So you have spilled something on your laptop. Whether you place your glass too close to your computer or use it to play music at a party and your Elaine dance did not go as planned, you may be reading this article on your phone furiously as you try to figure out how you can save your precious laptop from the liquid you just spilled on it.
It is important to note that when your laptop gets wet, time is essential. You must switch off remove the plug from the wall socket and immediately remove the battery . Every second counts. Don't bother taking the right steps to turn it off ̵
In case of a wet laptop emergency
Step 1: Remove all components that can be easily removed. Disconnect your mouse and any cables and remove any flash drives and DVD & # 39; s. Expose your laptop.
Step 2: Dry the outside of your machine. Open your laptop as far as possible, turn it upside down, and wipe off any wet surfaces that you see with a towel or other lint-free absorbent. The type of liquid is important: water is the least corrosive, while sugary and alcoholic liquids are the most harmful. Anyway, the goal is to minimize their effects by immediately drying the computer.
Step 3: We recommend that you use the warranty at this time if it is still applicable or take your machine to a repair shop.
If you do not want a professional to look at it for you, there are still some steps you can take to try to dry out your machine. However, keep in mind that neither Digital Trends nor the author are liable for damage to your machine by disassembling it.
Break it Down
While old laptops opened the process and easily removed components, that is not really the case with modern laptops. We would not recommend doing a lot to them unless yours makes the process relatively painless because it is easy to damage a laptop by taking it apart and the last thing we want to do is make the situation worse. That said, here are some steps you can take if your laptop allows it.
Step 1: If you have not already done so and your laptop allows it, remove the battery. This can usually be achieved by pressing a switch or button on the bottom of your laptop.
Step 2: If you are concerned about fluid leaking through the entire system, to components such as your memory and storage drive, you can also remove it. On some laptops you will find panels that you can use to remove them at the bottom. In most cases, however, you must use a Phillips or Torx screwdriver to remove them. Press the side clamps with the memory to eject each stick. With the solid-state drive or hard drive, you probably need to loosen more screws to remove them from the frame. Be sure to carefully disconnect it from the power and data connection ports or cables.
Step 3: Examine each component that you have removed to check for signs of moisture or corrosion. Wet parts must be dried, but if the liquid is anything other than water, you want to wipe it (you can use a cotton swab) with 99 percent isopropyl alcohol – this will dissolve slurry without causing damage and evaporate without leaving a residue.
Step 4: When you are finished, you want to leave everything alone to dry in the air for two to three days in a warm, dry room. A fan speeds up the drying process. Do not use a hairdryer as this can cause static problems. After you take your machine apart and give the components time to dry, you can follow the instructions in reverse order to reassemble your laptop and see if it works.
Hopefully everything will be fine, but if not, you will want to take it to a repair center.
If your laptop cannot be taken apart
What if you have a Surface Book 2 or MacBook or another laptop that refuses to take it apart? This situation drastically reduces your options, so you have to take it to a repair center.
Between the moment liquid is spilled on your keyboard and the moment you bring it to the store, this is what you can do: Turn your machine upside down and wipe visible moisture with a towel.
Then place it on a dry surface – an excellent option is a large bag of rice, because rice is sufficiently absorbent to remove fluid its way in through the slits of your keyboard. Use a large bag, lots of rice and put everything in a warm, dry room. Feel free to turn on a fan to speed up the process until you can transport your laptop to a repair shop.
To protect your laptop in the future, we recommend investing in a silicone or clear plastic keyboard, a waterproof laptop skin for the upper and lower half of the case and a waterproof laptop screen protector. You can also take your laptop with you in a great laptop bag. Make sure you do not cover any ventilation openings and use scissors to cut the skin if necessary to ensure that your ventilation openings remain free.
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