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Old May 9th 2007, 11:42 pm
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Default Spilt Wine on My Laptop - What to do?!

Last night I was writing up some blog stuff whilst enjoying a glass of cab sav, when - clumsy bastard that I am - I managed to spill around half of it onto the laptop keyboard.

Ooops

It still works <phew!>, but now when I turn it on it makes a long drawn out beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, and Toni then found that a few of the keys don't work - backspace and the number 2 keys specifically.

Have I borked it? Can I rescue it? I have less clue about 'puters than I do about women. And Toni'll tell you - that ain't much

Please, all BE I.T. guru's - Help!
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Old May 9th 2007, 11:49 pm
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Lick it off. The wine will be fine its only a day old

Dunno about the laptop though
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Default Re: Spilt Wine on My Laptop - What to do?!

Originally Posted by Wiz'n'Ton View Post
Last night I was writing up some blog stuff whilst enjoying a glass of cab sav, when - clumsy bastard that I am - I managed to spill around half of it onto the laptop keyboard.

Ooops

It still works <phew!>, but now when I turn it on it makes a long drawn out beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, and Toni then found that a few of the keys don't work - backspace and the number 2 keys specifically.

Have I borked it? Can I rescue it? I have less clue about 'puters than I do about women. And Toni'll tell you - that ain't much

Please, all BE I.T. guru's - Help!
My advice would have been to not turn it on until you get the keyboard dried out by a PC geek. Too late for that now though.
I would take it along to a repairer and get them to strip down the keyboard and clean it up for you. Should be fine then.
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Cheers Paul. I turned it off straight away, mopped up (and licked off, cheers Jack ) the wine, then left it overnight.

Just tried it before I came to work this a.m. and it's not very happy. Time to get a PC geek involved - but where do I find one of them?

Any ChCh'ians know of a decent chappy? Hell, who am I kidding, I wouldn't know if they were decent or not, so just a chappy would do fine!
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Default Re: Spilt Wine on My Laptop - What to do?!

Originally Posted by Wiz'n'Ton View Post
Cheers Paul. I turned it off straight away, mopped up (and licked off, cheers Jack ) the wine, then left it overnight.

Just tried it before I came to work this a.m. and it's not very happy. Time to get a PC geek involved - but where do I find one of them?

Any ChCh'ians know of a decent chappy? Hell, who am I kidding, I wouldn't know if they were decent or not, so just a chappy would do fine!
Keyboards are usually sealed away from the internals. Sticky keys is the residue from the wine and the long beep is probably due to that as well as it boots up. I think you'll find that the keys just pop off as per all keyboards. They get cluttered with all sorts of filth over time and need a regular clean

The only concern is if any liquid tracked into one of your ports,dvd drive bay etc so I wouldn't be too keen on plugging any peripherals into it until I'd had a real good peep at the terminals. Last thing you want is to short something then you're in real grief.
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Nice one nzer57 - I'll check it out tonight.

Cheers!
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Originally Posted by Wiz'n'Ton View Post
Nice one nzer57 - I'll check it out tonight.

Cheers!
Don't know that 'Cheers' is the best word given the situation!
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Originally Posted by Jack The Lad View Post
Lick it off. The wine will be fine its only a day old

Dunno about the laptop though

use a straw, and squash the end to get it betwen the keys.....
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Originally Posted by Wiz'n'Ton View Post
Nice one nzer57 - I'll check it out tonight.

Cheers!
Hi there.

Try Need a Nerd. Aparently they're pretty good and they come to your house. Worth a call.... http://www.needanerd.co.nz/

Good luck,
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Default Re: Spilt Wine on My Laptop - What to do?!

Originally Posted by Wiz'n'Ton View Post
Last night I was writing up some blog stuff whilst enjoying a glass of cab sav, when - clumsy bastard that I am - I managed to spill around half of it onto the laptop keyboard.

Ooops

It still works <phew!>, but now when I turn it on it makes a long drawn out beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, and Toni then found that a few of the keys don't work - backspace and the number 2 keys specifically.

Have I borked it? Can I rescue it? I have less clue about 'puters than I do about women. And Toni'll tell you - that ain't much

Please, all BE I.T. guru's - Help!
I am so pleased someone else does this...although I usually spill Grand Marnier over mine.

My latest 'accident'...I tried to clean the laptop screen with a wet cloth. Now I've got stains behind the screen.
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use a straw, and squash the end to get it betwen the keys.....
Well, what else is there to say to that except:

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This happened to us!! yes it is a sealed unit, we have an acer, new keyboard $99 straight from acer, $20 to be fitted. Leave it in the airing cupboard.
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wiz
In the short term you could get an external keyboard and plug that in if your confident no liquid went into the internals.
should only cost a few dollars wont it


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use a straw, and squash the end to get it betwen the keys.....
Thats very good advice Southerner
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Default Re: Spilt Wine on My Laptop - What to do?!

Originally Posted by Wiz'n'Ton View Post
Last night I was writing up some blog stuff whilst enjoying a glass of cab sav, when - clumsy bastard that I am - I managed to spill around half of it onto the laptop keyboard.

Ooops

It still works <phew!>, but now when I turn it on it makes a long drawn out beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, and Toni then found that a few of the keys don't work - backspace and the number 2 keys specifically.

Have I borked it? Can I rescue it? I have less clue about 'puters than I do about women. And Toni'll tell you - that ain't much

Please, all BE I.T. guru's - Help!
cotton wool bud and some lighter fluid
dip bud into some fluid
prise off each key (one at time) and clean underneath it and on the pad itself
replace key - move onto next one
make sure switched off too!
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