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By hammer ·
What steps need to be taken when water has been spilled all over the CPU? Water got inside as well.

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by hinrgman In reply to Water spill on CPU

Was the machine on when it got wet?? If so you may have major problems. If not you need to dry the machine out. Was it very dusty when this happened or is it a relatively new machine? If it was dusty the water combines with the dust and can create additional problems when cleaning it. Open it up remove whatever you can from the mother board and use a blower to help dry it out. If you can let is sit for a day or two in a warm dry place so any water can evaporate. When it is dry reassemble and plug it in and hope for the best.

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by hammer In reply to Water spill on CPU

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by hinrgman In reply to Water spill on CPU

Was the machine on when it got wet?? If so you may have major problems. If not you need to dry the machine out. Was it very dusty when this happened or is it a relatively new machine? If it was dusty the water combines with the dust and can create additional problems when cleaning it. Open it up remove whatever you can from the mother board and use a blower to help dry it out. If you can let is sit for a day or two in a warm dry place so any water can evaporate. When it is dry reassemble and plug it in and hope for the best.

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by hinrgman In reply to Water spill on CPU

I do not know why the same answer appears twice.

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by hammer In reply to Water spill on CPU

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by TheChas In reply to Water spill on CPU

Disconnect the power supply.
Remove the CPU from the socket.

Clean both the motherboard and the CPU with 90% Isopropyl Alcohol.
Or, an electronics grade spray cleaner that is safe for use on plastics.

If the CPU is a "slot" type, I would dipit into a bath of the cleaner.

Flush the CPU socket pins thouroughly.
After flushing, orient the MB so that the socket is upside down to drain.
Allow everthing to dry completely (over-night) before re-connecting power to the board.

This is similar to the procedures that an electronics mfg follows when cleaning parts.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to Water spill on CPU

Just re-read the question.
I originally thought that you ment that water spilled on the CPU itself.
If it spilled on the case of the computer, you need to look inside and trace the path the water took inside the PC.
Clean anything that was in thewaters path, and allow the unit to dry thouroughly before applying power.
Do not use a heated dryer to speed up the drying process, as the heat could cause more damage.

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by hammer In reply to Water spill on CPU

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by dmiles In reply to Water spill on CPU

Open the case and locate areas where water appears and using a lint free cloth dry the motherboard and all other areas,using a **** dryer on low may help in drying up the water,donot use on med or high wich may cause damage to small circuits,leave case open for a day or so and hope that it drys out and you have not caused any damage to ic's or short circuited any of the modules.

I would not use compressed air.

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