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Ask Max: Water in the Keyboard!

Asked on 10/09/2006:

Help - one of my roommates spilled water on my powerbook laptop-unit is turning on but keyboard is not responding-what should I do?


First thing, you need to turn off the PowerBook until you're sure that it's dry. Remove the battery and the power cord. To help it dry faster it's OK to use a hair dryer on low, or a fan. You will want to make certain it's dry before turning it on again. It may be that the keyboard was still wet and that is why it is not working. If after the extensive dry-out it still doesn't let you type, then you probably will need a new keyboard. That work should be done by an authorized Apple service center. It should cost you under $100 for the repair.Good luck. I hope the hair dryer does it.

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