Spilled on a keyboard, doesn't work anymore

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  1. Drjones

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    Friend of mine (same one with the RAID laptop that had me stumped the other week) dumped liquid on his keyboard and most of the keys won't work now.

    He sprayed it with electrical contact cleaner, but it didn't help matters much. I also told him to just let it dry naturally, which he has for hours, and still doesn't work.

    Anything else we should try, or just replace it? If we need to replace it, are there any good laptop parts sources you guys could recommend?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Detectorist

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    Take the KB out of the computer, blow dry a few minutes with low heat, put aside and reinstall KB in about a week. It takes more than 4 hours to dry.
     

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    I heard the fridge would work good for that. Take the KB out and put it in the fridge...it supposed to dehumidify it
     
  4. cgwahl

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    In addition to what Detectorist said, it couldn't hurt to stick it in a container of rice.
     
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    :agree: The rice will absorb the moisture in water damaged electronics ...
     
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    It's History.....go get another.....cheap!
     
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    This... I've never had much luck w/ some of the tricks in this thread, but that's not to say they don't work. Of course depending on the laptop, replacing a keyboard can be a monumental pain in the neck. I got the keyboard for my Acer laptop on Ebay for about $15 shipped(new), and it took about 10-15min to install. Very easy.

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    Oh dumb me didn't see on laptop.....thought just keyboard... :sorry:
     
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    Apart from other uses of rice, even cellphones dunked in the swimming pool...rice is the answer. It is not just a drying agent -- you can eat it too...:whistling:
     
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    Thanks a lot guys. I passed along the rice tip to my buddy, will report back when we get this resolved one way or another.....
     
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    What liquid?
    Even tap water has minerals in it and when dry will leave them and short out the keyboard.

    Best bet is to clean and rinse it well with distilled water. No minerals.
    Then dry with a blow dryer.
     
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    Not sure. Probably either soda or water....I'll find out.
     
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    If it was soda, coffee (with or without creamer (grin), hot chocolate, milk, or some other non water only liquid you can try soaking it in a bathtup of warm water to cleanse it, then do the rice/refrigerator trick.

    With the time that you and your friend have invested in this so far, you could have purchased a new entry level keyboard already... MS Wave keyboard I can understand, but the standard 101 keyboard is very inexpensive.

    There was a time when I was making $25 per keyboard and I used the bathtub trick all the time...

    Good Luck with this...
     
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    It probably depends on the laptop. Some are pretty expensive, most have aftermarket Hong Kong models that seem to work fine. Also, if its something he can't tackle himself(some of them I've read are a bear)...

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    Thanks for the tip & I understand what you're saying, but the only time I have invested is posting about it here. ;)

    Well, that and I spent 30 seconds on Google finding a replacement board, which my buddy ordered for $20.

    As far as taking it apart, he figured out how to get the keyboard out himself, I have an old Dell laptop I've taken apart many times. I'm pretty comfortable taking apart most laptops.

    Thanks guys!!