What do you do with a drunken laptop?

We all know that accidents happen. But now, you’ve spilled a drink on your laptop, and you’re at a loss as to what to do. Well, first, don’t panic. Things may not be as bad as they seem.

It’s likely the laptop was very surprised by the sudden introduction of a liquid and has turned itself off. Leave it off for now; trying to wake it up now could cause more damage. It’s a fact that laptops hate being wet worse than cats. Remove the power cord and if at all possible, remove the battery as well. Stand the laptop up on the edge opposite where it plugs in to power. We want the liquid that has gotten in the case to all flow one way, and the edge opposite the power connector usually has large vents. If there are panels on the underside of the laptop, open them to increase air flow. Don’t touch any of the components inside the panels; we don’t want to take a chance of damaging any important parts.

Well, that’s it. That’s all you need to do besides wait. Give the laptop at least a couple of days to dry thoroughly. Then close up the underside panels, replace the battery and plug in the power. It will either turn on, in which case you’ll feel quite clever, or it won’t, in which case it’s a lucky thing you had all your data backed up.

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