Recovery after keyboard spill?

Recovery after keyboard spill?

Post by Angus McIn » Thu, 13 Jan 2005 11:12:30

Last night I spilled a small quantity of water onto the keyboard of my
iBook - more a splash than a spill, in reality.

I tried to mop up the water, but apparently didn't get all of it
because, after a few moments, any attempt at typing generated large
numbers of 'c's. Subsequently, the 'a', 'c', 'n' keys and the space bar
all stopped working - no amount of pressing could get them to generate
any characters at all.

Over the next few hours, the machine slowly recovered. The 'n' and
spacebar came back after about an hour. I left the iBook running
overnight, and in the morning 'c' was available again. But 24 hours
later, my 'a' key is still not working, and I'm beginning to wonder if
it's gone for good.

Has anyone encountered this problem and, if so, is it fixable? I see
that some sites offer replacement keyboards, but they seem pricey.

Should I bite the bullet and enter a bidding war for a replacement on
Ebay? Clean my keyboard with esoteric solvents? Wait patiently for
functionality to return? Get used to pressing Cmd-V every time I want an
'a'? Sacrifice a goat to Steve Jobs and dance *** around my cable
modem, chanting? (that last option sounds kind of fun, actually,
although it's tough on the goat).

I'd be grateful for any suggestions. I'm also curious to know what
happened. I'm presuming something shorted out, but I don't understand
why some of the damage was permanent, while some went away by itself. I
feel like I'm dealing with a stroke patient here.

Thanks in advance for any help,


"I am here by the will of the people ... and I *will* ["Metrophage",
not leave until I get my raincoat back." Richard Kadrey]

Recovery after keyboard spill?

Post by Gnarlodiou » Thu, 13 Jan 2005 14:10:47

Entity Angus McIntyre spoke thus:

Yes, it should dry out in a few days.

-- Gnarlie