Originally Posted by kent1146
Typically, for spilled liquids, immediately remove ALL power sources (AC and battery), and hang the laptop upside down to let all of the liquid drain. Leave it there for 24-48 hours.
After the liquid has drained and dried, test the laptop. Typically, the laptop will work just fine... the only side effect being a sticky keyboard.
If you do have a sticky keyboard, then remove the keyboard according to the laptop model's instructions, rinse the keyboard with warm water, and hang the keyboard vertically to dry for 48 hours. Do not use any kind of heat drying (ie, hair dryer), since the heat will melt the keys and delicate electronics. When dry, put the keyboard back in the laptop, and pray that it works.
IOne thing you never do is flip your unit upside down if you have spilt something into it, thats one of the worst things you can do with a laptop spill issue with the exception of a full submersion(sp?). First off I have seen units store heavy liquids other than water for weeks after being flipped upside down. While gravity helps a little, not so much with smaller amounts of fluids, its better to carefully take the palm rests off without disturbing the unit as much as possible. The more you shift the liquids around, the more chance you have to getting it to track just the right way to sit in a pocket somewhere, or get into a device you do not want it in. Then when flipped back it would just pour back out agian, or worse trap it somewhere it can do more harm.
Best thing to do is if you can get the keyboard off, and if possible the palmrest (a little trickier with bottom screws but I have done it), and yes absolutely pull all power sources right away. Then just let the unit sit under a lamp (not too close the lamp should be about 24 inches from it not more than 75-80 watts. And let normal evaporation do its thing. If you are not sure allow extra time for drying. (depending on room temp etc I tend to let them sit for 2-5 days).
If you are like me I do tend to disassemble and let it stand from there. Just whatever you do, try not to flip your lappy its really can do the opposite to what you would think your doing. I have seen people blow their speakers, and on some of the 15 and 17" dells the little sub below, the controls on the front of the laptops, and in one time blew out the cooling fan and cpu because coke was trapped in the fan unit that died and then the cpu went after that. Its too risky if you do not have accident insurance.