A Silly Thing To Do To My Computer
January 24, 2017 8:05am CST
I didn't get a computer until 3 years ago, in fact I'd never even touched one. Anyway, I merrily went on my way learning all this new stuff as best I could, and then one day I noticed that my screen was a bit dirty. So I sprayed it with window cleaner and gave it a good rub with a paper napkin. I was pleased with the result - a nice clean smear-free screen. When I casually mentioned this to my family, everybody was horrified. They said I must have ruined my screen for sure, so I got the computer out and showed them that it was working just fine. In fact it worked fine until a few months ago, when I got a replacement (nothing to do with the screen.) However, I did realise that I was lucky to get away with it, especially since I hadn't unplugged it when I was doing the spraying. It could have been a very costly mistake. Now I just use a microfibre cloth, but it still leaves it a bit smeary sometimes. Have you ever done something silly to your computer or tablet?
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i haven't spilled anything on it yet (i know other people have). i've pulled the plug from the wall before when it took forever and ever for it to shut down. i'm wondering if i can soak this old keyboard in a basin of soapy water and scrub the keys with a brush.
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I have never done something like this, but many years ago I have spilled Schweppes on my husband keyboard. Of course the keyboard had to be replaced and from that day (I think at least 20 years ago) nothing liquid (or any food) are allowed near the computers.
@jaboUK I am always very careful, I remember how the accident happened. There was a friend at home, he was sit at the desk with my husband, they were looking at something on the monitor. He asked for a Schweppes and while I was putting the glass on the table he moved and the content spilled on the keyboard. I was not the guilty one, but the result was the same, the keyboard stopped working.
• Preston, England
@jaboUKsometimes when using public toilets I left my bag on the nearest sink top and one afternoon it slipped in the sink which had an automatic sensor to start the taps flowing so my bag, with my tablet in it, got soaked but luckily it dried out safely and I have never done that since
My laptop has a faulty battery and needs recharging quite often, However it alerts me when I have 20 or 15 minutes remaining before it hibernates. On a few occasions I get carried away and forget about the notice until it shuts down in the middle of something important.
@jaboUK No, he didn't. Once as a kid, he used petrol to "disinfect" his video games CD's/DVD. Destroyed again! Good thing is he learned his lessons and we learned to stay away from his personal belongings so he doesn't feel the need to "disinfect" anymore things.
• Goodfellow, Texas
@jaboUK - Ms Janet - Computer screens differ from one to the next, but most utilize really high electrical voltage to do their thing. Glass-covered screens will tolerate a damp cloth cleaning, but wetting things is risky - especially if the power is still on when the cleaning is done. Let me give you a "for instance --- The high voltage (usually from 20K volts on up) behind a home TV screen's functioning causes dust (aerosols) in the room air to be attracted to the TV screen's surface. If you want to use that situation to "guesstimate" the abundance of radioactive radon gas in the room air, you can swipe some of the TV screen with a damp cotton swab and then use a radioactivity counter (like a GM counter) to assay the cotton swab's pickup of screen-captured aerosols. Doing this is an eye-opener for sure. -Gus-
• United States
Those microfiber cloths work okay but don't get the screen smudge free. You certainly are lucky you didn't ruin your computer by spraying it. When I was working the girl who sat in the desk next to mine decided to put magnets on her computer which in fact totally ruined her computer. Our boss wasn't too happy that he had to replace it.
@jaboUK Oh! and I thought you had turned into a techie! I have recently got a smart phone after years of not having one as the need came up for it...I need to look up trains sinceI'm always travelling back and forth. There is no longer the ol fashioned way of calling upthe enqury at the station...they don't pick up. Also for calling taxis...they are programmed to come only on their specific apps. And so I would ring up hubby or brother and they would book the taxi.so ., I decided I need to be independent in these things also What a long explanation
@jaboUK ..when i was at school,we were told,not to bring computers in touch of liquid things,dust etc and to keep the room neat & clean where computer is placed.I know repeated doing these things may impair the computer when these thing come into the contact to it's some parts,where it shouldn't be reached.