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Spilled about 1/4 cup liquid (iced tea) onto laptop keyboard and computer shut down. First I turned over and drained liquid from keyboard. Second I removed battery hard drive and optical drive and am letting them air out although I am not detecting any liquid on these parts. What else should I do? many many thanks. abbey

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... continuing this suggestion ... my PC seemed to think I had finished my answer. I had not, I must try to complete it now. So I will try to pick up where I left off:

Do the hair dryer treatment for a few days. Once you have done it that way there are two more things:
1) Pray, and 2) Try to start this laptop again.

Remember that in a computer, especially a laptop, almost all parts are solid state of one kind or another. Which means tha so long as you treat things carefully, and do not try anything esoteric with the guts of the laptop, everything should be fine, once all has been dried out.

Given that all parts can be brought back again to a usable state, your patience and giving it the necessary time to dry out completely, your laptop should be resurrected, if given the time to do so.

Good Luck,
-a.

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