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October 28, 2013 1:16:51 AM

i have an i7-920 and i was running an A.L.C Vantage Cooler on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDChTNzOeR8

my motherboard started beeping, going apeshit, and i decided to turn off my computer, after seeing the screen (on the cooler) glow red. as soon as i turned it off the cooler pops, spilling this chemical (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?)) all over my computer, all of my components; my PSU, MOBO and my GFX cards as well as my wireless card (that's right, wireless card. big woop, wanna fight about it?). i quickly unplugged everything, even my monitor, and tried to dry up as much as i could. i separated everything and dried everything with a compressor. afterwards i cleaned up with alcohol. i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what is in the coolers and if it damages computer parts/components. how long should i have everything drying and is there another step, i should take as well as missed? sorry for the tl;dr. thank you for reading and thank you more if you take the time to help my dumbass out. P.S. (?) this happened like 13 hours ago and i haven't turned on my PC.

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October 28, 2013 2:04:02 AM

youcanDUit said:
i have an i7-920 and i was running an A.L.C Vantage Cooler on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDChTNzOeR8

my motherboard started beeping, going apeshit, and i decided to turn off my computer, after seeing the screen (on the cooler) glow red. as soon as i turned it off the cooler pops, spilling this chemical (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?)) all over my computer, all of my components; my PSU, MOBO and my GFX cards as well as my wireless card (that's right, wireless card. big woop, wanna fight about it?). i quickly unplugged everything, even my monitor, and tried to dry up as much as i could. i separated everything and dried everything with a compressor. afterwards i cleaned up with alcohol. i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what is in the coolers and if it damages computer parts/components. how long should i have everything drying and is there another step, i should take as well as missed? sorry for the tl;dr. thank you for reading and thank you more if you take the time to help my dumbass out. P.S. (?) this happened like 13 hours ago and i haven't turned on my PC.


If you haven't had it for longer than 2 years you should call the company to RMA the product, also if you components are not working after the fluid has gone on then (it should be fine) then tell the company and they might have to replace any damaged components

If the above doesnt work then:

The coolant shouldn't have effected your board, however it will also be very difficult to dry, using Isopropyl alcohol and an ear bud put the alcohol on the board to take off the coolant, after you must let it dry naturally, and it should boot up fine
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October 28, 2013 3:58:37 AM

youcanDUit said:
l (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?))


Ethelyne Glycol is what they use, also known as the main ingredient in Anti-Freeze. So its pretty possible that its similar to whats in your car.

Any damage would be caused by it shorting something out, the coolant itself shouldnt react chemically to your components. Get it all cleaned off and if the machine survived the initial failure it should be fine.

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October 29, 2013 1:43:27 PM

ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
i have an i7-920 and i was running an A.L.C Vantage Cooler on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDChTNzOeR8

my motherboard started beeping, going apeshit, and i decided to turn off my computer, after seeing the screen (on the cooler) glow red. as soon as i turned it off the cooler pops, spilling this chemical (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?)) all over my computer, all of my components; my PSU, MOBO and my GFX cards as well as my wireless card (that's right, wireless card. big woop, wanna fight about it?). i quickly unplugged everything, even my monitor, and tried to dry up as much as i could. i separated everything and dried everything with a compressor. afterwards i cleaned up with alcohol. i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what is in the coolers and if it damages computer parts/components. how long should i have everything drying and is there another step, i should take as well as missed? sorry for the tl;dr. thank you for reading and thank you more if you take the time to help my dumbass out. P.S. (?) this happened like 13 hours ago and i haven't turned on my PC.


If you haven't had it for longer than 2 years you should call the company to RMA the product, also if you components are not working after the fluid has gone on then (it should be fine) then tell the company and they might have to replace any damaged components

If the above doesnt work then:

The coolant shouldn't have effected your board, however it will also be very difficult to dry, using Isopropyl alcohol and an ear bud put the alcohol on the board to take off the coolant, after you must let it dry naturally, and it should boot up fine


thank you so much for helping me out. so i can just pour alcohol on the mobo? or how should i do it? i'm worried about trying to google my way out of it, considering i'm not dealing with the usual soda or water. you guys are bloody geniuses, is there anything i can do about my graphics cards and my PSU? also, i contacted the company and they told me that it's ok to soak the board in water, for like 30 seconds. should i?
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October 29, 2013 1:46:01 PM

manofchalk said:
youcanDUit said:
l (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?))


Ethelyne Glycol is what they use, also known as the main ingredient in Anti-Freeze. So its pretty possible that its similar to whats in your car.

Any damage would be caused by it shorting something out, the coolant itself shouldnt react chemically to your components. Get it all cleaned off and if the machine survived the initial failure it should be fine.



any way/idea how i should go about cleaning the graphics cards and the PSU?
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October 29, 2013 2:12:27 PM

youcanDUit said:
ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
i have an i7-920 and i was running an A.L.C Vantage Cooler on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDChTNzOeR8

my motherboard started beeping, going apeshit, and i decided to turn off my computer, after seeing the screen (on the cooler) glow red. as soon as i turned it off the cooler pops, spilling this chemical (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?)) all over my computer, all of my components; my PSU, MOBO and my GFX cards as well as my wireless card (that's right, wireless card. big woop, wanna fight about it?). i quickly unplugged everything, even my monitor, and tried to dry up as much as i could. i separated everything and dried everything with a compressor. afterwards i cleaned up with alcohol. i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what is in the coolers and if it damages computer parts/components. how long should i have everything drying and is there another step, i should take as well as missed? sorry for the tl;dr. thank you for reading and thank you more if you take the time to help my dumbass out. P.S. (?) this happened like 13 hours ago and i haven't turned on my PC.


If you haven't had it for longer than 2 years you should call the company to RMA the product, also if you components are not working after the fluid has gone on then (it should be fine) then tell the company and they might have to replace any damaged components

If the above doesnt work then:

The coolant shouldn't have effected your board, however it will also be very difficult to dry, using Isopropyl alcohol and an ear bud put the alcohol on the board to take off the coolant, after you must let it dry naturally, and it should boot up fine


thank you so much for helping me out. so i can just pour alcohol on the mobo? or how should i do it? i'm worried about trying to google my way out of it, considering i'm not dealing with the usual soda or water. you guys are bloody geniuses, is there anything i can do about my graphics cards and my PSU? also, i contacted the company and they told me that it's ok to soak the board in water, for like 30 seconds. should i?


http://www.ifixit.com/Wiki/Electronics_Water_Damage

I use an earbud as its gentle and small enough to be delicate you wont damage anything (unless you intend too)

You can submerge the whole board but I never like doing that , its painstaking but use the earbud all over the board GENTLE and then let it dry until you are happy , as it will react with heat so dont put in back into a pc until its dry

Here are some parts to consider if you are doing this yourself:

your keyboard and any plastic case may de-color
the insulation coating of motherboard, (some motherboard have used insulation spray to pass ESD test.
some cheap plastic parts, some of china capacitors will actually melt and deform in alcohol.
your warranty code, "make sure you won't wipe it to white so the warranty void"


If in doubt ask a professional cleaner to do it, which would alleviate stress on you behalf.


The alcohol to use:

The common 70% rubbing alcohol would work just as well, the aromatic additives are safe for just about any surface and sublimate quickly to leave nothing behind.

The main reasons to use high-alcohol for cleaning are:
- dries up quickly
- alcohol and distilled water are non-conductive
- no minerals or other contaminants to cause corrosion and stains
- alcohol and water mix can lift/dissolve a wider range of contaminants than either one alone

I'd recommend 90+% Isopropyl alcohol
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October 29, 2013 2:14:41 PM

Also with the company (I have dealt with shifty terms) before you dump the board in alcohol would be best , but non conductive DISTILLED water would also work


Have an email or written proof that this company told you to do this to your board, thus if something goes wrong it is their best interest to help you sort it okay.
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October 29, 2013 2:33:52 PM

youcanDUit said:
will this work?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkWePqTfD14

(almost joking not too sure).


With the alcohol i suggested yes it would

Just be more gentle , soft non conductive cloth/ear bud to clean the board submerge in alcohol and then take it out 10-20 seconds after and let it dry naturally do not put it near a radiator etc
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October 29, 2013 6:10:54 PM

a friend just got me degreaser wash (has the same chemical properties as electrical contact cleaner). i was wondering if i can use that on the motherboard, psu or my graphics cards?
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October 30, 2013 1:16:18 AM

youcanDUit said:
a friend just got me degreaser wash (has the same chemical properties as electrical contact cleaner). i was wondering if i can use that on the motherboard, psu or my graphics cards?


I wouldn't use a degreaser... you use stuff like that on bikes

Also what about the power supply? Please dont take that apart to clean it , you can die from discharge if you dont know what you are doing
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October 30, 2013 1:19:27 AM

ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
a friend just got me degreaser wash (has the same chemical properties as electrical contact cleaner). i was wondering if i can use that on the motherboard, psu or my graphics cards?


I wouldn't use a degreaser... you use stuff like that on bikes

Also what about the power supply? Please dont take that apart to clean it , you can die from discharge if you dont know what you are doing


even if it's unplugged?! what can i do about my PSU? what about my graphics cards?
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October 30, 2013 3:54:13 AM

youcanDUit said:
ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
a friend just got me degreaser wash (has the same chemical properties as electrical contact cleaner). i was wondering if i can use that on the motherboard, psu or my graphics cards?


I wouldn't use a degreaser... you use stuff like that on bikes

Also what about the power supply? Please dont take that apart to clean it , you can die from discharge if you dont know what you are doing


even if it's unplugged?! what can i do about my PSU? what about my graphics cards?


For the gpu , use an earbud/soft paintbrush or cloth and alcohol to clean the top of the pcb, and then take the shroud off to do the inside the same

you can also do the same as the mobo and dip in a tub of alcohol, then use compressed air to dry it off. let it dry after for as long as you can.

I can cause discolouring to the plastic however this is normal and doesnt mean you have damaged your card.

You could open the PSU, BUT I don't recommend that, unless you are VERY safe, and know what you're doing. They told tons of voltage. I once blew a screw driver in half, from arc'ing it out on the PSU

If is an expensive one get a professional to do it, if its a cheap one replace it. I'm not going to suggest you clean the inside of it as it is very dangerous.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215200/Teenager-Shawnee-Oklahoma-dies-electrocuted-fixing-computer.html
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October 30, 2013 10:19:28 AM

ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
a friend just got me degreaser wash (has the same chemical properties as electrical contact cleaner). i was wondering if i can use that on the motherboard, psu or my graphics cards?


I wouldn't use a degreaser... you use stuff like that on bikes

Also what about the power supply? Please dont take that apart to clean it , you can die from discharge if you dont know what you are doing


even if it's unplugged?! what can i do about my PSU? what about my graphics cards?


For the gpu , use an earbud/soft paintbrush or cloth and alcohol to clean the top of the pcb, and then take the shroud off to do the inside the same

you can also do the same as the mobo and dip in a tub of alcohol, then use compressed air to dry it off. let it dry after for as long as you can.

I can cause discolouring to the plastic however this is normal and doesnt mean you have damaged your card.

You could open the PSU, BUT I don't recommend that, unless you are VERY safe, and know what you're doing. They told tons of voltage. I once blew a screw driver in half, from arc'ing it out on the PSU

If is an expensive one get a professional to do it, if its a cheap one replace it. I'm not going to suggest you clean the inside of it as it is very dangerous.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215200/Teenager-Shawnee-Oklahoma-dies-electrocuted-fixing-computer.html


damn. even if the psu's been unplugged for 3+ days it can kill me?!
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October 30, 2013 10:31:53 AM

youcanDUit said:
ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
ed d said:
youcanDUit said:
a friend just got me degreaser wash (has the same chemical properties as electrical contact cleaner). i was wondering if i can use that on the motherboard, psu or my graphics cards?


I wouldn't use a degreaser... you use stuff like that on bikes

Also what about the power supply? Please dont take that apart to clean it , you can die from discharge if you dont know what you are doing


even if it's unplugged?! what can i do about my PSU? what about my graphics cards?


For the gpu , use an earbud/soft paintbrush or cloth and alcohol to clean the top of the pcb, and then take the shroud off to do the inside the same

you can also do the same as the mobo and dip in a tub of alcohol, then use compressed air to dry it off. let it dry after for as long as you can.

I can cause discolouring to the plastic however this is normal and doesnt mean you have damaged your card.

You could open the PSU, BUT I don't recommend that, unless you are VERY safe, and know what you're doing. They told tons of voltage. I once blew a screw driver in half, from arc'ing it out on the PSU

If is an expensive one get a professional to do it, if its a cheap one replace it. I'm not going to suggest you clean the inside of it as it is very dangerous.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215200/Teenager-Shawnee-Oklahoma-dies-electrocuted-fixing-computer.html


damn. even if the psu's been unplugged for 3+ days it can kill me?!


There is a risk of that, small risk but still a risk
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October 30, 2013 9:30:45 PM

The capacitors in a PSU can hold a lethal charge for months, if you really want to dive in there I suggest taking every precaution possible (rubber gloves, stand on a rubber mat, shoes on, have the PSU grounded to something, etc).
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November 1, 2013 1:55:55 AM

Please inform us how you have got on
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November 2, 2013 6:29:34 PM

so far. i have got the psu and a graphics card to work. i'm using the computer now. but i have 2 new problems with the computer now. 1st, the new motherboard is stupid slow. 2nd i have a problem with a PSIKey. i don't know what that is but it keeps popping up. any ideas?
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November 3, 2013 1:00:10 AM

youcanDUit said:
so far. i have got the psu and a graphics card to work. i'm using the computer now. but i have 2 new problems with the computer now. 1st, the new motherboard is stupid slow. 2nd i have a problem with a PSIKey. i don't know what that is but it keeps popping up. any ideas?


what is the error quote?
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November 3, 2013 12:42:55 PM

it just says solve a problem with PSIKey. when i install the program from protexis it just installs without any problems or notification. but after every boot it pops up. also, my hard drives are really slow any ideas?
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November 3, 2013 1:12:06 PM

anyone know how to add a picture? i ran a diagnostics and i don't get it.


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November 3, 2013 5:35:20 PM

An old trick used to get rid of moisture is rice. Or those silica packets but they aren't as easy to find.
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November 3, 2013 9:26:34 PM

Found out the thing slowing down my computer is my HDD.
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November 21, 2013 9:03:37 AM

youcanDUit said:
i have an i7-920 and i was running an A.L.C Vantage Cooler on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDChTNzOeR8

my motherboard started beeping, going apeshit, and i decided to turn off my computer, after seeing the screen (on the cooler) glow red. as soon as i turned it off the cooler pops, spilling this chemical (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?)) all over my computer, all of my components; my PSU, MOBO and my GFX cards as well as my wireless card (that's right, wireless card. big woop, wanna fight about it?). i quickly unplugged everything, even my monitor, and tried to dry up as much as i could. i separated everything and dried everything with a compressor. afterwards i cleaned up with alcohol. i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what is in the coolers and if it damages computer parts/components. how long should i have everything drying and is there another step, i should take as well as missed? sorry for the tl;dr. thank you for reading and thank you more if you take the time to help my dumbass out. P.S. (?) this happened like 13 hours ago and i haven't turned on my PC.




I had the same thing just happen to me and would like to know how you made out. I haven't started cleaning up the mess yet. I haven't contacted Vantage yet (not sure I want another CPU cooler like this) to find out what help they can give me. Is there a problem of not removing the coolant (from an operational standpoint not aesthetically)? Is the earbud recommendation an actual earbud from a headphone? Any help is appreciative.
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November 21, 2013 11:34:57 AM

The Hatch said:
youcanDUit said:
i have an i7-920 and i was running an A.L.C Vantage Cooler on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDChTNzOeR8

my motherboard started beeping, going apeshit, and i decided to turn off my computer, after seeing the screen (on the cooler) glow red. as soon as i turned it off the cooler pops, spilling this chemical (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?)) all over my computer, all of my components; my PSU, MOBO and my GFX cards as well as my wireless card (that's right, wireless card. big woop, wanna fight about it?). i quickly unplugged everything, even my monitor, and tried to dry up as much as i could. i separated everything and dried everything with a compressor. afterwards i cleaned up with alcohol. i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what is in the coolers and if it damages computer parts/components. how long should i have everything drying and is there another step, i should take as well as missed? sorry for the tl;dr. thank you for reading and thank you more if you take the time to help my dumbass out. P.S. (?) this happened like 13 hours ago and i haven't turned on my PC.




I had the same thing just happen to me and would like to know how you made out. I haven't started cleaning up the mess yet. I haven't contacted Vantage yet (not sure I want another CPU cooler like this) to find out what help they can give me. Is there a problem of not removing the coolant (from an operational standpoint not aesthetically)? Is the earbud recommendation an actual earbud from a headphone? Any help is appreciative.


If you do not remove the coolant, it will likely leave a sticky residue which will make a worse mess as it attracts dust over time. Better to go ahead and clean it with Distilled water + alcohol ASAP.

I think that in this case the term "earbuds" refers ti the small sticks which are coated with a cotton tip, commonly referred to as "Q-Tips" in the USA.

Good luck and let us know how you make out. Please pay particular attention to the warnings about the potential for electrical shock hazards within the PSU.

Yogi

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November 21, 2013 5:25:52 PM

Y0GI said:
The Hatch said:
youcanDUit said:
i have an i7-920 and i was running an A.L.C Vantage Cooler on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDChTNzOeR8

my motherboard started beeping, going apeshit, and i decided to turn off my computer, after seeing the screen (on the cooler) glow red. as soon as i turned it off the cooler pops, spilling this chemical (smelled a lot like CAR COOLANT (WTF!?)) all over my computer, all of my components; my PSU, MOBO and my GFX cards as well as my wireless card (that's right, wireless card. big woop, wanna fight about it?). i quickly unplugged everything, even my monitor, and tried to dry up as much as i could. i separated everything and dried everything with a compressor. afterwards i cleaned up with alcohol. i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what is in the coolers and if it damages computer parts/components. how long should i have everything drying and is there another step, i should take as well as missed? sorry for the tl;dr. thank you for reading and thank you more if you take the time to help my dumbass out. P.S. (?) this happened like 13 hours ago and i haven't turned on my PC.




I had the same thing just happen to me and would like to know how you made out. I haven't started cleaning up the mess yet. I haven't contacted Vantage yet (not sure I want another CPU cooler like this) to find out what help they can give me. Is there a problem of not removing the coolant (from an operational standpoint not aesthetically)? Is the earbud recommendation an actual earbud from a headphone? Any help is appreciative.


If you do not remove the coolant, it will likely leave a sticky residue which will make a worse mess as it attracts dust over time. Better to go ahead and clean it with Distilled water + alcohol ASAP.

I think that in this case the term "earbuds" refers ti the small sticks which are coated with a cotton tip, commonly referred to as "Q-Tips" in the USA.

Good luck and let us know how you make out. Please pay particular attention to the warnings about the potential for electrical shock hazards within the PSU.

Yogi



Thanks Yogi
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November 21, 2013 8:11:37 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ that's all true/right. they even told me i can submerge the motherboard in a water/alcohol solution. MAKE SURE YOU GET 91% ALCOHOL. it should be 50-50 water/alcohol. you can do the same for all peripherals too; graphics cards/sound cards. MAKE SURE YOUR PSU IS OUT OF CHARGE/ELECTRICITY if you want to clean it. i would recommend you use your PSU, without it connected to your peripherals, so you can see if there are any faults, burning, debris. anything. it will take 3/4 days to discharge. MAKE SURE YOU LOOK INTO AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE PSU. don't try anything until its DRY. DRY. it will take up to 3 days. i waited 4 and used a compressor, to make sure.
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November 22, 2013 12:22:51 AM

youcanDUit said:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ that's all true/right. they even told me i can submerge the motherboard in a water/alcohol solution. MAKE SURE YOU GET 91% ALCOHOL. it should be 50-50 water/alcohol. you can do the same for all peripherals too; graphics cards/sound cards. MAKE SURE YOUR PSU IS OUT OF CHARGE/ELECTRICITY if you want to clean it. i would recommend you use your PSU, without it connected to your peripherals, so you can see if there are any faults, burning, debris. anything. it will take 3/4 days to discharge. MAKE SURE YOU LOOK INTO AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE PSU. don't try anything until its DRY. DRY. it will take up to 3 days. i waited 4 and used a compressor, to make sure.


This was stated above in many answers , dont forget to select a solution
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November 22, 2013 11:11:12 AM

crap. i forgot. thank you!
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November 22, 2013 2:56:33 PM

youcanDUit said:
crap. i forgot. thank you!


No problem , as long as it was sorted , that's the best outcome
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