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Liquid spilled on hp laptop and enter key does not work ...i cant start my laptop up

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If the liquid was plain water, then no problem. Just dry it out with a hair dryer.

However, if the liquid contained sugar, the solution is a bit more difficult. Sugar crystallizes as it dries and takes on the characteristics of concrete. Let's take the easy one first:

  • Go to AutoZone and buy a spray can of CRC QD Electronic Cleaner.
  • Plug in your vacuum cleaner and be ready to immediately turn it on.
  • Spray the keybord with the cleaner.
  • Turn on the vacuum cleaner and pass it over the keyboard until there is no trace of the cleaner.
  • Repeat this process three (3) times.
If the problem still isn't solved we go the harder solution. Immediately beneath each key there is a latex or rubber prophylactic that protects the innards from liquids. It has to be cleaned off.and that means the key must be removed. Make small hook out of a paper clip. Insert it under the key and gently lift it up and off. Spray cleaner of the latx membrane and remove any remnants of the liquid with a clean cloth.

To reinstall the key just press it back on gently and it will click into place.

That should solve your problem. As a case in point, I'm typing this on a Microsoft keyboard that has been bathed in hot coffee on a couple of occasions.

All the best


Posted on May 23, 2011


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