spilled coffe on expensive keyboard

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July 23, 2009 at 05:39:50
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
I accidently spilled some coffee on my Logitech G-15 gaming keyboard . I immediatly turned it upside down to prevent the liquid from seeping any deeper into the keyboard then it may have already ! Then I used a can of compressed air and blew out as much of the liquid as possible and using a lightly dampened towel wiped the keyboard off , I then proceeded to remove some of the keys a the center point of spill and clean them and the keyboard ! Unfortunatly all my efforts where futile the keyboard thou the backlite keys still lite up will not work ,as soon as I touch a key it freezes up my PC and folders start to radomly open and continue to faster then I can shut them down with the mouse ! The only way I can turn PC off would be with a forced shut down holding the power button in till it turns off ! This keyboard cost $100, I broke my own rule of not having any liquids at the PC ! (My kids are laughing at me) I purchased a inexpensive replacement for now ! Is it the opinion of yours that the keyboard is toast ready for the garbage heap or is there a possibility to save it ?
Thanks to All , Nick
PS Its hard going back to a keyboard that it not backlite once you have one, I cant see an of the keys HELP !

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July 23, 2009 at 05:55:24
The compressed air might have been worse. That stuff is banned in most tech places because it blows bad stuff EVERYwhere.

The only choice might be to get some very good water that is really just water. Distilled may be good enough but usually it isn't as good as needed but if that is all you can get use it.

Douse the keyboard with the water and shake it out a bit. Maybe a few times
Would be better to have a wet/dry vac to dry it. If worse comes to worse I guess low pressure high volume air is second best choice.
Would be best to leave a few days to make sure it is dry. Computer places have a warm oven that has air like a hair dryer. If you must use a hair dryer but keep back, you only want warm slow air not hot fast air.

Good luck.

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July 23, 2009 at 07:41:22
And just a thought get a keyboard cover if you continue to have liquids near your keyboard

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July 23, 2009 at 08:17:13
The keyboard is toast. Whats taking place is the fact that you had sugar in your coffee it's causing fuctions and/or moving parts to stick when pressed or other keys are pressed. So if a "Hot Key" is performing the task of opening a folder when pressed, the function being stuck will cause it to perform the task over and over, and on a gaming keyboard its probably happenening even faster, therefore you can not get other task to take place like shutting down windows. You might have been able to save the keyboard if you spilled water in it or maybe not even had any sugar in your caffee. Sorry Dude.

PS There are plenty of spill proof keyboards out there, but I'm not sure about Spillproof gaming keyboards. You might want to look into that before your next purchase, because warranties don't cover customer induced damage.

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July 23, 2009 at 09:50:41
Hey Nick...

I don't see any reason to write off the keyboard as "toast" or that you said sugar was in your coffee. Regardless, the immediate upside down move was the best you made.

You pretty much have only two choices.

1. Follow jefro's response and flush the keyboard with water, invert it, and let it dry for several days. Especially necessary if the liquid did have sugar or milk in it.

2. Just let it dry out inverted for several days.


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July 23, 2009 at 10:03:20
As a last resort, it could be washed in a dishwasher (no hot dry). It has worked for me.
Be sure to dry it out for several days, preferably with a fan blowing over it.

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July 23, 2009 at 11:50:40
You can always remove the screws (probably a dozen or so) from the underside, open the keyboard, then flush & dry it. There's not much inside other than a circuit board.

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July 24, 2009 at 04:58:03
Fist of all I want to thank all who replied to my post ! The coffee I was drinking did not have sugar however it did have a sweetner in it ! Oddly enough I did read online about someone puttting this same keyboard in the dishwasher to repair it after a spill with success ,I thought it was a joke ! I should have mentioned that I was using the computer and the keyboard was on when this spill took place ,I know with many electricial devices that can make alot of differance when it gets wet ,with the electricity running thru them they short out etc. When I first tried it after the spill it did not work however none of the keys where sticky . It was'nt till the next day when I tried it again that at least several of the keys would stick when I presssed on them . I will mess around with trying the suggestions given here ,the diswasher will be my last resort ,and then it goes in the trash as another costly mistake ! Again thank you to all ! I will post back if I get it working again.
Take Care Nick

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July 24, 2009 at 05:03:18
oh yeah dont drop your laptop,or watch your tv outside in a thunderstorm

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