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Windows 7: Got snot on USB cable

06 Dec 2014   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Got snot on USB cable

While I was minding my own business, all of a sudden snot started dripping out of my nose and landed on a part of my Micro-USB to USB cable. Luckily it was not on the connector but the cable itself. Can the mucus somehow start to deteriorate the insulation and damage the cable or should I just forget about it since I wiped the snot off?


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06 Dec 2014   #2
mdd1963

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Best to take no chances; seems your only option is to trash the cable, and the system it was connected to, including one or both monitors...

(Is it the first of April...? <checking calendar!>)
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06 Dec 2014   #3
Computer0304

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

Wait... is this a joke or are you being serious?
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06 Dec 2014   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You wiped it after it happened, so I wouldn't worry about it.
Check it in a week, a month, ..., and see if there is any deteriorization.
If there's an issue, you should be able to see it ...
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06 Dec 2014   #5
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Is this really a thread ??
Are we actually discussing your snot ??

WTF
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06 Dec 2014   #6
Computer0304

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

Yes, this is a real question. You guys know how worried I get, hence why I say "It's better safe than sorry." I have been more worrying lately. Snot isn't acidic in anyway, right? Sorry if this grosses out anyone. And I will accept it if you think this is a silly thread.
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06 Dec 2014   #7
DavidE

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I have a very bad sinus condition, so I can appreciate the concern.
Computer0304 is a long time well respected SF member.
I see no reason to believe this is some "new member joke/spam" ...
I too ask questions for something new or not understood by me, check the thread I just created.
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06 Dec 2014   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Snot isn't acidic in anyway, right?
No, but if you have a raging cocaine habit it could well be slightly alkali (base pH ~9.5). It's too weak to damage cabling so you can snort away to your hearts content....but remember : practice good hygiene and blow your nose regularly.

I ask his Holy Noodliness to help you break your cocaine affliction.
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06 Dec 2014   #9
Computer0304

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
I have a very bad sinus condition, so I can appreciate the concern.
Computer0304 is a long time well respected SF member.
I see no reason to believe this is some "new member joke/spam" ...
I too ask questions for something new or not understood by me, check the thread I just created.
Hey David, thanks for understanding. And for those that think this thread is unusual, I also do understand that this may seem like an odd question. It is okay if you think that it is and I have nothing wrong with it if you do think this is an odd question. Just sometimes I am a bit too careful and it is your opinion on what you think about anything. No hard feelings, ok?
Now,

Edit: @Golden I do not use cocaine in anyway and yes, I do blow my nose when I have to, this just happened all of a sudden.

Also, I will leave this thread unsolved for any more suggestions and useful facts. Thanks.
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06 Dec 2014   #10
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

This happened to me last year, massively explosive sneeze from sinuses damaged in an accident. Covered the keyboard actually. I get these without warning, very infrequent so I tend to forget until it happens, some extremely embarrassing situations have occurred as a result! So I understand your concern, 0304.

I would think that your cable will continue to work fine, but I would use a weak disinfectant lightly on the outer surface. I actually trashed and replaced my KB, cleaned surrounding area. I mean, these really are humungous sneezes I get!

Don't be embarrassed, it's a body fluid, we all have them!
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