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PC keeps shorting out after a small amount of liquid was spilled on it

By valiel1212
Feb 1, 2010
  1. i need serious help here, it may short out again at any time and i just wanna talk to my lady friend on yahoo please help, could it be shorting out? what do i need to look for? any ideas?
     
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Is this a laptop you're referring to?
    What kind of computer do you have?
    What was the liquid that you spilled and where did you spill it?
     
  3. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its a pc with atx form factor, i spilled coolaid on the top near the usb ports and audio ports and some of it got through the fan which is located on the top and now it just restarts randomly
     
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Did you let it dry at all before attempting restart?
    If not, you can cause a lot of damage.
     
  5. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i didnt, but i didnt notice anything wrong, it wasnt that much coolaid
     
  6. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    and the fan was on so it probably didnt get very far into the pc
     
  7. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it might even be software related im not sure
     
  8. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    My advice to you would be to shut off the computer immediately.
    If you can open it and dry it off with compressed air, do so.
    If not, let it sit at least for one day.
     
  9. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ehh i could live with that but ill have trouble explaining it to her
     
  10. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    luckily my dad has an air compressor so ill do that
     
  11. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Ok just make sure you cut back the air pressure.
    You don't want any more than 20psi.
    10-15 psi recommended, and don't rush anything.
     
     
  12. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok so ive narrowd the problem, the pc is acting as if i pressed the power button
     
  13. valiel1212

    valiel1212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok so its been on nearly an hour and it hasnt shut off, i had to disconnect the cable from the power button to the mobo, i think the damage has been done so drying it wont help, front usb hub is ****ed
     
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