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Windows 7: coffee on a keyboard

17 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
coffee on a keyboard

okay, so i am pretty darn annnoyed with myself for this but like the saying goes shit happens! (excuse my language) so i spilt a little bit of coffee on my keyboard 2 nights ago and yesterday the laptop was fine, howevere as the day progressed on i turned back on my laptop to find that all the keys had messed up now my keyboard works but on a couple of the letters it comes up with more than one letter...especially shift it comes up with a different number :S i was thinking maybe take out the keyboard and cleaning it, but how that is done i havent a clue haha. i have a sony vaio its model name i think is vpcee3eoe i got it not more than a month ago and ive already mucked it up, i am usint a different keyboard right now and i dont want to do that anymore. does the coffee go aay after a while or will iit be sticky forever? the computer is running fine just need a keyboard clean. anyone know how to take out the keyboard to clean it?

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17 Jan 2011   #2

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17 Jan 2011   #3

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Use silica gel to dry it out;

Silica gel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You can buy this in various forms at flower shops, it is used for drying flowers among other things. It is also often included in small satchets with electronic equipment, medical drugs etc, to prevent problems with condensation.

Contrary to popular opinion, pure water does not conduct electricity. Unfortunately, it is rarely pure, and beverages like coffee, cola, and similar stuff will conduct electricity. Also, sticky residues can have unfortunate effects on keyboards and similar equipment.

Here is a "Last ditch repair" for a keyboard or a laptop, or other electronic equipment on which such stuff has been spilled.

This has never failed yet for me, and I have done it hundreds of times, but that is not to say it will work for you. Only do it if it is your last resort.

Fill a plastic bowl or your bathtub etc with distilled water. Swish the component or assembly around in the water until you think it is completely clean.

Allow to drip dry for a while, and place in a warm closed place with indicating silica gel;

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When the silica gel indicates that the component is completely dry, you can use the component again.

Most modern electronic components will not be damaged by short immersion in water. Of course, things like display panels will, so use some common sense.

This is also a very good way of cleaning filthy keyboards! I have even scrubbed these vigorously with warm soapy water, and then used the distilled water to rinse them before drying. I have not yet had such a keyboard fail. Some I have washed a number of times in this manner.

Regards....Mike Connor
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17 Jan 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Mike.. this is a laptop .. I doubt that the OP wants to do that...
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17 Jan 2011   #5

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Mike.. this is a laptop .. I doubt that the OP wants to do that...
I, and a number of my technicians, have done this on quite a number of laptops after removing the panel. Worked fine.

As I wrote, this is a LAST RESORT repair, if your only other options are an extremely expensive repair, which exceeds the value of the machine or component, or throwing the machine away.

Regards....Mike Connor
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18 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

mike...this would be useful if i knew how to take off my keyboard haha i think its like...impossible.
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18 Jan 2011   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Distilled water and then blow dry with compressed air to force all the water away and out of keyboard. Blow holding keyboard upside down. I've had to do it myself.
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19 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

right okay, ill try this ive actually been well depressed about it cause its new and i dont really want to buy another one. ha. so how do i go about doing it?do i need to take the keyboard out yeah?
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19 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Give this place a try Service Manual Download You may find a service manual for your laptop that goes through disassembly. Or you can try a Sony support site.

I performed the same clumsy mistake on my Dell laptop. However I was able to find a service manual for my model on the Dell web site. I took it apart and cleaned it with diluted isotopic alcohol and several q-tips. Works like a charm now

Good luck!!
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