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Windows 7: Spilled water on went on bottom of laptop

29 Aug 2014   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Spilled water on went on bottom of laptop

I accidently spilled water near where my closed and powered off laptop was and I am worried that it could have been damaged. Since it was on the bottom though, could any significant damage have been done and how should I dry it WITHOUT opening it? (I am always scared to open any electronic device because once I have tried it and broke something) I have already taken the battery out and did not flip it upside down because the water was on the bottom, not the top.
Edit: The side of the laptop with the keyboard and screen is not wet and the stickers are not peeling off.


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29 Aug 2014   #2
cyanna

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

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how should I dry it WITHOUT opening it?
You could try blowing some warm air through the vents but don't overdo it, electronics are sensitive to overheating! A hair dryer on the lowest setting (even if the air feels cool) but left on for a few minutes could help.
Was the battery wet when you removed it? If not you might not even have a problem.
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29 Aug 2014   #3
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

No, in fact, the only thing that was wet is the Windows product key sticker, and no water visible to the naked eye came out of the vents. I'm just worried at there might be even the slightest water in any of the important parts inside. Good thing it was unpowered for 2 months because I did not need it for so long which most likely means the capacitors are empty, if not only the slightest bit filled. I just need to copy only a little data that I guess I can worth to lose but I want to try as much as I can. I think the only thing I can do is wait and try it. By wait, I mean like 3 days just in case. Good thing it was not coffee or soda.
Also, I don't want to try the hair drier drying method unless I really have to since if there is any water, it may spread. I know many that have tried that and made it worse.
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29 Aug 2014   #4
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 
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Reading your description of a probable very low amount of water, a few hours of fan heater at quite low temp and at a safe distance should give assurance of 'dryness'. Maybe keep the hd \ memory service covers (if available) open.

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I just need to copy only a little data
Remove the HD (if accessible) and get the files by usb? (if no HD password\encryption).

Good luck.
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29 Aug 2014   #5
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

A brief encounter with water will not damage electronic parts when they are off. The only thing you need to worry about now is making sure the laptop is dried out before turning it on.

Tilt it up and lean it on the wall so that the air vents are pointing down (so any liquid water can drain out). Then either leave it like that for 8 hours or so (depending on humidity) or set up a fan to blow on it to speed up the process.

Once you are confident you have given it enough time to dry out you can turn it on.
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29 Aug 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
A brief encounter with water will not damage electronic parts when they are off. The only thing you need to worry about now is making sure the laptop is dried out before turning it on.

Tilt it up and lean it on the wall so that the air vents are pointing down (so any liquid water can drain out). Then either leave it like that for 8 hours or so (depending on humidity) or set up a fan to blow on it to speed up the process.

Once you are confident you have given it enough time to dry out you can turn it on.

Just use a window fan and leave it for a day.
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29 Aug 2014   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Did you remove the button cell battery? It maintains power to the CMOS memory even with the primary battery removed. If no water came out of the case, I doubt you'll have a problem though. It should dry out on its own in a couple of days. As already mentioned, water won't hurt the components as long as they weren't powered up at the time. I've cleaned old motherboards (Less removable components) with Windex and rinsed with distilled water spray then blow dried them with an air gun. The last step at factories is to wash circuit boards to remove flux and debris. This is done after the primary components are installed.
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29 Aug 2014   #8
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Thank you guys for the advice. I thought water is harmful even if no electricity is stored in the capacitors. I will leave it to dry for 3 days just to be safe. I mean, it is always better safe than sorry, right?
@TVeblen The water only got near the bottom vents, even if it got in, it should mostly have came out immediately.
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29 Aug 2014   #9
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Just a small, simple precaution. Just in case.
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29 Aug 2014   #10
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Also, should I test it without the battery first to lower the chances of failure and backup the little data I need to?
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