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Recovery of spilled with liquid DELL notebook

Artem Makarov aka Robin
26.10.2008
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For sure, people dealing with computer are quite different. But all of them have common features. One of them is a habit to eat meal and take favourite drinks without stirring a step from the electronic friend.

The habit sometimes leads to bad consequences, not only that a keyboard is always dropped with crumbs, but any clumsy movement becomes a reason of spilling tea, coffee or beer on the most sensitive places of a computer.

The most unpleasant things happen with notebooks. Once a client (on my friend's recommendation) brought to me a luxurious DELL notebook, with a yellow cover, generously washed with sweet tea.

DELL notebook, spilled with liquid

DELL notebook, spilled with liquid

After a tea rain the user showed uncommon competency. I insist that all users should add the consequence of actions to their arsenal. In 3 seconds the accumulator was disconnected from the notebook. Everything that could be wiped was wiped away with a piece of soft cloth. And then he immediately started to search for an expert who could dismantle a notebook and obviate consequences of liquid spilling inside the device. The sooner it was done the better was the probability to help with small losses.

In that case tea spilled a keyboard together with a metal platform under it, a bit of tea spilled the system board and, strange though it might seem, a hard drive section. Liquid traces were wiped away with isopropyl alcohol; inside the storage I saw a wet printed circuit board and a lining between the board and the hermetic zone. I wiped the printed circuit boar with alcohol, and a lining had to be washed and then dried.

Cleaned with alcohol and dismantled notebook was getting dry for a night, and in the morning, after assembling, it worked as usual.

Summary: be careful!

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