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#1 Feb 26 2012 at 6:28 AM Rating: Decent
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Wat do?
#2 Feb 26 2012 at 7:20 AM Rating: Good
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Walk away. It was a cheating ***** anyway,

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#3 Feb 26 2012 at 7:41 AM Rating: Good
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Let it dry and pray?
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#4 Feb 26 2012 at 8:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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#6 Feb 26 2012 at 8:22 AM Rating: Decent
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Aripyanfar wrote:
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Go to the kitchen and get another one.
#7 Feb 26 2012 at 9:16 AM Rating: Good
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Are we talking desktop or laptop? If it's the desktop, I'd unplug it and open the Chassis to let it dry thoroughly before using it again.

If laptop.... IDK.
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#8 Feb 26 2012 at 9:23 AM Rating: Decent
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Why does this thread give me such a strange feeling of déjà vu
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#9 Feb 26 2012 at 11:46 AM Rating: Excellent
It sounds like you have a drinking problem, Ari.
#10 Feb 26 2012 at 12:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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You didn't specify what kind of computer you have. That alone could help with how to possibly save it.

If it's a desktop?
unplug it and take all of the other accessory's off. (Unplug everything from it)
Open the case and drain what you can out of it. If your a certified geek you can
disassemble it and dry each piece with a hair dryer. (Do not get to close to the
boards or heat them up a bunch.) Let dry for a day or more and then reassemble and
turn it on and pray! If your not a geek blow it out as best as you can and then put a
fan on it for a good day. Then try turning it on. Make sure there is no water in it at

Tip it on it's side and drain whatever is left inside. Then blow it out with warm air.
Do this several times in the day. in-between let a fan blow air through it if you can.
Do this for a day or more. Do not turn it on until your certain it is dry!

It may seem tedious but water is a computers worst nightmare. Any water left on circuit boards can short it
out and toast it for good. Being dry is the most important thing.

Edited, Feb 26th 2012 1:02pm by Tailmon

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#11 Feb 26 2012 at 2:14 PM Rating: Excellent
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My kids did the same thing with my desktop with a can of coke. I drained it out, used rubbing alcohol to wipe it so that sugar wouldnt get stuck on it. I used a small space heater to blow warm air across it for a day. Rewiped the circuits with rubbing alcohol. The HDD didnt get anything inside it but the casing had some coke on it, to be safe I wiped that down again with RA and placed it in a ziplock bag with some rice to absorb any moisture still on it. I had it running 2 days later no problem.
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#12 Feb 26 2012 at 4:41 PM Rating: Excellent
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If it was off when you did so, and it was just water, you should be ok. you'll want to dissasemble it as soon as possibleand seperate any of the connections that have water in them. If it got in the power supply, don't try salvaging the power supply, buy a new one. All the other components should be safe once they dry out.

Get a can of compressed computer cleaning air and thouraghly spray dry anything that got wet, then set them on a clean cloth to dry. If you can find them, those silicon beeds they put in beef Jerky packs can be useful if you have 5 or 6 of them in a sealed container to absorb moisture you can't get to. Definitly wait 24 hours for everything to dry before you attempt to turn it on.

The really critical sections are going to be the processor socket, the power lead sockets, the PCI-e sockets, the core voltage socket and any surface water remaining on the interface cards, or places where pooling could occur.

If the water got in the optical drive, consider just scrapping and replacing the dvd drive, as optical drives are cheap

if it got near the hard drives, you will want to check that it didn't get between the drive body and the drive controller board. If those are dry, you should be ok. if they are wet, you will need to remove the controller board carefully, dry underneith, then reattach it. That will require a special TORX style screwdriver bit. Avoid that unless you are pretty sure water got in though, as otherwise you could lose data if you reassemble incorrectly.

keep in mind water flows. Check any cables near the initial spill point and see if any water followed them down to sockets via Capilariy action.

If you spilled in a fan port, the fan will be fine as soon as it is dry. Other than that, just take your time and make sure its dry everywhere before you attempt to fire it back up.

If it was on when the water hit it, and it shorted out, let me know. If that's the case you probably ahve permanent damage, but many of your components should be salvagable.
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#13 Feb 26 2012 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
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#14 Feb 26 2012 at 6:24 PM Rating: Good
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I poured a glass of wine in my new laptop years ago. We returned it under warranty - lucky me.
#15 Feb 27 2012 at 9:22 AM Rating: Good
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Let it dry and pray?

This seems to have done the trick. I posted this thread on someone's ipad, while I was letting it dry.

Thankyou humbly for the more detailed answers. Oh it's a desktop sitting under my desk. Yes, I do seem to have a drinking problem.
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