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December 9, 2009 8:05:36 PM

hey, sorry i didnt know where else to post because just 10 mintues ago i got water into my computer and after one successful restart it wont turn on again. The water came from the top of the computer fan and fell into my computer o.0 stupid antec !!!! lol jk, but it got my Mother board wet, top my of 4870 gfx card wet and i believe my CPU, i took it all apart now way should i do. im really just hoping it turns back on but do i get warranty for this? i dont think so either please help i dont want to have to spend more on my 4 month old computer =(

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December 9, 2009 8:11:20 PM

silvergo said:
hey, sorry i didnt know where else to post because just 10 mintues ago i got water into my computer and after one successful restart it wont turn on again. The water came from the top of the computer fan and fell into my computer o.0 stupid antec !!!! lol jk, but it got my Mother board wet, top my of 4870 gfx card wet and i believe my CPU, i took it all apart now way should i do. im really just hoping it turns back on but do i get warranty for this? i dont think so either please help i dont want to have to spend more on my 4 month old computer =(


That sucks man..

Computer cases are not tables!
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December 9, 2009 8:20:58 PM

no it was on the side of my desk, and my cup was on my desk it just spilled over and this doesnt help
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December 9, 2009 8:39:30 PM

OK

Do not turn it on again right now. If it is in bits still leave it like that, dry of the excess with kitchen roll / absorbent paper. Put all of the bits somewhere warm and dry, say close to a radiator but not on top of one, if you have an airing cupboard stick it in that. Come back after a few days and reassemble it. Water is not that bad for electronics at the kind of voltage PC's run at - it has quite a high resistivity and won't really 'short' low voltage. The one caveat there is the PSU/mains supply - if that got wet damage could result, if it didn't my bet is it will work fine once its dried out.
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December 9, 2009 9:08:09 PM

thanks stuart, there is one problem i just saw, one area of the motherbaord is pink/yellow, should i send it in for warranty and would they accept it since its 3 years warranty for my p55m UD2 thanks man and yea my power supply i dont think got wet since its at the bottom
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December 9, 2009 9:42:07 PM

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/2968/1209091510.jpg
theres pink spots on the circuits so im guessing its ruined
so after looking here im pretty sure its fried? and after reading the RMA it says no environmental factors so im looking at a new motherbaord only or a new vid card aswell as a processor? Thx.
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December 9, 2009 10:33:41 PM

Those spots you see on the chips are just probably "OK" ticks from the manufacturer. It means they have been tested and they are alright.

On the other hand you say you restarted the machine and it worked once. When exactly did you do that? After you spilled the water, BEFORE you dried up everything?
If so, then you can probably kiss your motherboard goodbye. Everything else should be ok though.

Next time just keep all potentially hazardous (to your PC) objects afar. Like you don't smoke near a barrel full of TNT, you do not keep liquids near computer or in general electronic equipment, especially when they have openings on top!!!
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December 9, 2009 10:49:29 PM

I've heard of putting wet electronics like cell phones in a bag of rice before, but a motherboard? I'd be more than a little worried that stray grains would get in all kinds of places where I couldn't get them out -- the PCI slots, in the power connectors, underneath heatsinks, the CPU socket assembly, etc...

I'm not saying this to be rude or anything; I honestly am just curious because I don't know whether it would work or not. I will be interested to know how it turns out.
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December 9, 2009 11:53:50 PM

lol well its basically alrady fried likedarguest says, yea i know i shoulda dried it more before i turned it on. it only restarts now, but should i give it a go tmr when its all completely dry? and yes the rice was my friends idea lol but seems to work cuz if all the rice doesnt fall off it means its sticking to an area with water o.0 lol but yea damnit stupid gigabyte warranty SUCKS no warranty for water damage lol im going asus/intel now lol. but yea should i try reassembling everything agian? thx
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December 10, 2009 1:29:15 AM

Dude, stop starting it! Get it as disassembled as you can, and leave it alone for a few days. Seriously. Water does not damage electronics, voltage and water damage electronics. The rice, although it could have some complications later on, shouldn't be too big of a deal. At least you didn't put it in a jar of saltines or anything. Leave it off for 72 hours, then try it.
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December 10, 2009 2:16:52 AM

It depends on the amount of water that dropped in there. If it was tiny, then wait a couple of days and retry it. If it was more than tiny i would replace the motherboard or anything else the water stayed on for some time as it could create corrosions.

Also before you try switching it on, disconnect anything that is not needed (TV cards, sound cards, etc) and also try switching it outside your case (in case there is anything trapped underneath and creates shorts). So just try motherboard, RAM, VGA, CPU and nothing else. If it works, keep adding the rest of your devices to see if anything has gone the dodo way. If everything works ok, then put it back in the case and off you go.

One last thing to note: Stop blaming Gigabyte or anyone else's warranty, since this is your own fault. Grow up and accept your mistake. Sh*t happens and you have to pay for it. At least learn from your mistakes and next time you won't keep your glass of water near it. (Also avoid having cats or other pets nearby as they tend to do the unthinkable! LOL)
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December 10, 2009 2:38:30 AM

yea i deassembled everything and took off the rice, non got stuck btw and some rice were moist so there were some water left o.0, i would say it was like less than a hand full of water ? the video card is the one thing im scared. Should i really try turning it on ? im kinda scared it might blow up any other parts i have. Thx

should i wait 72 hours?

o yea the video card, is it safe to say its ok? or should i RMA it since it still under warranty.
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December 10, 2009 3:39:27 AM

You probably won't get too far with an RMA, once they see the remains of the moisture. You might get lucky, but I wouldn't hold your breath. Just be patient, it's the only chance you have of saving some of the hardware (if any).
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December 10, 2009 5:13:56 AM

I highly doubt that anyone else's warranty covers water damage.

But I would wait for many days myself. But that's because I have other computers that I can use. Best to overkill something like time for it to dry.
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December 10, 2009 5:24:32 AM

i have my laptop +) but its an oldy, but yea i got time to kill til friday, FINALS!!, but yea hopefull i can at least save my video card and processor.
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December 10, 2009 11:59:55 AM

restart the computer after a few days when the water gets dried
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December 10, 2009 2:32:00 PM

darkguset said:
One last thing to note: Stop blaming Gigabyte or anyone else's warranty, since this is your own fault. Grow up and accept your mistake.


Oh, come on. Everyone knows a good motherboard warranty will cover damage from water, fireworks, karate chops, and falling off a motorcycle trying to do a wheelie with the board in your backpack. I am shocked -- SHOCKED to hear that something like this wouldn't be covered.
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December 10, 2009 10:17:40 PM

lol capt taco, gotta read the warranty before you see a good deal but yea i was just comparing the warranty no harm right o.0?
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December 10, 2009 10:44:14 PM

Use a hairdrier.

silvergo said:
stupid gigabyte warranty SUCKS no warranty for water damage lol im going asus/intel now lol.

lololol.
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December 11, 2009 12:10:22 AM

lol isnt that comparing 1898? one sucks more than the other o.0, seems like a comparison o0o0o0o0o =p
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December 11, 2009 3:41:03 AM

I could ask how old you are, you would reply something like 12 and I would nod my head knowing I was right. But, I'm not going to.
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December 11, 2009 5:51:01 AM

LOL sure, i dont even know why your even here, seriously are you 12? your first reply here was sure like one. and yes no one is here to start anything as you are probably implying, and all my remarks are sarcastic if you can even tell....
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December 11, 2009 9:05:33 PM

lol wow it working, everything seems fine besides the network, no internet connection. thx!!
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December 11, 2009 11:29:48 PM

Try reseting the CMOS and if it doesn't come back after that I'd say you need to plug in a dedicated card. Small price to pay though, and if you're like me you have several laying around - never know when they might come in handy.
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December 12, 2009 1:40:33 AM

silvergo said:
lol wow it working, everything seems fine besides the network, no internet connection. thx!!


You're braver than me! I'd leave that thing sitting in the driest environment possible for a solid week! You really should chalk that up as a lesson learned though. Drinks and PC's don't mix.
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December 12, 2009 2:41:27 AM

Nice luck! ;)  Next time use coffee with lots of sugar in it! lol
:) 
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December 12, 2009 9:06:46 AM

jack_attack said:
You're braver than me! I'd leave that thing sitting in the driest environment possible for a solid week! You really should chalk that up as a lesson learned though. Drinks and PC's don't mix.

lol most definitely learned something, lol do not leave your computer hanging to the side with no roof =p, but yea just glad nothing major happend, now i can get my 40 in LCD TV!!!!! o yea the rice all over the mobo kinda helped lol
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December 13, 2009 4:09:14 AM

How does rice help? Interesting concept there lol
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December 13, 2009 9:40:40 AM

tserich said:
How does rice help? Interesting concept there lol


Rice is a pretty good dessicant -- great at absorbing waterif you just let it sit there. Think of how rice grains look so much bigger cooked than dry out of the bag. Tha'ts the principle at work.

Personally, I think rice is a good idea for things like cell phones, but I would worry about using it directly on a motherboard for two reasons. First, its tendency to leave behind a starchy glue-like residue (same as you'd find with noodles or basically any similar food cooked in water) and second, its ability to fall into cracks and get stuck. It could be that none of this really matters, but then it could be. We will see. But good results from this guy so far.
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