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Original post by: jayeff ,


Hi @colleen32 ,

The laptop will need to be opened and inspected as to what damage has occurred.

Water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

''The water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the laptop’s operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion starts immediately and is ongoing until it has been properly cleaned away''

''First '''do not try to charge or to turn on your laptop''' and then '''remove the battery as soon as possible''' from the laptop'' to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the laptop and  clean ''all the affected parts'' using '''Isopropyl Alcohol 99%+''' (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain additives and is not as effective. If you do use it, check the label to verify the amount of IPA. The higher the concentration (%) of IPA the better

Here is a link that describes the process. [[Electronics Water Damage]]

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board. Also remove any shields that may be covering some components as there may be corrosion under them as well.

The keyboard may have to be replaced as usually trying to repair a keyboard can cause more problems that what was there before.

Hopefully after you have done all this the laptop m''ight'' possibly work correctly again.

Here is the [|maintenance and service guide] for the laptop, taken from this [|webpage]. This will help to disassemble the laptop to remove the components etc. It also has the part numbers for all the major parts if a replacement part is required.

If this process seems too daunting, take your laptop to a reputable, professional laptop repair service, experienced in liquid damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, ''do it sooner than later''. It isn’t going to fix itself.