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Spilled coffee and won't turn on

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Amiralilameh, Apr 16, 2017.

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  1. Amiralilameh

    Amiralilameh Thread Starter

    Apr 16, 2017
    Hey there , about 4-5 hours ago I spilled a third of a cup of coffee onto my laptop , the keyboard got soaked , but it really wasn't an enormous amount of coffee , I unplugged the charger and can't do the same with battery because it's attached , few seconds later it shut down automatically ... I lay it sideways and a good amount of liquid came out and now it's fully dry or almost but it nor charges nor it turns on .... what am I supposed to do ? Let it sit for couple of more hours or take it to a technician ?
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    If the coffee spill occurred only 4 - 5 hours ago, the inside of that laptop is NOT dry and should NOT be powered on.

    Was there cream and/or sugar in your coffee?
    If there was, that's going to add to the stickiness and drying time.

    Hopefully, you have it turned upside down and in a position where it can dry out better.

    Taking it to a reliable laptop technician may be your best option.

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  3. lynx1021


    Jan 7, 2014
    I have heard of putting a cell phone in a container with rice to dry it out.
  4. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    You should have power the laptop immediately using the power button, simply press and hold the power button until it turned off.

    You should remove the keyboard from the laptop and examine the rest of it for deeper spill.

    I would plan on buying a replacement keyboard, while you have it out of the laptop get the model number off the back if it. However if the liquid got deeper then you may have to disassemble it even further to dry it properly. I'd also be concerned that it wasn't turned off immediately but shut itself off and that it may have fried the motherboard. You may want to take it to a good repair shop to have it cleaned and tested.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017
  5. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    What make and model laptop is it ? Asking because some have better protection from liquid spills than others.
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