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Wife split beer on brand new Toshiba Sat P500

by erict81 / December 29, 2009 2:42 AM PST

Last night my wife spilt maybe 1/4 cup of beer on my brand new Toshiba Satellite P500 Plain

Wiped up what I could and shut it down for the evening.
Next morning some keys will not work.. computer starts up fine, no noises, burning etc. Just the keys are a little wonky.

Should I just remove and rinse the keyboard? or replace it entirely?
I don't care if this voids the warranty as I only have the (1)yr manufacture warranty on it.

Thanks for the help, Eric

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I'd try
by Jimmy Greystone / December 29, 2009 3:35 AM PST

I'd try just taking the keyboard off and seeing if washing it off will help. If that doesn't do it, get a new one.

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(NT) That's a darn waste of beer. :)
by ChuckT / December 29, 2009 3:41 PM PST
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(NT) I bet your next wife doesn't do that.
by ChuckT / December 29, 2009 3:41 PM PST
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Rinse and repeat
by DrCamphill / December 29, 2009 9:30 PM PST

The beer has sugar and other additives that will stick to everything. Buy some 95% rubbing alcohol, a spray bottle and a small brush. Remove the keyboard and spray it down LIBERALLY. Use the brush to clean as much as possible. Rinse under a running faucet of water and repeat. Either set it in the sun for a couple days to dry...or better yet, if you can, put the entire keyboard inside a closed ziplock bag of rice for a full day or so...the longer the better.

There really is nothing in a keyboard that can go bad. It's the liquid/sugar/other sticky stuff that's causing your problems. You need to get it clean.

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Clean that keyboard in the dishwasher.
by Tufenuf / December 29, 2009 10:40 PM PST
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This is a laptop
by Jimmy Greystone / December 29, 2009 11:01 PM PST

This is a laptop though, and I can tell you that those keys are generally not on quite as firmly as your average desktop keyboard. So I wouldn't put it in the dishwasher unless you want a couple keys to pop off. And once a key comes off a laptop keyboard, it never goes back on properly.

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Re: This is a laptop
by Tufenuf / December 29, 2009 11:46 PM PST
In reply to: This is a laptop

Jimmy, I missed that it was a laptop. If that's the case I wouldn't recommend putting it in the dishwasher. My mistake and Thanks for pointing that out.


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by erict81 / December 29, 2009 11:59 PM PST
In reply to: Re: This is a laptop

Thanks for the help and the laughs guys. Will try the wash-down with alcohol, I'll let you know how it turns out. Cheers, -Eric

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