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I spilled soda on my TI-89 and it won't turn back on

I threw my soda in my bag, not knowing the top was loose, and got soda all over my TI-89 and TI-30 calculators, which I need for Calc II and Chem, respectively. Is there anything I can do to fix this or am I SOL? Also, is there a warranty, or any type of repair services? Thanks!

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When I asked for a full view of this page a message popped up the says', "Find the top calculator repairers in your area." Here's the site for the ones in my area, just input your area and you should be good.
http://www.fixya.com/Services.aspx?zip=50613&advctgid=10006
I can't comment on warranty since your fault and no flaw with the calculator under normal use. Who knows it probably depends on the place you bought it so I'd check with them. They just may take it no questions asked. If the batteries weren't in it at the time would have been probably a little better situation now.
If you do decide to open it and clean and try to repair, good luck. Be careful at the area of the arrow keys and screen. Very small wires there. If you make it this far you should be able to clean it up and put it back together. Of course I take it you'll have all the batteries out, who knows when you put the batteries back in it, it may come back on.

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U can clean that all that soda content on u r calci by removing its cover...but as the soda will be reacting agent it will starts reacting and it will results in rusting of the circuit boards...so i prefer that u better change for a new one...or u can repair that by cleaning it...but cleanin process should be done by a experienced person...plz u dont try to clean that...u may get scratches in u r fingers...for al this things to do...i will tel u one thing that u better go for a new one!!!!

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