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Water Spilled on Comp. Where should I start to fix it?

post #1 of 18
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Hi guys looking for some help.

TLDR: Spilled water on my comp, and it is now completely dead. What should be my first step in starting to fix it?

So a few months ago I spilled water on my rig, and it hasn't turned on since. I'll try to be descriptive as possible because while I used to be really well versed in this sort of stuff, (I built this rig myself quite a few years ago) but I have lost a lot of my knowledge of the subject and would really appreciate any help to get me going again. Basically this was my gaming rig for a number of years but with university and what not I kind of lost the time for it, which is why it has taken me so long to finally tackle this problem.

So I spilled a decent amount of water down the top part of the case. And I have the antec 900 with the big fan on top so I'm assuming a lot of it got in the case. It was turned off at the time it happened but I didn't even really notice I had spilled on it at the time (exam period was really hectic) so I just left it. But the next day I went to turn it on and there was a pool of water on the top little tray thing between the fan and the usb ports, so I cleaned that up and looked inside the case and there didn't seem to be any water pooled anywhere in the bottom of the case and from what I could tell the parts themselves didn't look wet or damp. So I prayed that no water actually got in the case but when I tried to turn it on it was completely dead nothing would happen when I hit the power button.

What should I do to get started on fixing this? Buying a whole new rig isn't really an option its old but it can still keep up with what I want it to do, but I understand I'm going to have to buy some new parts.

Is there anything I can do to test what is most likely broken and get my comp running?

Here are my specs even though I don't really think it will affect anything.
-Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Dual Core Processor
-EVGA Nforce 750I SLI FTW
-OCZ Reaper 4GB DDR2 2X2GB
-OCZ GameXStream 700W
- 2x EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 670MHZ 512MB

Any help is greatly appreciated THANKS!!
post #2 of 18
my guess is your motherboard is fried and who knows what else... i would actually work backwards on this, try to see if parts work on their own... ie. try the video card, then the ram, etc. and see what works.
post #3 of 18
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This is going to prove difficult as I only have that one platform, no other comp or tower to test it in. Is there any way to test parts without using another system?
post #4 of 18
Pull the PSU out and learn how to conduct a paper clip test. I bet your PSU is fried since it was probably still "ON" when this occured. Aside from that I bet everything else is fine and dry by now.
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post #5 of 18
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Thanks Maxxa!!

I will google/youtube paperclip test and try it out and hopefully not to send 700W through my body. Yes I usually left the back PSU switch on (as I think most people do). Also is it good practice to constantly turn this off when your comp is off or does it not really matter? For future reference, and maybe save other possible water spilling problems I have.

Hopefully its just the PSU that would most likely be the best case scenario.
post #6 of 18
Here try this guide.

http://aphnetworks.com/lounge/turn_on_psu_without_motherboard_the_paperclip_trick

ALSO I would tun the PSU off if I had a habit of drinking over my PC which I don't cause it's 5 feet from where I sit (yay wireless tech). I woudln't advise turnin it off all the time though it probably can't hurt.
Edited by Maxxa - 12/6/11 at 11:08am
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post #7 of 18
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Thanks that looks like exactly what I need to test the different components without another case!

Ill let you guys know how it goes.
post #8 of 18
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Pull the PSU out and learn how to conduct a paper clip test. I bet your PSU is fried since it was probably still "ON" when this occured. Aside from that I bet everything else is fine and dry by now.

This for sure start with PSU I've had soo many problems with bad psu's and its usually the last thing I check.

paper clip trip is a life saver

you can also get a PSU tester for about $15 from mwave/newegg/local computer shops

the next thing I'd do is pull everything out of your case and set it on some cardboard/phone books and try and power it up there (touching a flat head screw driver to both the pins for the power switch at the same time)


to rule out any case shorts.

and go from there...pull everything and the plug in one at a time and try testing that way.


does that Mobo have a power light so you can see if power is getting to it?
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post #9 of 18
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Hey guys, update time!

So I got off work and rushed home. When I plug my computer into a power outlet my Mobo lights do turn on! So what would be the next step to take from here? I have already attempted to take out one stick of RAM, turn it on, then replace it, take the other one out and try again but to no avail. My power button has always been a sticky and has never turned on sometimes when I push it. I have to put a lot of effort into pushing it sometimes. Maybe the problem is much more simple then we think?

Any help would be appreciated and thanks to have helped me so far!
post #10 of 18
definitely unplug the power supply and test it using the paper clip method
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