• First, you can avoid most spills by simply keeping your computer away from liquids and food.
• Set up your power options properly. Use the “Do Nothing” option when you close the lid. Close the lid when you’re drinking to guard against spills. When you re-open, you won’t have to re-enter a password. Closing the lid shuts off the screen and is independent from the machine’s software settings. This avoids overheating and saves energy.
• Some computer manufacturers have a spill provision in their warranties. So, make sure you check it out before cracking the machine’s case. Many of these manufacturers void a warranty once they determine that an unauthorized
technician worked on your computer. If there’s no record of prior service by an authorized technician, the company may not cover the repairs.
• Most manufacturers disassemble and diagnose a liquid damaged computer for a small fee. They usually have a contractor to provide repairs. A quick call to your manufacturer’s technical support should get you on the right track.
• If you don’t want to hassle with repairs or you’re constantly spilling on your laptop you can buy total replacement insurance. This is pretty cheap, but don’t buy an extended warranty or replacement contract unless you’ve shopped
around online. However, keep in mind that third-party warranties often only cover “in-house” repairs not manufacturer repairs. These third parties also often use non-manufacturer approved parts. This voids a manufacturer warranty
• Removing a laptop case is not easy. You must remove all the screws. They are tiny and are all over the case. You’ll want to check for outside screws and internal compartment screws behind the battery or under labels.
• Never forcibly remove the case or you’ll break plastic or bend metal. If you can’t get the case off, make sure you look for more screws. The case screws may be star screws too. If so, you’ll need a star screwdriver set.
• If you discover many different screws in a casing, make a drawing of the layout and tape each screw to the drawing. This ensures you’ll put the screws back correctly.
• Consider taking a video of the disassembly process. You have to understand cable and bracket placement and orientation. A simple slip up like a crimped wire or cable can fry an entire circuit board.
• Find the laptop’s service manual, or hardware maintenance manual on the manufacturer’s website. These guides usually tell you how to take apart your laptop.
• Keep in mind that laptops get designed with custom components and connections. This means they vary by manufacturer. Sometimes a component slides into place and held by a screw and another may have two screws or an entire retention
bracket holding it.
• Allow air to circulate all around a machine when drying it. Prop it away from surfaces so air can get under it. Allow the computer to dry for several days to be safe.
• Use deionized water instead of tap water to clean your components [when necessary]. Tap water contains ions and chemical impurities that leave residue on delicate electronic components.
• Check a tropical fish store for water deionization tablets.
• Consider buying a laptop keyboard cover or membrane. It may take awhile to get used to it but if you turn up your keypad sensitivity you should be fine. A cover doesn’t allow spills get into the machine between the keys.
• You’ll also get protection if you purchase a laptop jacket. These are light covers that protect the laptop by zipping completely around the laptop like a binder. Some of these are quite expensive but are usually padded enough to
protect the machine from falls too.
• If you own a tablet machine they usually have no keyboard to spill into. They come with rubber protection on the ports. You can still spill liquids into them, it’s just tougher to do.
• Consider buying a “rugged” notebook. They are typically liquid and shock proof. These are perfect if you are accident prone or use your machine under adverse conditions.
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