor and it works, and if I point a flashlight to my screen I can see it working on my laptop... but they even refused to open it saiying its probably the backlight, repair is expensive, either buy a monitor or a new one..

after doing my research... shouldnt the backlight be able to be fixed, or at least replaced??? why would I need to replace the whole screen if its just the backlight... and the water only went to the keyboard!!! so the backlight is in the laptop itself and not in the screen...??? I saw my model LCD panels on ebay from $180-$210... sure I rather that than a new one...
Im very optimistic here.
Thanks for all your replies...

I guess my question is: if I think the problem is just the backlight, doesnt sounds too catastrophic to me... dont I get a chance?

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Hi Techguy,

Water fell on my laptop now most of the time my keyboard doesn't work (or other keyboards). When I type a letter random programs pop up etc.. So I get by by copy pasting single letters to make a note. As you can imagine, this is not very pleasant. Sometimes my keyboard out of nowhere works and I can write for brief periods of time such as now.

The on screen keyboard that comes with Windows 8 also doesn't work nor do other keyboards. If I click a letter random stuff happens like programs opening.

I'm looking for software that can transform writing/painting from characters made by my trackpad or mouse into a field to text. So I don't have to copy paste all the time anymore.

Can you help me out with this one?

Thanks in advance!

A:Water damaged laptop

OCR software may be what your looking for. I don't have any real experience with this type of software but you can take a look at the link to see if suites you.

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I dropped a glass of water on my laptop last night.. its working ok.. but there is two keyboard keys playing up..
the "b" doing another function and when pressing "r" its writing "er"

any idea what i can do?


A:Dropped water on my laptop

I researched, and I agree with Scorpian. Let it rest and dry out as soon as possible, it should be ok.

Water on Laptop Keyboard - Tech Support Guy Forums

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Hi guys.

I have read some other posts about this and everyone else seems to have a much happier story than I do!

spilled water on the keyboard of my Compaq (couldn't tell you what model though), won't go into how stupid i am. you all know already.

anyway it worked fine for a few days after that; turned on and off fine etc, all keys working, sound working, no symptoms at all so I thought yay! I have escaped the inevitable. I was wrong. Which consequently led me to do another ridiculously stupid action. The battery died so I plugged it into the charger, pressed on....nothing. It will not turn on no matter what I do, the little light that shows that the charger is plugged in doesn't light up either. So I am assuming the worst, but don't know what to do. I removed the battery and opened all the little openable compartments at the back to see if there was anything obvious or burning smell or anything but no. There is a small patch of rust on one of the little screws but it looks too old to be from this incident (it is secondhand).

Im screwed, amn't I?

A:water on laptop keyboard...

Have you tried a different charger or battery?

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On Sunday, I foolishly was drinking from a bottle of water next to my laptop, HP G7035ea, and some spilt on the keyboard and touchpad. It must have seeped through to either the ram or hard drive. Instantly, I tried to shut my laptop down but it became unresponsive, so even more foolishly I held the power button down to shut it down and pulled the power cord and battery out. I dried up most of the water with tissue and left it on the sun for about twenty minutes.

Even more foolishly, I decided to turn it on and the fan came on, the DVD drive was accessed but the screen stayed blank. Something must of shorted out by now. However, I left it overnight to dry out and tried it again in the morning, same thing occurred. So today I held a hairdryer against it, and left a fan heater next to it for about an hour. Still the same result, fan and blank screen. Now I guess I'm just going to leave
it againrill tomorrow.

Is there any hope for my poor laptop?

A:Spilt water on laptop

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Hello there,

Today I found that water has spilled over the laptop keyboard from the ceiling... i tried to turn it on but it was not working.. no lights or nothing... i immediately removed the battery from it.. turned it upside down and drained water as much as i can.... and then i tried to dry that by keeping it under the Fan... and tried to turn on after sometime... it turned on and i saw the logo but immediately the screen has gone dark... and finally turned OFF i removed the battery again and kept back under fan... and then turned ON again after some hours... and now its booting and i can see the desktop too but its dark....... Something happend to my display when I turned on at first? Please help me....
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A:Laptop Water Damage

you can do ur best to drain all the water ...use a hair drier and dry ur pc for at least 24 hrs together..

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I have an HP DV6 I use for my graphic design has worked well for me... Speed and all. I spilled water in it and cracked the screen. The repair shop wants over $400 to fix everything (change to ssd, new screen, new battery, etc). Should I spend that much on repairs or just get a new laptop? I don't really have more than $400 to spend.

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OK spilled water on laptop. I know this has been asked on here some place. couldn't fine my situation OK I turned it off right away took out the battery. tried to get water out turned it on it's side try to soak up water. Then about an hour later thinking it was ok to turn on. I turned it on about 20 seconds it turned off. I took out the key board put in another one same thing happens stays on for 20 seconds.Does this mean my motherboard has short circuit? I didn't see any mosture under the key board.

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I spilled water on my Dell Notebook and now most of the keys in the bottom row don't work at all, including the space bar. Can it be repaired? I dried it very well, setting it in the sun...

Do I just need to get an external keyboard or a new computer?


A:water spilled on laptop

I would take it somewhere and have it looked at and see what damage has been done to it.depending on how bad it is it may or may not be able to be might just need the keyboard replaced or it might need a new motherboard.

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Similar problem - I somehow managed to knock a bottle of water over my laptop which was in its bag at the time (i.e. water went over back edge). I've had it drying in various positions in front of a fan for 24 hours and have just tried to turn it on - it got part way and then restarted with the "Windows did not load properly last time" message. I let it try once more, but the same thing happened.

Have I killed it?! If I let it dry out for a couple more days is there a chance of life?! I daren't tell my partner I've damaged it as I broke the last one. Please help.

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I spilled a bit of water on my laptops keyboard. I'm not sure how much got in, wasn't soaking wet but a bit got in, but when it did, I turned off the laptop right away, and got a towel and hair dryer to try to dry it. While I was drying it, the F3 key fell out and I can't get it back in.

I kept it off for like 2 hours before I turned it back on and when I did, everything booted up fine but now only a few keys work. Maybe 5-6 keys work at different times.

Each reboot, more random keys work but the ones that worked previuosly don't work, but might work 3 minutes later. Either way I only have maybe 5-6 keys, tops, working at any given time.

I turned it off for another 2 hours thinking maybe it wasn't dry. Same thing.

Gave as much details as I could, even though some of it may be irrelavant, as I don't know much about laptops and hopefully it will help narrow down the cause.

Anyone know what could be the problem? Am I pretty much screwed and should just take it in to the shop? Or give it more time?

Oh, and it's a Dell Inspiron 1150 if that matters.

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the kids playing ball in the house knocked a glass of water over right on my 7 year old sony viao laptop. i unplugged it, waited a few days for it to dry and tried to fire it up. cant find hard drive is the message i got. perhaps it isnt dried enough? any suggestions?

A:spilled water on laptop

pretty much fail

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I recently spilled water on my keyboard.  Two diagonal rows of letters/numbers do not work:  1,Q,A,Z and 3,E, D, C.  Tried taking apart as much of the case as I could, (no visible water inside) and blowing warm - not hot - air as far in as I could.  No help.  Any ideas on the problem or the cure?

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Augustus1 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about spilling water onto 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 DoHowever, if those don't get everything working again, then the water did some permanent damage inside the laptop and the only way to correct that is to take it to an HP Service Center to have them disassemble it, run diagnostics, and see what needs to be repaired or replaced.  Here's some information on the Service Centers:  HP Notebook PCs - Using a Certified HP Service Center to Repair a Notebook PC | HP® Customer Support Good 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 the left of the Reply button to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution" -- to help others find the solution.========================================================================

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yesterday, i was being a doofus and i spilt water on my laptop. Luckily, the laptop was closed. (My battery doesnt even work anyway, cuz its dead). The only problem is that, once i open it up, everything still works, but water managed went inside the screen of my LCD monitor. I don't know how it went inside my monitor.. but theres this big water spot on the corner of my LCD Mon. How do i get the water out of my monitor? I tried to flip the laptop upside down, or on its side, for 12 hours each yesterday. Only a bit of improvement.
I also see some other websites to suggest blowdryer with no heat at all.


Noob Verno

A:HELP! Spilt water on my laptop monitor!

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Hi guys,

I unknowingly spilled a fairly small amount of water over my Acer Travelmate 4220WLMi laptop last week. I hadn't realised it was wet intially and so I tried switching it on. Nothing. This is when I discovered it was wet and I left it for a day to dry out (not long enough in retrospect). I started it the next and day and it booted up fine and the only real problem was that a lot of the keys on the keyboard weren't working. I went and bought a USB keyboard and that worked a treat. I then shut it down and took it to work only to find when I booted it up it would get to the black screen, after the Windows XP loading screen, and then just freeze. Its been like that since. I've tried entering the Acer startup menu and also the Windows XP setup screen but I think the keys I need for those aren't working so I can't access them.

Any ideas on whats gone wrong and how to get onto the Acer/Windows start up screens?

A:Laptop + Water = Windows Not Starting

Just an update to my situation. I got the laptop working for a few days and everything was back to normal (including all the keys working). However, it suddenly shut off like the power had pulled. It now doesn't boot. The power lights will come on for about 2 seconds then the laptop shuts down to nothing again.

Is it worth paying the £52 just to get it diagnosed by Acer?

I would really appreciate any ideas or help from you guys.



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Hi guys I am really new here. I want to ask whether my PC will work again or not. So yesterday I stupidly spilled water over my Lenovo G5080. And then I instinctively clean it up with cloths but with the condition the power is still on. I tried restarting the PC again and then it was working well but then suddenly my screen went blank. As I get panicked I browsed the Internet through my mobile and then found out that the things that I've been doing is the things that should not be done on facing this kind of problem

As I gathered information from a few forum it is said that I should just let it dry for like 3 - 6 hours without battery and then try to power it on again. I followed that instruction, and when I plug the charger to my laptop the charging indicator was on, so I thought my laptop was working again. But then when I tried to power it up, the charging indicator suddenly went off and there it go

What do you think? Is there still any hope on my laptop? I read here that the writer succeeded on recovering her laptop by letting it dry for like 48 hours, if I let it dry for more hours will it have a chance of recovery or not? I'm afraid that the electronics/insides whatnots inside my laptop will short circuit again. Or should I just go to nearest computer repair service? Please do help, this laptop is quite new and I don't have the money for buying a new one...

Thank you, looking forward to hear great suggestion from you all guys...

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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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i spilled (what i thought was) a minor amount of water on my MSI GX701 notebook keyboard last night, shut it off instantly and plugged the powersupply out. now everytime i try and turn it on, it doesnt react at all when i press the power button once. upon pressing it twice, the orange battery light turns and stays on, but neither the screen nor other hardware show any signs of responding. i took it apart, let it dry, took out the memory cards/harddisk, cuddled with it, gave it inspiring speeches and retried powering it up but always with the same result.
i know its most likely junk and i should try to save the data, but the warranty ran out long ago and i dabbled around with it way too much anyway.

any advice (other than smug get-a-new-one-comments) would be appreciated

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I accidently spilled water near where my closed and powered off laptop was and I am worried that it could have been damaged. Since it was on the bottom though, could any significant damage have been done and how should I dry it WITHOUT opening it? (I am always scared to open any electronic device because once I have tried it and broke something) I have already taken the battery out and did not flip it upside down because the water was on the bottom, not the top.
Edit: The side of the laptop with the keyboard and screen is not wet and the stickers are not peeling off.

A:Spilled water on went on bottom of laptop

how should I dry it WITHOUT opening it?

You could try blowing some warm air through the vents but don't overdo it, electronics are sensitive to overheating! A hair dryer on the lowest setting (even if the air feels cool) but left on for a few minutes could help.
Was the battery wet when you removed it? If not you might not even have a problem.

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my daughter spilled some water on my laptop over the weekend. since then I've read some online suggestions to take the battery out & unplug the laptop after the accident. I did not take the battery out but did unplug it & turned it upside down on a towel. I tried to boot it up yesterday & it went into the BIOS side of the system... then it made a beeping sound continuously. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do to get it working again or is my laptop fried? It's about 4 years old. Thanks.

A:Solved: Water Spilled on Laptop

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I spilled some water on my hp laptop. I turned it upside down immediately and shaked it a little so the water would come out and left it upside down all weekend. Turned it on today and it works perfectly EXCEPT I have no sound. I did all the trouble shooting I knew and the computer says everything is working fine. Could water spilled on the laptop cause the sound to go out.
The laptop is a HP Pavilion Entertainment and runs Vista. I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions. Thanks!

A:water spilled on laptop key board

Yes it certainly can cause that and other problems.when water is spilled it might appear to be fine but you just dont know what hidden damage is in there.i would have it checked out to make sure nothing was ruined beyond repair.

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hi everyone, i'm a new member and i really enjoy reading all forums. i'm relatively new to computers and i've fallen in love with them!! i'm learning alot fast, although i am humble enough to know there is sooo much to learn. i recently brought my p.c. in and had it reloaded due to spyware, malware, etc.(windows xp). i'm very worried about it now, not sure what sites to visit, what to open, i guess you'ld say i'm alittle paranoid!! the computer is only four months old. anyway, i was wondering if i can run multiple anti-spyware, i was told not to run more than one anti-virus but i'v read up on spyware and there are so many different kinds that i think i need more than one. is avg anti-spyware good? i'm already running spybot daily. thanks in advance.

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jwv4 said:

hi everyone, i'm a new member and i really enjoy reading all forums. i'm relatively new to computers and i've fallen in love with them!! i'm learning alot fast, although i am humble enough to know there is sooo much to learn. i recently brought my p.c. in and had it reloaded due to spyware, malware, etc.(windows xp). i'm very worried about it now, not sure what sites to visit, what to open, i guess you'ld say i'm alittle paranoid!! the computer is only four months old. anyway, i was wondering if i can run multiple anti-spyware, i was told not to run more than one anti-virus but i'v read up on spyware and there are so many different kinds that i think i need more than one. is avg anti-spyware good? i'm already running spybot daily. thanks in advance.Click to expand...

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Hello all,

Really frustrated here, hopefully someone can help me out. I am working on a laptop that was damaged with a big glass of water. Luckily, the laptop was off when the water was spilled, but was turned on about 8 hours later. The laptop had some serious problems, but after a little cleaning, it turns on. Here is my problem.

The AC adapter has a solid green light.
The AC adapter keeps the machine running.
The machine will also run off of the battery by itself.
The AC adapter won't charge the battery.

Also, the laptop won't "recognize" the AC adapter. The screen gets brighter when I plug in the cord like it supposed to, and the laptop runs off the AC, but the power light on the laptop is not lit up. Windows says that the laptop is running of battery. When plugged in, it says there is 3456 hours of time left (Basically infinite), but when I unplug, it says 50 minutes or whatever is left on the battery.

What could be going on?

A:Laptop Water Damage Power Issue


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so about half a glass of water got spilled onto my laptop keyboard while it was in standby mode. i immediately unplugged it, removed the battery, disassembled it, and let it sit in some rice over night. unfortunately i was too anxious and did not wait long enough. upon turning it a few days later the screen flickered out and went dark. there was/is still life in the laptop (when the power button is pushed the normal lights start up but the screen and fan remain off). since then i've got a working motherboard and screen fairly cheap off ebay and after installing both properly the same startup lights turn on and the screen remains dark. now i'm thinking i needs to replace the intel processor? the ram and some of the other components remained dry but i do not really know what components could have been affected. i always thought if a computer fried and you replaced the motherboard then it would be fine, but is it possible for the processor, ram, wireless card, etc to be fried as well? and if the original motherboard was indeed fried would any of the startup lights turn on or would it just be dead?

btw i bought a refurbished laptop off of and its decent, so fixing this dell is now just a hobby of mine really, but its something i'd like to do.

any ideas are greatly appreciated. thanks

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so i know this has probably been asked in the past, about other laptops etc but my wife is busting my balls about our new laptop lol i managed to somehow drop a jug of water on the floor and the ensuing spray back sprayed the keyboard on the laptop i immediatly ripped out the battery and turned it upside down whilst using a towel to wipe up the excess, after an hour or so i gave it 20 minutes with a hair dryer then left it for another 4 hours had a look and as everything looked dry i turned it on.. everything seemed to be working okay except some of the keys throw out more than one stroke at a time i am unsure as to what it is they type as i cant get passed my passwork screen.anyway since then it has been off with battery out i still have had it upside down with a fan on it and a little box between the apex for it a gonna or will there be light at the end of the tunnel?

many thanks in advance

A:water on acer 5472 laptop keyboard

It might be ok if allowed to dry longer. The keyboard on one of my son's laptops took almost two weeks to dry before it worked right. If all else fails (and the keyboard is the only problem), you can get a replacement for around $30 and they aren't too difficult to install.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A505-S6960 running Windows 7. Earlier today I spilled water across the keyboard and have been having issues ever since (big surprise). I did not hear any shorting sounds, and until I shut the computer down, windows was running fine.

Now, when I turn on the power it goes directly to the boot menu. From here I am unable to do anything with the built-in keyboard; only the caplocks, escape key, shift key, and numpad enter key work. And these keys all do the same thing: move me down the boot menu list, but I am unable to select an option.

I then tried the following:

1) Removed the keyboard (carefully, following instructions), popped off all the keys and dried and cleaned. No result.
2) Removed the battery for 10 minutes. No result.
3) Hooked up a USB keyboard. This allowed me to select HDD #1 / SSD#1 on the boot menu, but when Windows started to load, the screen froze and the laptop began beeping loudly at regular intervals.

At this point I am freaking out thinking that my hard drive is corrupt. Any suggestions? Would a damaged built-in keyboard cause windows to freeze along with the beeping? Thanks!

A:Solved: Toshiba Laptop Water Damage

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I have spilled water on my laptop keyboard(Lenovo Thinkpad Z60m), and attempted to dry it out and then the picture clouded over black. I dried it with a hairdryer a bit and rebooted it and now the picture is there but extremely faded, mostly black, yet the operations of the computer are all wroking fine.
What has been damaged? Will leaving it to dry longer help or is it something that is going to need to be replaced.
Thanks in advance.

A:Spilled Water on laptop, Picture faded

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Hi Guys

My son poured some water from his Mickey cup onto the laptop by mistake. I quickly pulled the battery and disassembled the computer to facilitate drying. The water appeared only to get into the mouse and not any of the circuit boards, but even so it did BSOD and now can't boot into regular mode. I am in safe mode, which boots fine.

Attached are my last three minidump files. i'm not sure why i'm having this "registry error" BSOD but if you can make any sense of the minidump, i'd be thankful.

A:BSOD After baby spilled water on laptop

i read online it could be the boot.ini file, so i did chkdsk /f upon reboot.

No change in the outcome.

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So my wife spilled a glass of water under my laptop, while it was turned on. Some of the water went into the laptop. Laptop lost power almost immediately.

Immediate symptom was that screen would still turn on, but that was it. I took out hard drive, DVD player, battery, and bottom cover and let it dry out for four days. After that I put it back together, and turned it on.

It now began booting up, and started loading Windows XP, before resetting, and going into an endless loop; boot, load XP, reboot after ten seconds.

Immediate thoughts on possible problems? Is the laptop pooched, or just need something switched out?

Thanks for the help.

A:Solved: Laptop and water equal trouble...

I would remove all its bottom plates, hard disk, DVD drive if possible, memory, keyboard, etc. I would then remove the register from one of my central air vents, drop the remainder down in there and give it another four days before trying anything else.

The air conditioner removes moisture from the air, giving a relatively dry air flow--better than just an ordinary fan.

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Am sure the are posts about water spills on laptop keyboards but I didn't see any that satisfies my situation.

Yesterday I was lying in bed sick and my brother brought me a cup of hot water with honey in it, he placed it on my bed near my laptop (its 8months old) which was playing a movie. He didnt warn me that the water was really hot so when I picked it up I immediately dropped it and almost 50ml of the water spilled on my keyboard, I panicked and called my brother and he brought a dump cloth and I wiped it and it was still on, it immediately started closing the tabs I had opened. It then switced itself off and I put it upside down and lot of water spilled out of it and some even came out off the usb ports and the fan vent. Then I called my boyfriend who told me to remove the battery and place it upside down covering the keyboard area with a towel. This morning I tried to switch it on but it didnt turn on. I am afraid I must have short ciruited it...Is there any hope for my laptop or I should just save up to buy a new one?

A:Poured hot water with honey on my laptop's keyboard

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Waisted Water on keyboard and laptop will not boot up

A:Waisted water on Keyboard laptop will not boot up

Any time you spill liquid on a laptop you should immediately shut down, remove power cord and battery and open the laptop all the way and place it facedown for a few days to allow it to dry before reapplying power. With that process you have a 'fair' chance of it powering up. Without that process-practically none.

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I've been using an old E8400 based machine for years, I've gradually updated the power supply, Gaming Video card and new SSD and Windows 10 is still activated. Unfortunately a couple of my racing games have had major upgrades and slowed my system down severely, due to mainly the slow CPU.

In order to update the CPU I had to get a new motherboard and ram as well. I installed everything and booted up offline and everything updated, drivers etc, but now Windows 10 is inactivated.

Will the new motherboard etc stop me from being activated online, or do you think it will activate. I can go back to Windows 8 if need be, but it would be a mammoth task.

A:What are my chances of Windows 10 Activating

The free Upgrade is only good for the life of "the device" -- and MS considers the motherboard to be "the device". That's what got registered when Win10 was activated.

When you swap the motherboards, Win10 will be deactivated as this new motherboard is not registered with MS.

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Hi, my fiance's cat knocked a glass of water on the laptop. I quickly grabbed it and pulled the plug about 5-7 seconds after it happened. I took it apart and let it dry for a day, put it back together and booted for me (after some complications, but i forget what they were). I messed around a bit and i can now get into my laptop with 2 issues, 1 bigger then the other:

1. My biggest problem is when the main page loads i get a message about "installing device driver software" for the 6 PCI devices listed. I try and locate the device software and i can't load it (if anybody knows where exactly to find it I could try again, but no luck so far). This basically renders my USB portals all useless, and i can plug in my mouse and it lights up (showing it gets power), but i get a message about unknown device and can't get anything that previously worked through the USB drive to show up as an identified thing.

2. The other one is a weird one, but maybe it is a clue as to the other problem. My internet explorer has this annoying "Certificate error" on a lot of the pages i try to bring up. I tried messing with the internet options and nothing seemed to make a difference.
So any advice/comments would be much appreciated. I apologize if my issues are not articulated well, I am not very computer savvy. I look forward to any feedback/advice, thanks in advance

A:Spilled water on laptop, now can't identify PCI device driver

For Problem #2, download root certificates update from Microsoft and install it. Download from : think your files have got corrupted during the whole accident. That is only explanation of missing drivers and missing certificates. Check to see of your documents have got corrupted too? If yes then you might need to do a repair install of Vista.

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Hi all,
I recently replaced spilled water all over my laptop. I make the mistake of not waiting for it to completely dry and attempted to turn it on.
So after, accessing the damages, I took my Lenovo Y50 to a certified technician who told me that the motherboard was damaged. I decided to replaced the motherboard by myself (purchased Lenovo refurbished from Ebay) and proceeded to install it.
When I turned it on, the LED lights up to signal that it is being turned on, however the fans do not start, my keyboard does not light up, my display does not turn on. (Basically, only the power button LED turns on for about 2-3 seconds, then shuts off)

1. I made sure the ram, harddrive, thermal paste, screws, cords etc was installed properly.
2. When I charge my laptop, the LED lights up to signal that it is charging.
3. I attempted to turn on my laptop without the battery, to this I received the same 2-3 second LED and nothing more.

Does anyone have any recommendations of what is wrong with my laptop?
Can we narrow it down to a specified region?
Thank you for your time guys, I really appreciate it.

A:Replaced Laptop Motherboard, Now It won't Turn On (Water Damage)

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Hey everyone!
Yesterday I spilt water on my windows 8 laptop, the lid was closed but I guess something must have gotten in.
Last night, it turned on, but when it got to the user log in page, it kept refreshing itself, without me entering in a password, so kept coming up with invalid log in etc.
this morning, I go to the user login page, and this time it didn't refresh. I wasn't able to input my password with the normal keyboard, but got the accessibility, on screen keyboard to put it in. However, it kept saying it was incorrect, even though I have double and triple checked the numbers.
Right before I spilt the water, it was doing an update and maybe this got interrupted?
Is there anything I can do to help?

Alternatively, as I'm not very optimistic, is there any advice for when I take it in to the repair shop? I don't have a clue about these things and don't want to get ripped off.
The laptop is newish, about 4/5 months, so I will check the warranty agreement. However, I brought it in England, but am now living in amsterdam for a year, so I don't know if there is an equivalent shop that will accept the warranty.

Thanks for any advice!

A:Solved: Spilt water on laptop - general advice!

Call your computer manufacturer (Dell, HP, etc) customer support and advise them of your problem to see if your warranty will be accepted for repairs. They should provide you with all the details on how to ship it back to them or to send it to a near authorized repair shop near your city.
If it does not cover it, then you might need to take it to be repaired at a repair shop at your expense. Make sure you get a quote before they do any repairs on your computer.

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When it is plugged in and i press on button i get 3 beeps. Inspiron 15. Less than a year old.
Thank yoh

A:Help! On vacation laptop won't turn on water may be involved. Getting 3 beeps

Three beeps is a mainboard failure.  Unfortunately, if there's evidence of water damage, it'll be deemed accidental damage and the warranty won't cover the repair.
You'll need to contact Dell support - but if it's a sub-$700 system to begin with and it's considered accidental damage, the repair needed won't be cost-effective -- it'd be better to replace the system than repair it.

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Hi All

I have been asked to look into this for a friend, being slightly computer literate. He has a bunch of JPG images that were deleted and subsequently recovered from his 'old' vista notebook. Ony two of the ten were actually viewable. The rest wont open and wont show a thumbnail.

I have tried almost every possible image recovery program, but they all cannot load the picture. (I have been looking at this for over a month now).

When viewing the file in a text editor, it is aparent that the start of the file has been overwritten with crap - looks like output from a failed windows update patch. I was hoping that I could follow a post that related to replacing the header of the file using the header from one file that worked, but the information is very sparse on how to do this and so far i have not been successful.

Can anyone recommend either a site which explains the process for replacing the image header (im hoping that the header is the only part that is damaged here) or a data recovery company that deals with images like this.

Unfortunately he doesnt have the old notebook, just the damaged files.

Thanks for any input.


A:Corrupted JPG Images - Repair Chances?

I've never heard of jpeg header substitution so I can't comment on that and the rest is speculation, but it seems that the files would have needed a valid header to be recovered in the first place and that the data is corrupt or, if the header was corrupt it wouldn't be pointing to or indexing the correct part of the image data during the original recovery anyway so in either case it seems quite unlikely to be recoverable.

I'm just speculating about the condition of the original recovery, the old GIGO may apply. It depends on how much and what type of activity the recovered drive saw between the time of deletion and the time of recovery.

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My PC has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1. I've been holding off on upgrading to 10.

Check Your PC says:

You're Good To Go!
Your PC will work with Windows 10

Your PC:
Memory: Meets requirements
Processor: 1GHz or faster
Touch screen: Not required
Printers and other devices: Compatible

Can I expect a glitch-free upgrade? I'm apprehensive, having only 1 computer and no other way to access this forum to get help.

BTW How do I handle the upgrade so that it will incorporate an external hard disk?


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Feeling lucky?

It seems that HP is promoting their new HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook PC series by giving away one of them a day for the 31 days between 08 May and 09 June. You can find all of the details at (amongst others), but in a nutshell, each of 31 different websites will be conducting some sort of sweepstakes/competition offering the new notebook as the grand prize.

This new HP looks to be loaded too. According to the folks at Bink, the prize package consists of the following:

"The HP HDX Dragon comes with Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit) and is powered by an Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor X9000 (2.80GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB). Other features include 20.1" diagonal WUXGA High-Definition HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen (1920x1200) 1080p, 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm), 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS, HP Imprint Finish (Dragon) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone, Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection and Bluetooth, 500GB 5400RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (250GB x 2), Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer, Integrated HP HDTV Hybrid TV Tuner and 4 Altec Lansing speakers with HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer, and 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery.

The entertainment notebooks will come with these software titles: Microsoft Office, Corel PaintShop Pro X2, Corel Painter Essentials, Corel Ulead Video Studio Plus 11.5, Symantec Norton Internet Security.

For the gamers in us the winners will receive the following... Read more

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First my psu and mobo
I replace them, a week later my gpu
And now i just ordered another CPU 20 min ago
Granted i did by all the parts close together. This has been very expensive. I pretty much changed everything but my SSD, hard drives and Bluray burner
Is this normal? or a freak occurrence? I tried to google about it and no topics about it.
I did get a GTX 970 and i just ordered a i7 4820k, from the i7 3820

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I just bought my refurb HP pavilion DV2915 four months ago, and ever since I have been ocd around it: no drinks, no food on the same table, putting it in a case when carrying it from room to room.

well its just my luck that today I absentmindedly put a glass of water on the right side of my laptop. I've done this a number of times but always have been lucky by realizing my mistake halfway through and and putting the glass on the floor.

But today I reached out to get scissors from my cup of pens and BAM, half a glass of water onto the right side of my keyboard.

Now, here's when I go into panic mode - I got my hairdryer, turned to the the high setting and left the blowdryer on the part that got water on it. The laptop is ON throughout this time seemingly fine. Then my keyboard starts typing "BBBBBBBB" repeatedly without me pressing it and wont stop. This is when I become smart and think to turn the laptop off, but then like an idiot turn it back on again to see if it is working. as the microsoft load bar is starting up, it freezes. I again panic and then pull out the battery without shutting it down properly. Now I run to my roomates computer and quickly search up what to do with a wet laptop. (I am using her computer now)

My face fell as I realized that what I have done is exactly what you should NOT do when trying to deal with a wet keyboard
1-do not use a blowdryer since it can blow dry water deeper into your laptop. the heat can also melt components ... Read more

A:Solved: Water Spilled on Laptop Keyboard - Short Circuit? HELP!

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Five days ago I accidentally knocked over a glass of water on my Asus ROG G551JM. After a few seconds, it shut itself off and I immediately unplugged it from electricity and wiped the water off as best I could. I then removed the battery and left the laptop upside down to dry for a day and a half before first trying to turn it back on. It seemed to work well for about 20 minutes before I got a BSoD 'DPC Watchdog Violation Error'. I restarted, and got a BSoD again, this time the 'System Thread Not Handled' error. It was at that time that keyboard began to behave strangely (ctrl registering as a letter, and some of the keys on the right side not working properly). I thought some of the components must still be wet, so I turned it off again, took out the battery and everything and placed it on cat litter sand for it to soak up any extra liquid.

After two and a half more days (today), I decided to give it another go. I plugged it in, and got the same 'System Thread Not Handled' BSoD again, as well as the 'n' key typing 'nj' (which is not too big of an issue considering I normally have my laptop connected with an extra keyboard and monitor). I've been googling the errors during the waiting days, and as unlikely as it seemed, people seemed to mostly suggest it would be a driver issue. I felt that couldn't really be the case since obviously water spill would sooner affect hardware than software, but I thought what ... Read more

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I have a computer that's old and infected.  
I want to repurpose it, and will replace the dinky, old drive, with a new, bigger, faster drive, and reinstall from scratch.  Also swapping out ram.
How common are bios/ram viruses?  i.e. I just want to make sure if I do the above without clearing out the current maleware/virus/trojan, the new install won't have the old crap there.
Thank you for your time!

A:chances of continued infection with new drive and install?

I would say that the chance malware changed the BIOS of your PC is low.
This type of malware exists in-the-wild, not only as a proof-of-concept, but it is not generic. AFAIK, there is no malware than can modify all types of BIOS.
What version of Windows did you have running on that old PC?

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