Solved keys not working since spilt drink over it

September 23, 2013 at 01:53:52
Specs: Windows 7, 3gb
i spilt some drink over keys and now they dont work please is it a problem like i need new keys or can i get them working please,

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September 23, 2013 at 04:31:49
I did this for my daughter.
Immediately remove the laptop battery since you must be sure that the liquid did not get on anything else inside.
You need to disassemble the laptop to assess this and clean everything up that has the sticky film on it. This must be done carefully. All circuits and contacts can be carefully cleaned off with a high quality rubbing alcohol (like 98%) using Q-Tips (don't leave fuzz behind). With the keyboard removed, you can be more aggressive (usually not openable) and dab with really dampened cotton balls. Do not forget the contacts on the ribbon cable and the 'zero insertion force socket' while you are at it. Allow everything to dry completely and reassemble. If the keyboard does not work still, try replacing it, if most keys work, try cleaning it again.

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



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September 23, 2013 at 01:59:22
Laptop or desktop with separate keyboard? If the former then you are going to have to dismantle the laptop to get at the keyboard, and it may be necessary to replace it with a new one. If a separate keyboard the easy solution is just to buy another one - they are dirt cheap nowadays. Or you could always try rinsing it in a bowl of water, or under a running tap, and drying on a radiator for a couple of days. (Shake all the water out first and don't try to use it before you are sure it is dry.)

Unfortunately, most drinks contain sticky sugar which makes a real mess of a keyboard.


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September 23, 2013 at 02:15:53
but if i changed the keyboard would the laptop work then because i can get on line and everything but just the keys dont work that all on laptop

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September 23, 2013 at 03:41:39

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September 23, 2013 at 04:31:49
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I did this for my daughter.
Immediately remove the laptop battery since you must be sure that the liquid did not get on anything else inside.
You need to disassemble the laptop to assess this and clean everything up that has the sticky film on it. This must be done carefully. All circuits and contacts can be carefully cleaned off with a high quality rubbing alcohol (like 98%) using Q-Tips (don't leave fuzz behind). With the keyboard removed, you can be more aggressive (usually not openable) and dab with really dampened cotton balls. Do not forget the contacts on the ribbon cable and the 'zero insertion force socket' while you are at it. Allow everything to dry completely and reassemble. If the keyboard does not work still, try replacing it, if most keys work, try cleaning it again.

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


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September 23, 2013 at 10:16:21
"but if i changed the keyboard would the laptop work then because i can get on line and everything but just the keys dont work that all on laptop"

It should but none of us can guarantee it will. If you don't care about portability, just plug in a USB keyboard.

This isn't a recommendation but it worked for me:

I worked on a laptop that had milk spilled on the keyboard. The user was more concerned about retrieving the data & didn't necessarily care if it could get it working properly again because it was old. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I took a chance. I removed the keyboard & washed it in hot soapy water (dish detergent). I shook it out as best I could then blew it out with compressed air. I then placed the keyboard outside in the sun, turning it & flipping it occasionally. I brought it indoors at nite. I did this for about a week to make sure all trapped water would evaporate. When I finally gave it a go, it worked perfectly!


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