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Water on motherboard - full tower desktop

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Hello everyone.
First of all, sorry if im in the wrong part of the forum. I would like to ask something.

Today accidently a glass of water got wet my computer. The glass fell ontop of the open desktop. The water went to mobo, hdd, vga and psu.
The screen went black immediately but the computer didnt stop working. I quick closed it with keeping the power button pressed.
I used hair dryer to dry off the parts of the computer. After 10 minutes i tried to start the computer with success.
In linux and/or windows i didnt see any hardware isues.

Just three questions:
1. what happend when the water droped on my machine and the screen went black?
2. im just lucky or the motherboard had something like a trigger to shutdown the system when the water fell?
3. can you suggest me a good software tool to detect problems?

Some hardware info:
mobo msi 970a am3+
cpu fx 8150
gpu msi gtx 560ti

Thank you for your time.
Edited by manolos - 8/22/13 at 12:01pm
post #2 of 7
First off, you are indeed lucky that it didn't fry itself. The board likely had a small amount of circuit protection and the GPU was probably on the circuit that shorted. As to what happened, water can conduct electricity. The water hit multiple circuits and likely overloaded a few protections. By doing the power down you saved your components some damage, but it is still possible that there is some electronic circuit damage. I don't really know of any software that can assess hardware damage. You just need to be careful and watch for system problems. biggrin.gif Congrats on not killing your system!
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Thank you Terrere.
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No real way frown.gif Only time will tell
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Make sure your capacitors are not bulging and be sure to check with a flashlight or something and physical damage. Burnt smell/black streaks/etc
 
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Thank you all for your time. Maybe ill take the tower for a check to a shop near me.
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A shop is going to charge you a lot of money just too look at it I would look at it yourself.

Let it air out for a day or so make sure it is fully dry to, but you sure did get lucky. (be careful with the hair dryer I used one on some parts for my case and it got to hot and deformed one of the parts)
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