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Beer spilled inside computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by saphenous, Sep 24, 2008.

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  1. saphenous

    saphenous Thread Starter

    Sep 24, 2008

    someone managed to kick over a beer that sprayed through the grills on the side of my desktop pc. It sprayed all over the back of the soundcard (promptly removed) and I can see just a few spots on the motherboard.

    The computer powers up but turns itself off after about 3 seconds. I am therefore guessing that there is not necessarily any permament damage. Perhaps it is just shorting out or something because of the beer residue on the motherboard?

    I want to take the motherboard out and wash off the residue with de-ionised water, let it dry thoroughly, reconnect and hope for the best. Is this advisable? If not, can anyone suggest something else?

    My sys is AMD 64 3800+, asus m2n32-sli deluxe mb, 2 x 250gb hdd, 2gb ram.

    Thank you for any help :)

  2. Kassus


    Aug 21, 2008
    This is a good idea, also make sure none of the beer spilled on any of the power connectors or on the PS.
  3. arknorth


    Oct 17, 2007
    Yea, general rule #1 with water or fluids - DON'T turn on any electrical device that has been wetted until you know it's dry! I can't tell you how many topics on here start out with 'dunked in water' followed by 'tried to turn it on'... oy...

    Referbers of laptops actually soak the entire beast in alcohol to clean them out, since they know it will evaporate. Not that you should try this, but at least a can of air used in the right places would be useful here.

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