Girlfriend spilled a little water into her Dell laptop through the keyboard

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  1. Sammo

    Sammo New Member

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    Not sure how much, but it sounds like "just a little".

    Does anyone have any advice? I am pretty sure I have screwdriver that would fit the job. I know this would likely void the warranty and I am also worried about breaking the laptop by opening it.
     
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    By the way, she turned it off when it happened (4 hours ago or so) and hasn't turned it on since.
     
  3. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i would let it dry out over a couple of days, at least overnight

    you could attempt to remove the keyboard and inspect for damage, but it sounds like you'd rather not do that
     
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    Just let it sit for a while and remove the battery to make sure no power is running through it. If id did not mess up initially, then letting it dry out for a few days you should be ok.
     
  5. jmechy

    jmechy Calmer then you are.

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    Your lucky it was just water. Like the guys above said, just let it dry for a day or so, and cross your fingers.
     
  6. DAN513

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    Most dell laptop keyboards are really easy to take off, there's a plastic cover that runs the length of the keyboard up top between the top of the keyboard and the 2 hinges for the screen. There should be a flathead screwdriver hole on both ends. CAREFULLY pry it up, all the way across. Once it's off, you'll see a pair of screws under it. Undo them and the keyboard lifts up from the back. There are still 2 little tabs under the front end of the keyboard down by the touchpad. Under that, there should be a single ribbon cable that connects from the back of the keyboard to the chassis of the laptop. It should pop right out.
    Take it out and let it dry, a day minimum. It will help to point a fan at it for a while, just don't use heat.
     
  7. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    For some reason I just really want to say to dry it in a microwave.

    I feel better now.
     
  8. TomBrady

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    wow dude..
    i have a wireless keybaord and wired before..ive spilled coke, milk water ice cream, soup, food , chips, spit, tea, coffee..basicaly everysingle thing imaginable..it still works fine lol..i just ripped the space bar to make itunsticky, air in a can , and alcohol wipes..
     

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