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It is fine to let it soak for a bit.
I actually spilled water on my rigs mainboard when I installed my loop. The PCB is very resistant to spills, the water ran right off. It is just the nooks and connectors that Hold water that are the issue.

The Isopropyl will dissolve so quickly after soaking it won't be an issue. Do as Xinoxide suggested thumb.gif
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Posting to see how this goes. Also a question to a previous response who said to "bake it". I have heard of this before, what is the exact procedure recommended for this? Temperature, time, anything to look out for, etc...
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heat would burn off the sugar, but it can be risky, I might do that if a good soaking does not work.
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I've only ever heard about it being done to graphic cards (and a egg box 360 RROD IIRC)

http://www.overclock.net/t/667139/what-temp-are-you-supposed-to-bake-your-video-card-at-how-long/0_100

I think heat would dry the sugar in place...
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I always keep my towers on the desk unless the case is so utterly huge (i.e. 900D, etc...) that doing so is not reasonable. My concern with floor-dwelllers in relation to what we've been talking about in this thread is spilling something on top of the case which would then be able to use the top ventilation most enthusiast cases have to drip down onto the expensive, shiny bits.

For the Alienware, I was obviously being careless leading up to the incident. It's hard for me to imagine it happening because I'm normally obsessive about its care. I kept it locked away in its own little compartment in a living room cabinet when it wasn't being used. Heck, crazy or not, I would even wash my hands before using it so I didn't get fingerprints all over the keyboard and track pad.

This situation could certainly be worse. My desktop is more than capable of doing everything the Alienware could so I'm covered there. To be completely honest the m18x has for the most part sat idle since I moved out to rural MN in August...
post #36 of 152
If your going to get a new one you might aswell soak the board. If it works after sell it if not sell it for parts
You could always look around for a used board for it
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Originally Posted by LtStinger View Post

Posting to see how this goes. Also a question to a previous response who said to "bake it". I have heard of this before, what is the exact procedure recommended for this? Temperature, time, anything to look out for, etc...

In the context you mention, I believe the baking was to re-flow the solder attaching a certain component to the main PCB. I've actually successfully done this with a 1st gen PS3 which started having GPU issues. That time, I used a heat gun and applied even heat over the GPU itself for a (I think) 30-seconds at a time. While the PS3 did eventually die beyond fixing the heat gun did manage to get it working again for a while.
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If your going to get a new one you might aswell soak the board. If it works after sell it if not sell it for parts
You could always look around for a used board for it

From what I can find, a good, working m18x motherboard is going to run from $400-500. You make a very good point: if I'm going to get rid of it anyway on the basis the motherboard is fried I really don't have anything to loose by soaking it.
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4 votes for soak it (counting your own! tongue.gif) best of luck
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post #40 of 152
+ 1 for soaking it. It will still be sold for parts either way, if you decide to go that route. Thoroughly dry it after.
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