When Vodka and laptop don't mix...lol

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  1. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Hey,

    Had a little too much fun last night and spilled just a splash of vodka on left side keyboard near caps lock and A key. Quickly turned laptop on it's left side to drain. It did not crash or turn off immediately. Then later it said force shutdown and crashed. Then it ran ok for many hours then crashed. Then this morning wouldn't boot just kept crashing or giving force shutdown window.

    I took out HDD and to check for moisture then put back in and is running now

    Also some softwares acting peculiar like peerblock all of a sudden

    Any advice what's happening

    Cheers :sith:...lol
     
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  2. ReelFiles

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    If you're lucky, just the keyboard is ruined. Remove the keyboard and it should have a plastic coating over the bottom, there you will see your liquid pool up.
    You can try blow drying the keyboard or getting a cheap replacement off ebay if that don't fix it.
     
  3. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    #3 timesurfer, Jul 5, 2011
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    Thanks

    Do you know why it's crashing though. I mean I'm on it right now but I will remove KB and see if I see any liquid

    When I first got my LT I spilled some bong water on it and it crashed then i put fan on it and it eventually cured it so I'm curious what makes it crash
     
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  4. ReelFiles

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    Well, it could be that the water in the vodka is shorting out a bunch of circuits in the keyboard. Besides acting as if you are mashing down several keys repeatedly, it could be sending power back on lines that shouldn't have that much power on them. I am surprised the bong water didn't kill it, at least vodka has a lot of alcohol in it, so some of that would evaporate much faster than the water itself.
     
  5. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Yea I thought the BW had killed it but I heard in Hardware class that electronics can be dried with chance of working so I put big fan on it and then tried. It died. I put fan on it for longer and all was well. So really it is shorting somehow then crashing

    Using keys does not kill it

    However, I did notice the External HDD I had which is on the left side USB did disconnect last night after the splash now it too is working

    Maybe it just takes some time to dry I dunno...lol

    Thanks
     
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  6. ReelFiles

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    The problem with the bong water might be making the second spill worse. When you dried the bong water it had to have left some resin on the PCB, the alcohol in the vodka might have loosened up some of that dried resin which is now more like a little black goo.. sounds nasty lol.
     
  7. Daz

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    #7 Daz, Jul 5, 2011
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    I once fixed a laptop that had drink spilled into it. It turns out they split it on the right side of the system which was lucky because on the left side it had a huge hole and fans underneath. All I had to do was clean it up and fit a new keyboard :)

    Best thing to do is to take the keyboard off and maybe put the laptop someplace very warm for a while. If that doesn't work then you need to check all of the fans are running and that it's not got onto your RAM somehow. You will basically have to strip the laptop and clean up everything o_O

    If you keep playing with it and it keeps shutting off then be careful as you can fry the system the more it happens.
     
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  8. timesurfer

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    Thanks it is running now I will report back if it crashes again :sith:
     
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  9. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Omfg

    So check this out I have found out that after the "spill" I can't use the speaker outlet or plug. If I use the speaker outlet plug it will crash. If I plug headphones it will crash so obviously the power line to that is either f'cked or is still wet

    So I will allow to dry and I'm happy to have found problem

    Thanks
     
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  10. timesurfer

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    a buddy had a laptop that was spilled on a few months ago. Like i saw in a previous post, the plastic tray protected the motherboard, and the keyboard was messed up. we tested by unplugging the keyboard and then plugging in a USB keyboard. This worked sucessfully, so ordered a new kb from ebay, and the laptop is good as new after it's installation
     
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  14. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    lol...This thread turned into vodka thread but thanks for your non-vodka comment

    Kids :eek: WTF
     
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    #15 half Man Half Biscuit, Jul 6, 2011
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  16. timesurfer

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    #16 timesurfer, Jul 7, 2011
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    So with just a tiny spill on left side of keyboard the only thing that is broken is audio plug usage

    If used it gives msg closing (force shutdown) then crashes

    Everything else works as did before
     
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  17. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Note:

    I tried to use my headset and speakers and it's not shutting down so I guess it is not ruined just needed to wait for it to dry completely

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