PCTechBytes: Saving Your Laptop from a Spill

saving your laptop from a spill

By David Purcell, for PCTechBytes.com

Saving Your Laptop from a Spill

When you compute on the go, typing on airplanes, on the bed, on the floor with your laptop perched precariously on your legs, it’s only a matter of time before you spill a drink on your laptop’s keyboard. Not such a big deal on a desktop computer where you can simply toss the keyboard in the trash and replace it. Spilling something on a laptop is akin to dumping the drink directly on your motherboard.

How To React To A Spill On Your Laptop Keyboard

While there is no way to put a positive spin on a laptop spill, there are some steps you can take to save the laptop. What you spill, how much you spill, and how quickly you react will determine whether your laptop lives or dies. Follow these steps immediately upon spilling a drink on your laptop to maximize its chances of survival:

1. Shut down the computer.

2. Unplug and remove the battery from the laptop. Set them aside to dry.

3. Carefully invert the laptop and rest it on a thick, soft towel to allow any excess liquid to drain out. Avoid allowing any of the liquid to come in contact with the screen. Tilt the laptop forward and then flip it over so it is resting in the shape of an “A”.

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3 thoughts on “PCTechBytes: Saving Your Laptop from a Spill

  1. While at a restaurant, I spilled an entire cup of coffee on the keyboard of the laptop I am using to write this reply. It wasn’t plugged in. I immediately removed the battery, turned it upside-down and dried off what I could. As soon as I arrived home, I put it in the refrigerator for three days (don’t knock it, it worked). I did the same with a cell phone once on which I spilled water and it worked until it became technologically obsolete.

  2. When I had a notebook spill I immediately did the same as written before.But I did more.
    The next thing I did, having the bottom up:
    unscrew the lid which covers the hard disk and I took it out. I went to the shop where I had bought the notebook and asked for the same brand and type. Fortunately the had one left because it had no battery and no mains supply. I bought it for a low price, swapped the hard disk with my original one and all OK. I could immediately continue with what I did before. My insurance company payed for the loss. Besides I had a second HD with the same operating system and organisation as originally so I use it as a backup which I just have to swap when the original strikes.

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