Date: December 30, 2003 9:32:14 AM EST
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Google to the rescue:
IF… it’s too late… and water/other liquid damage occurs…
chances are the equipment is damaged but you may try to:
• STAND IN A DRY AREA and un-plug the equipment ASAP!
• Move all equipment to a dry place.
• NEVER attempt to open up the equipment or take it apart!
• Turn un-plugged keyboards over and shake gently upside
down until most of the water runs out then leave them
upside down for at least 48 hours.
• This works well for most liquids. BUT… anything sugar
based will tend to make keys stick from time to time
(especially during finals and thesis time)!
• Using a blow dryer could help speed up this process but
do not set the dryer temp to HOT and still wait at
least 24 hours before using.
• Try to shake excess moisture from larger pieces of
un-plugged equipment… but do this with someone’s help
and do it VERY SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY. You MUST wait
between 48 to 72 hours before trying to use them again!
• DO NOT USE A BLOW DRYER ON LARGER PIECES OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT!!
• When the 48 to 72 hours pass, plug each piece of equipment
in one at a time and if you hear any noise that is not
normal or no noise at all, unplug the items and have them
repaired by a reputable repair vendor or replace them (this
is where a copy of your “file backups” will come in handy).
from http://www.computing.net/windows31/wwwboard/forum/9349.html (the
ever-helpful computing.net bulletin board):
Let it dry up to a week. Remove and open
all covers. Put in warm place. Do not turn
on if thre is any moiture.
If the circuitry has shorted on the motherboard there is a chance your
chip that controls start-up diagnostics has been damaged,this can be
repaired however ,by a professional computer engineer providing he has
the neccessary equipment.
After your laptop is dried out try to boot up again. If it won't boot
from the hard drive try a boot floppy and try to boot from the A: drive.
If it boots up from the floppy, but won't boot up from the hard drive
and the computer can still see it you could try to make the hard drive
bootable by using a boot floppy with sys.com on it. Sys is used to copy
the system files from one drive to another drive allowing that drive to
be bootable. So if your machine will floppy boot, but you can't sys the
hard drive or it won't as a last resort format, I would say your hard
drive is gone
Here's a help page about sys.com