Spilled water in my computer...help please!!

April 12, 2012 at 17:20:16
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Phenom II X6 3.2 GHz/8gb
Hey guys,

I have an antec case with a huge fan on top and i spilled water on my desk and a decent amount got in my computer.

I unplugged it right away but when I opened the case water had gotten on my videocard, ram and probably motherboard. I dried it up, used a hairdryer and let it sit for a few days before trying to turn it on.

I tried turning it on a few days later. Lights and fans turn on. Nothing on screen, no keyboard lights or mouse lights. Theres a light on my motherboard that is solid red that says DRAM LED. So i'm assuming somethings wrong with the RAM. Also no beeps from motherboard. Even if I try booting with no ram.

I have tried each one individually with no sucess.

Do you guys think I fried my motherboard? Any ways to check if my ram is the problem.
Any other suggestions?


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April 12, 2012 at 17:55:21
unfortunately it sounds like it. Will it beep if you yank the video card.....nevermind no display, just curious if it notices it missing or not. Do you have another computer.....some components like the hard drive maybe ok, but I would unplug all the peripherals, just so they do not short out if they aren't already. I would try and find what is salvageable. If you were really really lucky, maybe the power supply shorted out and is not supplying the correct voltage, but you can test that, with a tester or multimeter if you don't have a tester. The most probable is the board, hopefully some components can be saved.

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April 12, 2012 at 17:58:13
yeah I took a couple hard drives out. they still work. just hope the cpu and videocard are ok. I guess replacing the motherboard wouldnt be that big of a deal.

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April 12, 2012 at 17:58:18
I know it doesn't help, but once I finished off a computer job, all I had to do was plug in a dial up modem to the laptop. I gave a little tug on the cord and it knocked a glass of water right into the powered up laptop.......a laptop worth maybe $100 and I paid the lady $400 cash (what she says she paid her son for it). It happens and it's not usually nice.

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April 12, 2012 at 17:58:47
Water is a deadly danger to all electronic components and all components that have been exposed to it must be replaced if you wish to have a reliable computer. In a situation such as this indicator lights on the motherboard mean only that it is receiving power, nothing more.

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April 12, 2012 at 18:06:11
hah damn, guess I was a little too optimistic. lesson learned - water+computers not a good idea

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April 12, 2012 at 18:30:43
Water is used on almost every production line on the planet. It is not bad for electronic gear.

The problem is with the water. Water used in the industry is pure or very pure water. One can generally use distilled water to clean off simple spills. YOU HAVE to be very careful about drying it. You can use a hair drier at a distance or maybe a shop vac if you use a cardboard or paper extension to dry it off. I'd clean open it all up minus the cpu and clean in and dry it. Be sure to protect from esd. Common paper used in printers is pretty good to place parts on. Better to have the silver bags. Pink bags are not that good. A spark can go through it.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^

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April 12, 2012 at 21:37:03
As mentioned, it is the minerals and other impurities that are left behind when the water dries that will continue to conduct electricity from one place on a circuit to another and cause all sorts of problems. You can carefully clean the surface of a circuit board with a high grade of rubbing alcohol using q-tips and remove these deposits and let them dry again, but this is best done before you reapply any power to the system.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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