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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Accidents Happen...

With the best will in the world, accidents can happen to the most cautious of us. As laptop display repair specialists we see all manner of bizarre and unlikely fates befall laptop and netbook screens, but perhaps none as common as a good old liquid spill accident!

Here are a few expert tips to help minimise damage and get your laptop back on its feet. But remember, in cases of severe spill damage, quickly enlisting the services of a professional may be the best option.

1.         You need to stop the flow of power to your laptop ASAP. If you’re working on a project when the spill happens, remember that seconds are important. Avoid saving your work unless you’re certain it’s more important than the laptop itself. Unplug the mains power supply if connected, turn off your laptop (you may need to hold down the power key for 5-10 seconds) and remove the battery pack.
2.         The most important internal components and the laptop display need to be separated from the liquid quickly. Open the laptop to a 90 degree angle and position upside down (a bit like a tent) to encourage liquid away from sensitive laptop/netbook screens and internal parts. Laptops tend to fare better when liquid gathers or drains via the keyboard and edges of the casing.
3.         It may be that a few days in a well-ventilated place (an airing cupboard is ideal) out of direct sunlight is enough to dry-off your laptop and restore it to working order. Avoid random turn-on’s to check it’s progress and leave WELL alone until you’re sure it’s dry.

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