[conspire] laptop that got pineapple juice in the keyboard

Ross Bernheim rossbernheim at speakeasy.net
Sun Jun 6 17:01:54 PDT 2010

I agree with Bruce that disassembly is required. Remove the drive and  
recover any files you need.

Clean the the board with steam distilled water and a toothbrush. Be  
sure to rinse with more
of the distilled water before leaving it to air dry. After it has air  
dried, put in a closed container with some
rice for a day or two to remove any remaining moisture.

Re-assemble and see if it powers up as normal.

Good luck.


On Jun 6,  02010, at 12:59 PM, bruce coston wrote:

> Get the drive out , recover file . Or abandon it and survive without  
> the file . You may want to use the goodness of extra pure water to  
> clean stuff , like the industry , but it's expensive . Only consider  
> the data recovery pro if truly desperate . Possibly sell the parts  
> online as it's hard to isolate the failure without a known good  
> machine for all part swapping . - good luck as I fear you may need  
> it - Bruce
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> I am trying to decide what to do with a laptop that got pineapple
> juice in the keyboard. It functioned with a few stuck keys for several
> days, then stopped booting into Linux. Enough of the circuitry
> functions so that the hard drive light comes on briefly when I turn it
> on, and I can shut down normally with the power button. I don't know
> whether it can be fixed, or whether I will have to get the hard drive
> taken out and mounted elsewhere. I am open to questions and
> knowledgeable suggestions. Jokes that are more funny than painful are
> also acceptable.
> Almost all of my files are backed up, except for one that I turn out
> to need as soon as possible. I have another computer with Linux....
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