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A Post from Me That Will Save Your Life

Ok. That was a bit dramatic. But this will help you.

Last week, I was laying in my bed all by my onesies (for once…no small people staging a military coup and commandeering my bed…), and I decided I was going to work on some accounts before I went to bed. I reached over to my night table to get my bottled water, twisted the cap and SPLASH! I’ve spilled a little under a teaspoon of water on my laptop. To be more detailed, on the mouse pad, where it soon flowed into the crevices above the hardware.

Great. 😐

Oh, but it doesn’t stop there. 🙄 The laptop actually POPS . The screen goes white…then black and cuts completely off. What do, I, the genius do? Attempt to turn it back on. It acted like it wanted to work for a second and then cut off….and would not cut back on.

Here I am, dumbfounded and on the cusp of an upcoming event, and my main tool has just been supersoaked (again with the dramatics).

I call HP– who have the worst customer service, BTW (not because they are mean or nasty, but because I have to keep saying the same thing over and over again to 50 different people). They say will send a box out by FedEx and will repair it, however, all of my data will be erased.

Those were fightin’ words.

I sat back…breathed in and out (would’ve been drinking if not for the new diet) and thought out my next plan. Then I remembered my mother washed her iPod in the washing machine and sat it in a bowl of rice overnight and now, she’s jammin’ on iTunes just like the rest of the iPodaholics. What do I do? Well first, I opened the casing to see if there was any water (when the people at HP told me to remove the battery, a little water ran out). There was no water so I closed it back up. Then, I spread a towel out on my vanity and dumped an ENTIRE bag of rice on it and sat the laptop on it.

By the grace of God it cut on the next morning. Everything is perfectly fine– data in place and everything.

I heart you Uncle Ben!

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  • That’s a fantastic story! Thanks for sharing!! GREAT TIP!!!

    October 31, 2007 at 9:06 am
  • OMG! Your mom is brilliant! Glad everything is restored. Love your blog!
    Lisa

    October 31, 2007 at 5:12 pm
  • Really?? That works? I swear I’ll never forget- thanks for the tip!

    Kim

    November 1, 2007 at 5:55 am
  • It might not have been the rice though. I did the same thing once, and called my computer guy right away. He said take out the battery and let it sit for a day or two to dry out completely. I did that and it worked perfectly afterwards.

    November 1, 2007 at 8:50 pm
  • How in the world does the rice help it? Clever idea but I’m confused.

    November 4, 2007 at 12:27 am
  • Mattie

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    Wow! And using rice does work (according to the tech gurus at PCWorld.com).
    Uncooked rice, for some reason, absorbs or draws moisture down.

    November 14, 2007 at 10:05 pm

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