Computers and Beverages Don’t Mix

June 16, 2010

This week, another one of our clients spilled a beverage on their computer. When drinking a beverage while using your computer, remember to set your beverage at least 3 feet from your computer and keyboard. Nobody expects to spill a beverage on their computer, but it happens quite often. Especially with laptops because people use them in many different places including kitchen tables.

I personally learned this lesson the hard way. When it does happen, what damage is done depends on several different factors. We sincerely hope this never happens to you, but if it does, here are some things to keep in mind.

If your computer was turned on at the time and is still running, immediately unplug it. If the beverage was water, you should be able to completely dry it inside and out. Once dry, there is a good chance it will turn on and be fine. If your beverage was something other than water, then it will probably be sticky when it dries out.  In that case, any moving parts that the beverage touched may not function or could be shorted out. We recommend you call us in this case, especially for a laptop.

If your computer was on at the time of the spill and it popped, smoked, or turned off on its own, then some damage has been done. How much is hard to predict. If the spill was on the keyboard, the fix can be as easy as replacing the keyboard. However, it can be as bad as frying the motherboard in addition to other components.

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