Drink spilled on laptop

  nerawan2 14:51 25 Jul 06
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I have an almost new LAPTOP. By accident a cocacola spilled inside the same bag containing the laptop. Now it has spots in the screen.

What can I do?. I bought the basic warranty.Do you think it will be covered by that?. or I will have to buy extra warranty. I think still I can do that. Thanks for your opinions.

  ArrGee 15:13 25 Jul 06

This may sound basic, but have you tried cleaning the screen? There are specialist pc screen cleaning sprays available.

  FelixTCat 15:22 25 Jul 06

Get a clean cloth, dampen it and wring it out until it is nearly dry. No more water should come out of it.

With the laptop switched off and removed from any mains power supply, gently wipe the screen clean. Since the cola almost certainly splashed onto other parts of the laptop, gently wipe those too.

Leave a short time to dry and switch on.

Regards,

Felix

  nerawan2 15:28 25 Jul 06

This happened last week. Still the spots are there. The problemis the spots are not on the surface. They are inside the screen.

  wee eddie 15:37 25 Jul 06

you are a lucky bunny.

  Diemmess 15:46 25 Jul 06

Sorry for your trouble. whatever you do you will always wish you could rewind that bit of your life.

Electronic damage seems virtually none.
Aesthetics and personal pride heavy damage.

If it looks that awful you are going to have to have the screen replaced at a fruity sum.

Most warranties do not cover accidental damage, but house/contents insurance might?

  amonra 16:30 25 Jul 06

Have a read of your house insurance, may be covered under accidental damage to personal property.

  FelixTCat 16:51 25 Jul 06

If you REALLY want to, you can dismantle the screen so that you can clean the inside. The surround usually has rubber bumpers to rest on the chassis when the laptop is closed. Under some or all of them are the screws holding the screen together.

Unless you have some idea of what you are doing, I do NOT recommend that you dismantle it. If the spots really upset you, find a local pc repairer who might charge you £25 - £50 to do it if you are lucky.

If it is only cosmetic, just use it and think like wee eddie!

I doubt your insurance will want to know if the laptop still functions.

Regards,

Felix

  Woolwell 16:53 25 Jul 06

Have a close look at your warranty. My wife bought a laptop at PCW. Spilt wine over it - result drunken laptop - and the keyboard was changed under warranty.

  Ray5776 16:57 25 Jul 06

A longshot and I have not tried it personally but saw it in a posting some time ago.
It was suggested that this kind of damage can somtimes be rectified by gently massaging the spots with a dry cotton bud.
It`s got to be worth a try, costs nothing, good luck.

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