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    Hey folks,

    My friend managed to spill gallons of water all over his 'puter.

    A waterline right above his desk broke.

    Now, the green keyboard lights come on, but no buttons function. Monitor seems fine, printer works not at all.

    Funny, but the 'puter works *almost* fine. His desktop still comes up and he can open icons sometimes.

    SO, my question for you...When the system starts up it makes a chirping noise, maybe once a second. Loud. I've never heard a computer make this noise before. Anyone have any idea what it is?

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    Yap i know that sound , this computer needs more water !!

    [ 03-25-2001: Message edited by: syncmaster ]

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    It seems to be growing fine, it just added 50 MHz yesterday!

    Thank the stars, it's a friend's system and not mine.

    Anyone else?

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    Hi Humboldt

    call State Farm ???

    should be covered by household insurance policy.

    they will at least pay a settlement of some value towards a new one or used.

    regards minir

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    good grief, whose puter is it? sounds like a nightmare i had once.....

    geez, i've been searching the web for 1/2 hr, still no advice for water damage found....will keep looking...

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    The hard drive may have water in it (which is fatal). As far as the other components in the comp, take apart the computer and put them in the oven for a while. Set the oven for about 150 degrees. Keep an eye on any thing plastic. They should not melt at a low temp, but be on the safe side. The oven will dry out the stuff and you may be able to save some of it. Water is not as bad as people think,(if the power is off) its the residue that is left behind after the water evaporates that will give you a bunch of grief. Tap water has a bunch chlorine and such that is left behind. You may also want to go to an electronics supply house and get a non-residual switch cleaner (no lubricants) to clean the componants after they dry off.

    You may be able to save most of the stuff, micro, RAM, video card and such. But the CD-ROM's, hard drive and floppy may not survive. Take the covers off the ROM's and clean the insides of them also (never remove the cover off a hard drive)

    If the stuff is wasted, I can't see you doing any more damage trying to clean it.
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    Thanks for the replies folks.

    I'll let him know what you've said.

    Hey LochNar, just a friend from school, I don't think you've met him.

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    Dont think that I chirping sound coming from a PC is good. It's probably HOSED.
    Have your feelings been hurt by a random act of E-Thuggery? If so, call 1-800-Waaaaahmbulance, we're here 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, to take your call, you could be due a large monetary settlement, don't delay, call now.

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    LOL guys

    it sounds like the pc speaker is screwed...thats no biggy to replace, but if i was your buddy i'd totaly disasemble that computer and check out everything..........
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    lol sounds funny, "Bake at 350 for an hour, season to taste"

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