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Hola peoples,

Alright, so last night I just so happened to be playing some old school Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and drinking a beer. As is often the case with Sid's games, I played until I didn't realize I wasn't actually awake anymore, and ended up spilling the beer on my laptop. Unfortunately, the person I was with doesn't know anything about computers, so instead of waking me up to have me deal with it, she just took the laptop, closed it (didn't turn it off first, joy!) and left it on the table until the morning, when I opened it up, noticed it was soaked, and quickly shut it down, took the battery out, turned it upside down and left it in the sun for a while. (I'm currently in Haiti, the sun here is damn hot.)

Unfortunately, after letting it dry for a while, I booted it up, and while the computer itself seems to be fine, the keyboard is a little jacked. A few keys don't work as intended, for example the backspace key does both a backspace and then \\. The only reason I can type this at the moment is I have a USB keyboard attached.

So, given I'm in Haiti and can't take it to a repair place (it is still under warranty, and HP doesn't need to know I spilled beer on it...) what are your suggestions for fixing it myself? Is it even a good idea? Should I just wait until I'm back in the States and use a USB keyboard in the interim?

Thanks,
Q
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Id say just use a usb keyboard till u get back the the states, chances are if u open it u might run the risk of screwing something up further, which would definitely void your warranty.
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I spilled some vodka and hennessey on my brother's laptop.. keeps beeping and coming up with errors and the screen is dim...
I owe him a laptop
Anyone know a fix? lol
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The only way you are going to get rid of all the beer leftovers is opening it and dissembling the motherboard until you reach the keyboard and then do a thorough cleaning.

In the meantime, I have this crazy idea: if you can put the laptop opened, with the keyboard upside down and then somehow use some upwards squirting of 91% alcohol, that might help clean the innards.
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Originally Posted by getbigtony View Post
I spilled some vodka and hennessey on my brother's laptop.. keeps beeping and coming up with errors and the screen is dim...
I owe him a laptop
Anyone know a fix? lol
I'd say don't power it up after a spill, for one. Second, take it apart, pull out the motherboard and give it a 90% alcohol bath. Or you could just use a ton of Q-tips/cotton swabs to wipe it down. Then dry it for a couple days (minimally 1 day). In the future make sure your brother gets a spill-proof laptop, pretty much any business-class laptop(thinkpads for sure, possibly elitebooks/latitudes) can drain the spills out the bottom without hitting any internals.

http://www.parod.net/how-to-fix-a-wa...bbing-alcohol/

Same fix for OP I'd imagine, except just do it for the circuits on the keyboard.
 
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