PC Doctor March 30, 2018

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Dear PC Doctor:

I took my laptop out to breakfast with me and spilled coffee on it. Now it won’t start. Is it toast? Is there anything I can do?

Thank you,


Dear Hannah:

A quick survey of a variety of computer help websites, (apple.com, PC World, Lifewire, Reader’s Digest, among others), leads me to suggest the following: First, resist the temptation to try to turn it on. Blot up any visible liquid – but don’t wipe, as that might spread it further. Turn your laptop upside down so that any remaining liquid drains out. You can use compressed air or a hair dryer on the coolest setting to try to dry out the components. Remove the power cord and anything else that’s plugged into the computer. Remove your battery, if you can, so the liquid doesn’t short it out. Leave the computer upside down, to dry, for at least 24 hours. Also recommended is to bring it to a good computer repair place and have them check it out before you try to turn it on again.

I wish you luck!

Until next time,

Happy computing!

PC Doctor

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