Spilled water on keyboard = some letters doesn´t work :/

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  1. victorgm

    victorgm Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello everyone!

    I´m the owner of a MSI GS60 2PC, and yesterday while I was working (as I use it for my architecture job), I spilled the half of a glass of water on the keyboard....I tried to react quickly and clean and dry it with paper, but I was stupid and left it on for 15mins more, as I thought that it was not too much water (now I´ve read I should have shutted it down inmediately). After it I dried it with a hair dryer (minimum heat) and left it all night facing down on the sofa.

    Right now, I have tried to use it (for working), and sadly there´re some letters that are not working on the middle-left side....and the warranty expired some months ago...on the other hand, the laptop seems to work fine as always.

    I´ve opened my laptop like 3 times to change the SSD/RAM/M.2, so I know how to dissamble the keyboard. What I don´t know if how to repair/clean/dry the keyboard if I dissamble it...or how to detect if the water has also affected the motherboard or other circuits...could you please help me?

    Another option would be to buy a replacement, but it cost +150€ on ebay, so I would prefer to try first myself.

    Many thanks! i´ll be waiting for your tips!

    Victor
     
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    @victorgm remove the keyboard right away, stop using the laptop with it. Pour a lot of distilled water (available in auto parts shops, gas stations etc) on the keyboard. Let it dry for a week or so in a warm place, use the laptop with external keyboard while it's drying up. You'll likely end up ordering a replacement keyboard (here's non-backlit for $45 which might be compatible, check it out), but worth a try.
     
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    victorgm Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi Starlight5, many thanks for your answer!

    I have tried to follow your advice, just to discover that I had to disassemble everything, and finally I discovered that the keyboard of my laptop MSI GS60 2PC is somehow glued to a metal plate...so it's almost impossible to remove just the keyboard alone...and if I want to replace it, I should buy the keyboard+the frame "C" together....a nice sh*t...because that costs +190€...

    Right now the metallic plate looks like this:

    https://imgur.com/a/sDjZo

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    Im writting now from an usb keyboard, as some keys are still not working...any ideas?

    Many thanks again :)
     
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    @victorgm well, your best bet is to give it a week to recover and hope for the best. Good thing it was just water, not wine or cognac.
     
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    victorgm Notebook Enthusiast

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    Many thanks Starlight5 again :)

    I will try that, and meanwhile I will continue using an usb keyboard...

    Just one last question: If I continue using the laptop without touching the keyboard, would it be possible it to recover? or should I let it turned off for some days? because i need it for working... :/

    Many thanks!
     
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    @victorgm give it a day or two if you can, and/or use the fan again. You can try using it as soon as you're sure it dried up. I had a (desktop) Mac keyboard with the same problem, that fully recovered eventually.
     
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    You're probably going to have to buy a new keyboard. I would definitely take off your keyboard and make sure no trapped moisture makes it to the top of your mobo. If that happens, well you know what happens next.
     
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    I resurrected mine mobo (water damage trough keyboard when in power recharge and in use) by spilling on it many etanol alcohol (isopropanol) at 99,5% purity, and brushing the oxided part by a tootrbush
     
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