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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Guess What I Learned to Do...

Do you know what happens when you have coffee next to your laptop and your five-year-old decides she wants to pick up the cup?  It's a good thing she makes me smile.

Thankfully, I had a lid on the cup.

Only a few drops spilled.  On two keys.

But I still panicked.  We've all heard stories about how quickly a hard drive crashes from liquid exposure.

But a quick Google, some instructions, and a couple YouTube videos later, the crisis was averted.  Whew...

In case something like this happens to you, here is what you do for a small spill:
1.   Turn laptop sideways and upside down to drain the liquid.  Wipe up.
2.  Save any document you are working on and shut down your laptop immediately.  Take out the battery.  Unplug the laptop.
3.  Place the keyboard upside down on a towel or napkins.  Be sure to balance and support the weight of the laptop so it doesn't fall.
4.  Watch the YouTube video below on how to remove and put back a key from your laptop keyboard.  Note:  Be careful with those plastic springs underneath the keys.

5.  Wipe underneath the key with a lint-free cloth.  Dry thoroughly.
6.  Clean and wipe the plastic spring and key before putting back together.
7.  Do these steps for as many keys needed.
8.  Be sure to replace the keys to their correct spots.

For more detailed instructions, go here or here for laptop spills.  Go here to find out how to take care of keyboard spills.  

Better yet, remember not to have liquids near your laptop.  

Happy Writing!

6 comments:

Christine M said...

I'm glad it wasn't a disaster!

Tricia said...

I don't drink coffee, but have spilled hot tea and soda on my laptop before. It's never a pretty sight. The most recent spill caused my laptop to sizzle and pop just before I got the battery out. I am fortunate that the amazingly talented techies at the university cleaned it right up for me.

I'm so glad your laptop came out unscathed!

Laini Taylor said...

Ooh, yikes. I spilled water on a regular keyboard once and it died the next day, long enough after that I'd thought I was safe and then it started acting spastic. That was a lot of water though. When I bought the new keyboard, the salesperson told me he heard a lot of stories of cats PEEING on open laptops. AGH!

Heather Zundel said...

Oh my goodness, that has to be writer's worst nightmare. I'm so glad you were able to save your computer with no permanent damage. I personally never would have thought of taking out the battery. That is getting stored away in case that ever happens because I happen to be a big fan of hot cocoa myself.

Beth Kephart said...

I'd have sat there and cried. Then, from a moaning place, called out to my husband: "Bill.... Oh, BIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLL!"

I like your response much better and glad it all went okay!

Jen Robinson said...

Glad no harm was done, Vivian. I once spilled a whole bottle of water on a laptop, while it was in my bag in the car (I didn't close the lid tightly), and I was on a business trip to Ireland. Amazingly, after 2 days of drying out, the laptop worked fine. It was like a miracle - I didn't do anything except not use it until it dried out.