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Water Spill on Dell E1505

My son spilled just a little bit of water on his Dell E1505 keyboard. He saw a message flash on the screen Halt . . . but was turning it off as fast as possible and didn't not the whole message. He turned the laptop over to drain water immediately and held it that way for six hours or so. He knows to wait at least 24 hours before turning it on. Unfortunately he is on an island off of Africa. He doesn't have a screw driver to open the laptop. How durable and water proof is this laptop? He didn't spill very much water, but is very worried about turning it back on.

Any thoughts about what else he can or should do?

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  • jasas Jan 04, 2008

    His best MacGiver solution was to sit under a tree near the beach (Indian Ocean) with laptop on his lap for several hours and let the warm, brisk breezes help with the drying. (No tools, no hairdryer and actually no power on the island.) He waited 36 hours and fired it up. He was very fortunate that the laptop is working just fine. Thank goodness for text messaging, which allows for emergency communications. Thank you both for taking the time to respond. You were both very helpful and it gave him much peace of mind that he was doing all he could under the circumstances. Thank you again and best wishes for the new year!

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It's impossible to say if any damage was done. I know he does not have tools, but here's a link to the Dell support site for the 2200.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins2200/en/SM/index.htm

Maybe he can pull a McGiver and find something to loosen a few screws.

If it was me I would do the following. I would remove anything that can be removed without tools: battery, CD-ROM, any PCMCIA cards, etc. If he can find some way to pry off the bezel at the top of the keyboad according to the instructions that would be good too. If he has a hair dryer he should use it, but I would just sweep it back and forth without heating any of the plastic parts too much. Waiting about 24 hours is a good idea if he can stand the suspense.

I want you to know that I don't get paid for giving suggestions on this site. It's a peculiar hobby I know, but I like trying to help. The problem with replying to a question like this is there may be no solution. I see these kinds of posts and then nobody responds because we're a an informal competition to see who can solve the most problems. At a minimum I hope you'll find this information helpful and rate it accordingly, but mainly I hope your son's computer is OK. Please let me know how it works out. Good luck.

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Let it dry out for a few days in the Most moisture Free Place he can find. Two may be Three days to be safe, Then is should have dried out enough to work again, There pretty durable with spills, If its a newer E1505 It should have a spill protector under the keyboard. I think he should'nt have any trouble with it, If he just waits a few days everything should be fine

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