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norey
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Fixing a keyboard after a spill before throwing it away

Greetings,

 

I had a coke spill on my P50 that started from the row above the spacebar downwards to the trackpad. I tried my best to dry everything on the surface after removing the battery. After waiting a while, I started the laptop and keyboard worked fine but after a day passed, some buttons stopped working, buttons that weren't covered by the spill so I guess the spill damaged the connector. I opened up the laptop (a week later), removed the keyboard, sprayed some alcohol on it and cleaned any residue that I was able to see.  Didn't work out, the same buttons were not functioning.

 

Any other ideas to do on the keyboard before I replace it? I doubt such keyboards can be fixed, and probably the only solution is to replace it.

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Re: Fixing a keyboard after a spill before throwing it away

Hi norey,

When you turn back on the P50 while the keyboard is working fine, the keyboard may not have completely dried yet. And some water droplets may have shorted the circuit for some buttons.

You may use hairdryer (cool), dry up and leave it for a day to see if the keyboard button works again. If it does not, you may really need to get a keyboard replacement.

Peter

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norey
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Re: Fixing a keyboard after a spill before throwing it away

Will using a dryer help in this case? it has been 2 weeks since the incident.

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Re: Fixing a keyboard after a spill before throwing it away

Hi norey,

I doubt so, if the button has already been shorted.

Usually, people would use dryer or to soak your device with a bucket of rice to speed up the drying process, but it's not guaranteed that your device would revive even after using the best processes to dry up.

Peter

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Re: Fixing a keyboard after a spill before throwing it away

If you spilled a soft drink on it, save yourself some time and irritation.  Throw it away.


Rich


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Re: Fixing a keyboard after a spill before throwing it away

I agree with Rich.  I spilled Red Bull, maybe 3 0z onto a p50 keyboard, disconnected all power within 1 minute, etc. etc., removed the keyboard within an hour after the spill, wasted time doing the distilled water and isopropyl wash - twice - and waited a week each time, and while there was some improvement, some of the keys would never come back or would type multiple characters or no characters at all.  Don't waste your time.  Get a new keyboard.  And try not to spill on your laptop again!

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