|Well, it happened, I got a spill on my laptop. I didn't do research on spills beforehand, so when it happened I went into panic mode and did a lot of (probably harmful) things to my computer.|
My computer was on when I spilled about a tablespoon or two of soy milk onto the keyboard area. Immediately I grabbed some tissues and stuffed them between and under the keys, soaking up almost or all of the liquid. Everything was functioning correctly, no sticky keys or fizzled screens so I continued using it as if nothing were wrong for a few more hours, turned it off, then went to sleep.
When I tried to turn it on again the next day (the power cord still attached), about 30 seconds or a minute after booting it up, the screen turned black. It wasn't 100% black, rather the screen had become so dark that the only way to see anything would be to lay the screen flat and look at it on level with the edge.
Even though the screen turns black, everything still functions properly. The mouse moves and I can open programs and such just fine.
I shut down my computer, pulled out the power cord, and turned it on again. The screen is medium-dark (because of the power saving mode) and noticed a crackling sound coming from the speakers. The sound became louder the brighter I adjusted the screen, and would almost disappear if I set it to the darkest setting. If I set it to about 70% brightness, the screen automatically turns "black". Plugging in the power cord also automatically turned it black until I figured out to change the default power option settings so that plugging it in would set it at only 40% brightness.
About a day after the initial spill, I did blow dry both the outsides and inside of the computer for about 5 minutes. I didn't really know how to take apart the laptop, so I only got as far as removing the keyboard before I got too nervous to continue. The keyboard looked perfectly clean and dry with no stains or residue visible. The inside of the computer (as far I could see) also looked clean.
Another day after that, the sound was getting less and less noticable. Sometimes I could bring it to even 60-70% brightness with no crackling sounds or black screens. That's when another person spilled TEA onto my laptop again.
I stuck tissues under the keys again, and this time I tried turning the laptop sideways and upsidedown as I had read online. I regret this fact now. Apparently turning it had allowed the liquid to seep over the keyboard "tray" into the inside of the computer. When I opened up the keyboard area again, I noticed the inside was slightly damp and also a few light brown stains from the tea. I soaked it up with a tissue.
The crackling sound has reappeared again, and any gains I had made of the brightness of the screen has been lost; it's back to the way it was after the first spill. What should I do now? What part is wrong with it?
I do plan to clean the laptop soon. I don't have any deionized water now, but I plan to buy some soon and clean it. But where should I clean? I don't think my entire laptop is affected, since I'm using it fine right now typing this message. I would rather only take apart the parts that I need to clean.
* screen turns near-black if adjusting the brightness too high
* crackling sound from the speakers also increases with brightness
* no sticky keys, computer otherwise functioning normally
Thank you for any help!