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Spilled water on my Desktop. Turns on but won't show screen.

So my cat spilt a glass of water on my desktop fan which made it go inside of it. Most of the water went on the floor but still some went into the computer. I immediatly unplugged it and powered it off then took the cover of the case off and let it dry for about 48 hours. It powers on and my mouse and keyboard light up like they're on (This only happens when the computer gives power to the wireless USBs) but nothing shows up on my monitor, I have tried using 2 different hdmi cords but still nothing on the screen. I have a new monitor that I got this christmas so I don't know why it would be that.

EDIT: I let it dry more and started looking for things that looked damage and nothing seemed wrong. I was able to make it show on screen by banging on the sides of my case and it worked for about 45 seconds before it said signal not found again. (It's not the monitor I checked)

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Hi @trachawk ,

What is the make and model number of the desktop PC or the motherboard if a custom build?

I assume that the water spilled on the CPU fan, is this correct?

After you have inspected the motherboard and cleaned it properly (see below) here are some checks that may help.

Perform a paperclip test on the PSU to make sure that all the voltage supplies are OK.

Connect a system speaker (example only) to the appropriate header pins on the motherboard if it hasn’t got a system speaker connected already, to listen for any beep error codes that may be heard at startup. It may not be passing POST (Power On Self Test) when starting. The user manual for the motherboard is required to know where to connect the speaker and also what brand of BIOS is installed to know what the error code (if any) means. Here’s a list of various BIOS beep codes that may help

If the PC passes POST is there a separate GPU card installed in the PC or are you using the onboard video graphics? If a separate GPU card and the CPU has integrated graphics and the motherboard supports onboard video i.e. video output connector on motherboard, try removing the GPU card and using the onboard video instead, in case it is a GPU card failure.

To eliminate the possibility that the new monitor is the problem, connect the PC to a TV’s HDMI port and use that instead. Remember to change the TV’s signal input to the appropriate HDMI input connection. If there are still no images then the new monitor is OK. If there are images on the TV, then…..


The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the motherboard’s operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion starts immediately and is ongoing until it is completely cleaned away

First do not try to turn on your computer and disconnect the power from the PSU, so as to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to access the motherboard and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 99%+ (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. If possible do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain additives and is not as effective. If you do have to use it check the label to verify the amount of IPA. The higher the percentage of IPA the better

Here is a link that describes the process. Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted pcb be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board. Remove the shields that may be covering some components as the water may have got in there. The ends of any flex cables and their connectors need to be cleaned as well

Hopefully after you have done all this the computer might possibly work correctly again.

If this process seems too daunting, take your computer to a reputable, professional computer repair service, experienced in liquid damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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