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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by star_girl_k, Jul 19, 2007.

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  1. star_girl_k

    star_girl_k Thread Starter

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    I had a massive accident with some nail varnish remover and spilt it all over the number pad on my keyboard.
    I've cleaned it with a damp cloth and turned it upside down to let all the nail varnish remover out but I'm worried it will harm my pc??
    I also got it on my mouse mat which the mouse was on at the time.
    Will it harm my pc?
    help:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(
     
  2. Rich-M

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    As long as it is fully dried and the pc runs you are fine, and varnish remover dries pretty quickly. is this a laptop or desktop and how does it connect if desktop?
     
  3. star_girl_k

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    Its a desktop and it connects by wire
     
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    Safest is to buy a new keyboard or switch to another one with a different port as many are Ps2 or usb with adapter but keyboards are not expensive and this one will not doubt not work right anyway now.
     
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    All the numbers which I spilt it on are working fine.
    If I still use this one even though it works could it harm my pc
     
  6. JohnWill

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    It will not harm your machine, and I suspect you'll never see any ill-effects if they haven't happened already. Just use it, if it craps out, get a new keyboard. :)

    I'd also stop using nail polish remover over the keyboard! :D
     
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    cheers;)
    thanks for all the help:)
     
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    You can mark your own threads solved using the thread tools at the top of the page in the upper right corner.© :)
     
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    See I would not do that as keyboards are inexpensive and I have seen them go backwards and kill the port they are plugged into if Ps2.
     
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    whats ps2?
     
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    I'm confused :s
    How can it ruin the port?
     
  12. Rich-M

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    There are 2 types of mouse ports mainly used today. Ps 2 and usb and there are some older serial port mice still around as well.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS/2_connector
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_port
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB
    It is a component that conveys an electronic signal through a port to the system. A short, caused by whatever spills on a keyboard can easily short out the port. I can give you my son-in-laws phone number who basically blew away both Ps2 ports by spilling a beer on his Ps2 keyboard. Or my daughter who did it with coffee, maybe? Dry now, this is certainly less likely but still possible because if what you spilled is a normal oily remover, it may not be dry yet as well.
     
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    I think you're inventing problems where none exist. :rolleyes:

    While you can invent a scenario where a PS/2 keyboard might damage the port, it would involve a direct short across the +5V, something that's VERY UNLIKELY to occur in this scenario.

    As far as USB is concerned, you can short the four wires from a USB port in any combination without damage to the port.

    Please explain where this "danger" is coming from?

    BTW, nail polish remover is NOT conductive, try a test and see for yourself.
     
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    So you want the phone number? I know it sounds crazy but I saw it twice.
     
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    I believe nail polish remover is mostly acetone. That stuff isn't going to hurt anything if it hasn't hurt it already. You can clean a dirty CPU with acetone.

    Granted the nail polish remover has some "smell pretties" in it that normal acetone doesn't. The stuff most likely dried within a few minutes and if it didn't short yet, it isn't going to.
     
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