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I posted this in another thread, but figured it could help others, as well as save some people headaches and/or money.
Before you do anything read this.

I'm a cell phone tech for Verizon wireless. I see water/liquid/beer damaged electronics every day.

First thing you want to do, other then make sure your computer is off ASAP, is keep an eye out for a white or whitish green powder forming where it got wet. Use PURE alcohol (rubbing alcohol would work, but it has water in it so unless you have no other choice, stay away.) and a toothbrush and scrub that crap off before sending it in, or they will know it's water damage and you will be screwed warranty wise.

If there is powder, this is actually electronic corrosion which happens insanely quick, I've seen it happen in hours, sometimes it can take days/weeks though depending on salinity.

Alcohol (PURE, 80% or better, I recommend contact cleaner which is made specifically for this purpose because it contains no water and you can get at radio shack)
will evaporate immediately so no need to dry.

And people, please never take a hairdryer to your electronics, heat is 100x worse then water for electronics (especially for the solder, and it hastens corrosion..) Air dry with fans are best and it takes up to 48 hours to completely dry.

PM me and let me know if you see any white powder, or mildew stuff forming on your motherboard. I will do my best as this is what I do for a living.

EDIT: if corrosion is present, your computer may or may not post. But if you clean it like I suggested, you may not even need to send it in.

~R
post #2 of 10
nice info. hope it will come in handy.
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If an electronic device gets wet. Do not turn the device on again until it has been completely dried out. Turning the device on too soon will fry the circuits, at which point there is no easy fix.

To completely dry out the device try Silica Gel Packets. There was a good article on associatedcontent.com that explains how to dry an iPod, MP3 player, cell phones, or any electronics. You need to place your electronic device in a zip lock bag with Silica Gel Packets. Silica Gel will remove all the moisture from the electronic device and its components, something air drying will not do!
Just Google "Silica Gel Packets" and you will find several companies selling these products. There is also a web site called: http://www.SilicaGelPackets.com that has them.
post #4 of 10
i don't think a hair dryer is hot enough to unsolder anything. many people dry out motherboards in the oven.
    
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thing is, how many people run their enthusiast motherboards with corrosion on them?

nice info though.
 
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They also say putting a wet component in rice, will dry it faster.
 
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There is also electrical spay cleaner made by CRC. It works very well.
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I’m planning a new workstation that will use a high end graphics card. I came to this website because many who visit it are not working in a company environment where the company is responsible for the reliability of the hardware. In my experience there has been a disconnect in companies between the user and the staff charged with computer hardware upkeep.

Since I will be responsible for upkeep and will be the ultimate user I have concerns based on previous experience. I have posted these concerns before on forums more related to engineering workstation usage and much of the feedback on cooling has not satisfied my concerns. That is due to experience with tech support at hardware vendors, which has shown some deterioration over time, and consequently is a real drag on available time to come to problem solutions.

What I am hoping to get from this forum is whether anyone is using modified fish tank coolers (http://c2.f3images.com/IMD/UserManuals/ED1151.pdf). The cooler will be connected to a graphics card heat sink. Lowest temperature settings on these coolers are according to model. Some I have found are specifically modified for PC cooling by the manufacturer. Present plans are to use a high end EVGA graphics card (350 Watts) that comes supplied with an integrated water cooled heat sink.

Since condensation could well become an issue I’ve found an inexpensive silica gel dehumidifier that indicates when the gel needs to have the accumulated moisture removed. The link is at: http://evadry.reachlocal.net/how_it_works.html This could be utilized in cases designed with a clear side panel so the dehumidifier moisture level can be monitored.

I would much appreciate any feedback from those of you who have considered or implemented the above solutions along with some indication of how effective they proved to be. Please don’t answer if you consider my solutions to be “overkill”, as I’ve heard all the arguments before and am determined to see to it that heat generation is minimized as a way to avoid calls to tech support.
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I had heard that if you get your electronics wet you should put them in rice. I think the idea behind this was that the rice will help soak up the fluids. Anyone else hear this?

edit. someone beat me to it!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TRSchmidtty;14813629 
I had heard that if you get your electronics wet you should put them in rice. I think the idea behind this was that the rice will help soak up the fluids. Anyone else hear this?

edit. someone beat me to it!

3 posts up, but yes.
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