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Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 04:49 PM

Here's a stupid one: I spilled water (just plain water, not carbonated water, just plain old water) on my keyboard, and now some keys aren't responding (duh!). What are the chance's that the keyboard can be redeemed? And what are the steps to repairing it? It's MS Natur Ergo 4000 and fairly new.

The keys that aren't working (if it means anything) are: y, u, i, o, numlock, /, *, - (next to the numlock), and prntscren, scroll lock, pause.

It's 3 "lines of keys":
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UPDATE:

The Fn Lock key stopped working a few seconds ago, lol *facepalm/sigh combo*

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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 04:54 PM

I'm no keyboard-jonny but I would leave it in a cool, dry, location, for 12+ hours. Trying to force them to work probably isn't helping.

Otherwise, try to favour the other keys ;) (Apologies!)

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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:03 PM

Ha, at least I have all the necessary keys to program in brainfuck!

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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:09 PM

Be thankful though, I previously spilt a full cup of coffee onto/into! my laptop :helpsmilie:
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:18 PM

Get something like damp rid and SEAL it shut for for a few hours and the moisture will be pulled from it. I won't guarantee it will fix it, above all keep it completely without power until all the moisture is out.
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:20 PM

I've actually done worse: accidently poured hot chocolate right into one of the intake fans of my pc. Amazingly the little thing refused to die for several hours, but in the end it was just too much for it to handle :D :P
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:39 PM

Did you turn it off straight-away and leave it for ages? I didn't, and it appears you didn't either, if you were trying to resuscitate it during those hours.

http://www.wikihow.c...Spilt-Coffee-On

Fancy sticking your keyboard in the dishwasher, and dismantling all the keys?

http://www.wikihow.c...in-a-Dishwasher

:surrender:

An important note in that link:

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DO NOT use dishwasher detergent.


He, he, an even more important note further down:

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Use this method only on a computer keyboard–not a laptop.

hilarious!
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:40 PM

Didn't turn it off straight away. :(
And the keys aren't removable :(

And one more thing: I think the dishwasher trick is for washing out other liquids, no point in washing out water with water, right? :D

Hope it'll come back to life after it dries off properly :)

Speaking of lifehacks, another interesting one I've seen is putting a malfunctioning GPU into the oven!
Really works, too!

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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:50 PM

I hope that no-one else picks up on the dishwasher suggestion! I think I'd rather put it in the bin.

View PostRexGrammer, on 08 January 2014 - 12:40 AM, said:

Speaking of lifehacks, another interesting one I've seen is putting a malfunctioning GPU into the oven!
Really works, too!

Above, or below, the chicken?

I know that you spilt water, not coffee, but it is still mildly amusing that this is in the Caffeine Lounge ;)
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 06:12 PM

View Postandrewsw, on 08 January 2014 - 01:50 AM, said:

Above, or below, the chicken?


Well, the ideal way is to stuff the chicken with it, so you get optimal performance.
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 07 January 2014 - 07:48 PM

All keys can be removed if need be. I have never seen an MS keyboard with mechanical keys. It has a plastic sheet with contacts on it separated with another sheet of plastic, with holes in it, when you press a key, the contacts touch and register a key press. Water is probably in between the contacts so it cannot register a key press. If it were me, I would unscrew the back of the keyboard and take out the board, and then the plastic and dry by hand and put back together.
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 08 January 2014 - 06:36 AM

Took the whole thing apart, cleaned it and still no change. Although I removed some water, but those weren't the keys that were malfunctioning. I'll just leave it to dry a bit more (maybe it's still a bit moist). :P

Another thing I've noticed is that there's slight discolouration on the bottom-most membrane, just a bit above one set of keys that don't work :( The water might've eaten the membrane. Shame, since all of the electronics are intact :P

I'll try to fix it by using conductive silver paint tomorrow when I have more time.

EDIT: Also the F6 key doesn't work (out of all the function keys only that one doesn't work LOL)

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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:24 AM

If it's not mechanical, you should be able to diassemble the unit, down to the circuit looking thingy (yeah, real technical jargon), & wash it off with Alcohol. Likely there is sugar or corrosion, depending on what type of drink you spilled. You can also safely run any plastic (nothing electronic) through the dishwasher for a full on cleaning.

Obviously let dry & re-assemble.

View PostRexGrammer, on 07 January 2014 - 07:40 PM, said:

Didn't turn it off straight away. :(

This is the most damaging thing. To continue to use it while it's wet... you may as well start shopping for another, imo.
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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:28 AM

Yeah I did that. And found out the circuit looking thingy (membrane :D) has some washed out parts (tried using contact spray), so I'll probably resolder that or use silver paint. I'm surprised it actually happened because it was plain water, although there might've already been something inside, so the water and that something reacted :P

Another thing: I spilt it while playing a game (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning), and didn't drain until I was done with it (few hours), it was a lot of h2o, really a lot

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Re: Water spilled on keyboard

Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:59 AM

View PostRexGrammer, on 08 January 2014 - 10:28 AM, said:

Yeah I did that. And found out the circuit looking thingy (membrane :D/>) has some washed out parts (tried using contact spray), so I'll probably resolder that or use silver paint. I'm surprised it actually happened because it was plain water, although there might've already been something inside, so the water and that something reacted :P/>

Another thing: I spilt it while playing a game (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning), and didn't drain until I was done with it (few hours), it was a lot of h2o, really a lot



is it really worth the time?

just buy a new keyboard
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