Ack! Or the mixing of liquids and solids …

My poor, poor laptop!

Logan decided to … I don’t know what he thought he was doing, actually … and he spilled Diet Mountain Dew on my laptop keyboard!!!

I thought I got it wiped up okay — it worked fine just afterwards. But by yesterday morning my poor computer keyboard was missing out on the odd letter here and there. And today, I bid a fond farewell to the overall system I believe. I’m running a scan to makes sure there’s no viruses, but I think I’m just screwed.

I got my laptop from Dell, and of course even though I just purchased this thing in January it isn’t covered under warranty because of a 5-year-old spilling liquid on it. ACK!

We’re talking a small fortune to get it fixed, and praying with fervency that it is back to me, working fine, by the time I start back to school.

Let this be a lesson – never drink and type. Ever.

Ugh …
Kat

Katrina Moody

Katrina Moody

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I'm a special needs parent before just about everything else in life, but also a passionate advocate for my three boys and husband, who all have a bit of awesomeness about them. Awesomeness = Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and more. It all adds up to some awesome kids and an amazing family.
Katrina Moody
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  • http://www.complicatedtosimple.com Robert Seth

    This is very sad Katrtina! If you replace this laptop, rather than get it fixed, I suggest finding one with a waterproof keyboard. If there is a risk of this happening frequently, I would recommend using a auxiliary keyboard that you plug into the laptop. This makes you laptop more like a monitor but helps limit the risk of spillage.

    If it we ME and this happened, I would open the laptop, remove the keyboard, wash it off (yes, I really said that), put it in a very cool oven to dry or blow it with the cool setting of a hairdryer, and put it back in. If the laptop is screwed anyway, you have nothing to lose by trying this.

    I don't know how much you spent on this but it may be repairable for less than you think. Sometimes you can search on Google and find parts (sometimes used, like on Ebay) for laptops. You might be able to find a keyboard, or a whole laptop of the same model, that you can use for parts.

    The last thing you might to is take it to Best Buy or someplace like that and see how much they would charge to order you a new keyboard for it and put it in.

    By the way, if the keyboard is all that is a problem, you could still plug a second keyboard into it and it should work fine.

    Hope all this helps

    • Katrina

      Robert – thanks for commenting. I should note that this actually happened last year. :-)

      Now, I never thought about the oven idea. My sweet husband finally came to my rescue and reordered a keyboard when that, in fact, was the only problem with it a few months down the line. I sent this one back to Dell after it met with the Diet Mountain Dew – as it went down into the processor and my laptop was not a happy camper.

      It's said when the bulk of my computing mishaps are the ones caused by my little hurricane called Logan. :-)

      These days I have another keyboard plugged into it at the house (the missing caps lock key on the actual keyboard is a bit of an eyesore but I haven't found just a replacement key for it yet.)

      Thanks for the comments, my new coffee buddy (are you starting your day off perfecting with your own cup? Where's mine? *laughs*
      –Kat

    • http://splusdirect.com/index.php?l=product_list&c=25 Dell Parts

      Robert, could you me the URL to see the specs of this laptop which has water proof keyboard ?

  • http://www.anxiousness.org/ Janina

    Hey there Katrina Moody I really enjoyed your great blog post on Ack! Or the mixing of liquids and solids …. Nicely put I think. Thanks

    • http://katscafe.org Katrina Moody

      Thanks Janina.

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