Solved spilled water on. Runs fine for a bit then shuts down

June 8, 2013 at 03:59:32
Specs: windows 8
spilled water on. Runs fine for a bit then shuts down. All data is fine...it powers up and I can do what I need to for a few minutes then shuts down and tries to reboot, sometimes with success sometimes not. This just happened an hour or so ago. shoud I just let it sit for a few days? If I do that and it still does it, what do you think is causing the shutdown.

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#1
June 8, 2013 at 07:18:02
Water ingress can cause permanent damage since it can cause a "short" between two adjacent components (water is an excellent conductor). It really depends on how much liquid is spilled on it.

If the problem persists after 12 hours then damage has certainly been caused, though it's impossible to say specifically what's been damaged without taking a look-see and/or running diagnostic tests in a repair centre.


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#2
June 8, 2013 at 13:04:19
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water is an excellent conductor

Actually water is a very poor conductor. Distilled water is almost a pure insulator - that is why we top of out vehicle batteries with it.

What makes water dangerous around electricity is the impurities that are dissolved in it and being dissolved in a liquid they tend to get everywhere. Consequently a glass of beer is likely to be far more damaging than a glass of drinking water.

With electrical circuits corrosion is likely to be the biggest problem when water is spilt. It doesn't take much to corrode a piece of metal of few microns thick. Consequently when any liquid is spilt on electronic components it should be stripped as far as possible. All excess water removed and left to dray in a warm atmosphere for a day or two.

Stuart


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#3
June 8, 2013 at 13:50:56
If you just let it dry a lot longer you "might get away with it". However, as already given it could cause issues at a later date.

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#4
June 8, 2013 at 20:21:44
Yeah, you should have set it out in the desert sun for awhile after it first happened. You're lucky it works at all.

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#5
June 9, 2013 at 03:12:56
Hi Bryan - advising desktop/laptop/make/model may have helped.

If desert sun not available as Dave suggested, a hairdryer set to *warm* might be used, to help remove all those impurities Stuart advised us of.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#6
June 12, 2013 at 10:12:36
Thank you for the replies. I let it sit all weekend turned off. Monday morning turned it on and it has been on ever since. No problems whatsoever. That did the trick. Let it dry for 2 days.

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#7
June 12, 2013 at 11:28:18
Nobody can exclude the possibility of some long term effect but if it is still OK in a couple of weeks maybe you can select a Best Answer (which marks this thread as Solved).

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