Spilt tea on laptop

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  1. Cinnamonbun

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    Hey all,
    My partner has spilt tea on her laptop. The battery is internal but it was switched off instantly.

    I have placed it upside down on top of some absorbent towels. Is there anything else I can do or should be doing?

    Kind regards,
    Eric
     
  2. fad

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    Take it apart and clean liquid out of it. Depending on how much went it, it might be ok.
     
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    Thank you! It is a dell inspiron laptop, and I have just downloaded the disassembly manual. Should I be worried about ESD and the like or are laptop components fairly robust?
    Dumb question but, should I start immediately?

    Cheers :)
     
  4. havabeer

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    Call a priest.

    Honestly, let it dry for a few days if you can, but i think you'll be fine
     
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  5. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    And don't bother with the old rice trick, as above just open her up, get as much liquid off as possible and let it air out over a couple of days. Might need to take all the keys off and clean them out otherwise sticky keys :p
     
  6. Optimus.

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    Was it black tea or white tea?
     
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    Black tea... with milk...
     
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    Ah, well no use crying over it then.
     
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    AHAHAHA thanks, will it be okay?
     
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    If your partner turned it off straight away, rather than it turning itself of, there's a good chance of recovery.

    If you have the skills, try opening it up and looking where the tea might have gone. If you can see splashes and stains, clean them with a cotton tip (especially if they are on metal traces on the motherboard). Blobs of milk or biscuit might be conductive... If it looks like it's around the RAM or HDD, take them out too for a once-over. But if it's just tipped on to the keyboard, that's not so bad and you much just have to deal with some gummy keys until you clean it up.

     
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    i have tried with tea and coke and rum and bourbon and even water spills - end result is always the same
    pulled apart completely and cleaned with circuit cleaner etc and might work for a while or not turn on at all. if it does work it wont work for long...

    best bet is to pull the hdd and see what you can recover (if anything) and buy a new laptop - it will never be the same again.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Definitely! And something I forgot to mention, if it does operate normally again then secure important hard drive files first before anything else.
     
  13. Groff

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    You'd be surprised where liquid accumulates in a laptop.
    As suggested, you really need to pull it apart and clean with iso or contact cleaner.
    I found water pooled inside a 2.5" ssd in a laptop that had a liquid spill.
    Lucky it was an SSD and not spinning rust (literally!).

    You may find you need to replace the keyboard as liquid can short the contacts.

    Dell, thankfully, have excellent manuals on their support page where you enter your service tag, that explain in detail how to disassemble/assemble your laptop.
     
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    "jUsT pUt It In RiCe!!1!"

    To be real though you may need to pull it apart and hand dry it/clean it.
     
  15. MR CHILLED

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    Similar places to your lunch bread crumbs I imagine.
     
  16. Green Apple

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    I’ve seen so many laptops survive ridiculous liquid damage with a prescription of isopropyl, time, effort and some work if you can open it up and clean up. Or alternatively you could try take it to a repair place if you’re not comfortable.
     

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