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RedBull disaster Bare with me a little because this story my be fun. I was DJing at a local gig yesterday, and some fool spilled his cup of RedBull and ice on the laptop. First the pointer went dead then in a matter of seconds it all died, and the computer wouldnt boot anymore. Bieng a bit responsible I immediatly unplugged all usb, battery and ac outlets. I then left home in a rush holding the laptop upside down. I left the club a mixed cd if your wondering. Once I got home, i opened the laptop and blow dried all the inside then left it open all night to dry till today afternoon when i decided to take it to the lousy techs. They said that i should risk it and try and put it on. And so i did, and to my luck it went fine and booted. However, when I got home i discovered a couple of hidden problems. The whole laptop had slowed down considerably. All programs take longer to load. Audio is clipping, and this is the worst of them for me, bieng as though I count on the laptop in all my gigs. The keys are ofcourse all sticky, and I have a general feeling that the laptop is about to die in any second. Oh and it beeps randomly, the sound it gives when if first boots. Im really concerned, and I want to clean all the stickiness from the inside, because i believe its the sugar stuck on the chips that doing all the trouble, maybe the sound card took the direct hit. Is there any specail solution i could use? Oh and I read this thread : , and I want to know if you can send me any manual on removing each key and cleaning it, because most keys are really stiky and its really frustrating. Thanks alot. Firas Khawaja,

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Not only do most of these types of drinks contain sugar, but most contain acids, also. If not cleaned off, it will eventually cause corrosion and further troubles on down the road.

If I were trying to recover from this type of situation (Don't ask me how I know! Grin!) I would completely dissassemble the laptop. Then I would put just a bit of dish soap in some warm water. Not enough to really make any suds, just enough to act as a surfactant.

I would recommend moving through these processes reasonably quickly as you don't really want to soak things, you just want to get things clean. I would immerse the keyboard in this solution and use a soft, long bristled brush ( a 1" paint brush would work), and carefully brush down between all of the keys. While still in the solution, press each key several times to work the sugars out. Then I would put the keyboard in clear warm water and do the same thing. This would be followed by shaking the water out of the keyboard assembly, rinsing the assembly with 90% alcohol, shaking the alcohol out and setting aside to air dry.

I would use the same procedure for the system board but would be even more gentle and careful.

Using the same procedure, I would continue by cleaning out the inside of the case and any connectors or assemblies that may have gotten any of the drink in them.

After allowing enough time for everything to dry, reassemble.


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Dear Firas

Try the following guide (For the Keys)

There are no guides from HP for the keys available for the DV1000 but this guide will be more than enough to help you through this one in order to remove them. Its completely the same principle

In order to reach the inside of the laptop you definetely need the User/Service Manual of the Laptop with instructions on how to take it apart, which is found here:
As i see it beneath the keyboard the IC's of the laptop (motherbard's/memory/wifi/ sound card etc) should be cleaned with clear alcochol or near clear (95% and upwards) with a soft brush (ESD if possible)

Then let it dry either (If you do your previous method take it easy though,not to close, as some chips at temps >85 degrees celcius could be damaged.)

Please remember to ground yourself first and if possible wear antistatic gloves to protect the IC's from damage from electrostatic discharge. Again before you do this remember to remove any AC cables and the battery.

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