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post #11 of 48
put it in rice. Rice will also completely dry out a cell phone that's gotten wet.

I doubt that it's ruined. If dust can't get in, water probably can't get in either.
post #12 of 48
Guys remember, water only kills electronics if current is going through it at the time. Otherwise you can get it as wet as you want and as long as its completely dry by the time current goes through it, it'll be fine.

I left a CPU outside in a lightning storm, tonnes and tonnes of rain, all night and I just put it in a bowl of rice and whacked that into the airing cupboard for 24 hours and gave it a 15 min blast with a hairdryer after and it still worked fine after.
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Get some 90% isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) and clean it off with that..the alcohol will make the water evaporate quickly.
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Just leave it at the sun at balcony or something to let it dry properly smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by giganews35;13782203 
Get some 90% isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) and clean it off with that..the alcohol will make the water evaporate quickly.

The alcohol displaces the water, then the alcohol evaporates. Close though.
post #16 of 48
Water isn't so dangerous. Many years ago when I was a computer repair guy, one customer brought us a couple of computers that survived an office fire. We are talking deformed plastic cases and motherboards blacked from soot.
Insurance company wanted them cleaned to see if they still worked.
So I took of the motherboards and dismounted whatever I could and of to the bathroom.
After a heavy water cleaning, I used an air compressor to remove the water and let them for the day.
Next day after assembling they powered on with no problem.
post #17 of 48
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Thanks everyone. I'll give it some heat now with a hair dryer and an electric heater and set up my loop for leak testing while the CPU sits in a bowl of rice. 24 hours of leak testing should be enough time for the rice to do its magic, but another round of heat should just to be on the safe side.
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post #18 of 48
You shouldn't have to go through a bunch of stuff like that man, but better safe than sorry I guess. A friend spilled an entire beer down into my case when it was lying flat one night with the side case off. The computer was even turned on at the time. I let it sit, powered off of course, over night. Placed a fan over it for about 4 hours and fired it up, worked with no problems. Put the cpu in front of a fan or a very small heat source with a blower for a few hours to be sure and you should be fine.
post #19 of 48
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The alcohol displaces the water, then the alcohol evaporates. Close though.

Its 6 a.m. I haven't gone to sleep yet, lol
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post #20 of 48
Water isn't scary. I would be worried about whether there was some amount of oil in the mix that is going to get all penetratey in the IHS and behave strangely when you put everything back together and get some heat going.
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