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Because boy does Apollo try my patience sometimes. I have never had such a mischievous, trouble-making pet ever.

This was half my fault, admittedly. I left a cup of tea sitting on my desk this morning, and then went into the bedroom to get dressed.

I heard a very loud crash and my boyfriend yelling at Apollo, followed by a "Oh my god..."
He had jumped onto my desk (which he insists on doing over and over despite our frequent attempts to scold him for it) and knocked the cup of tea onto my desktop computer. There was tea everywhere. :(

It may be toast, I'm not sure yet. I tried to dry it out and turn it on without any peripherals plugged in, and it booted up (but stopped because there was no keyboard attached). But once I plugged the keyboard in and restarted it, it refused to even boot.

So now I am letting it and the keyboard dry out some more.

I was planning on getting a new desktop computer soon anyway, as that thing was ancient. But I had hoped to keep this thing around for file storage (I have massive stores of art files and photos) and to play old games that won't run on Windows 7.

I guess at least I'm just hoping my hard drive is okay. I think it is. That's what I can't afford to lose, as I have so much art on that thing. Some of it's backed up, but some of my more recent stuff isn't, since I ran out of space on my backup drive.

At least I got a nice laptop recently for work, so I still have a computer to use until I either get the desktop running again or get a new one.

Let this be a multipart lesson:
1-Never leave a beverage sitting near any kind of electronics when you have a cat.
2-Always make sure everything is backed up. Don't stall on it just because your backup drive is full.

Sorry guys, just had to vent. We all love our cats of course, but boy, Apollo is a handful sometimes! At least Athena is a little angel.
 

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You can still use the hard drive to store data without the desktop case and keyboard. Just install the hard drive into an external hard drive case. Then you can use a USB port and electrical socket and hook it straight to your new computer.

My SO bought me a new terabyte drive for my iMac and installed it. He did the above with my OLD hard drive and now I have data storage that I can't even HOPE to fill up :p.
 

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Thank you for the link! I tried a hair-dryer at first, but am now just letting it air-dry. It's got so many tiny nooks and crannies that I'd be nervous about rice getting stuck in there, but if all else fails I could give that a shot.
 

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You can still use the hard drive to store data without the desktop case and keyboard. Just install the hard drive into an external hard drive case. Then you can use a USB port and electrical socket and hook it straight to your new computer.

My SO bought me a new terabyte drive for my iMac and installed it. He did the above with my OLD hard drive and now I have data storage that I can't even HOPE to fill up :p.
Yeah, I've done that with drives before (actually the backup drive in the desktop is an old laptop drive from a previous computer of mine). If the rest of the computer is toast, that's probably what I'll do. I'm so paranoid about losing files (having had many old computers crash before) that I like to keep redundant backups of everything.

It sucks that I still wouldn't have an old computer around to play ancient games, but my that is honestly the least of my concerns in all of this.
 

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Tbh you've missed the boat on the most sensible option. If you spill any liquid on electronics, you need to let it dry out absolutely completely before trying to switch it on.
 

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Tbh you've missed the boat on the most sensible option. If you spill any liquid on electronics, you need to let it dry out absolutely completely before trying to switch it on.
That was what I intended to do. But my boyfriend insisted it was dry (we let it sit for an hour, and then he gave it an extra once-over with a hair dryer). I probably should have just insisted he wait longer before trying to turn it on. :/

Do you think I destroyed my chances of it working again by trying to turn it on too soon?

Edit: I should note that after the hour of it sitting open, it seemed completely dry, and started to boot up fine until we tried plugging the keyboard in and restarting it. We noticed after that there was some tea in the keyboard too. I hadn't realized the tea had hit the keyboard before that. I'm hoping that was the issue. I'm only mildly computer-savvy and don't know much about computer hardware though so I don't really know.
 

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and to play old games that won't run on Windows 7.
What games? I've found most games, even from Windows 95, will play on Windows 7. It isn't like Vista's incompatibility. The only game I've had problems with was a game that crashed every few minutes. I tried finding a solution but after trying a lot of things I eventually downloaded a downgraded version of my graphics card as a last resort. The game now works.

I hope you're able to get your information off the computer, it's terrible to lose information. That happened to me... twice. Ugh.

Also, as Huge said... yeah... drying it out fully was really the thing to do.
 

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What games? I've found most games, even from Windows 95, will play on Windows 7. It isn't like Vista's incompatibility. The only game I've had problems with was a game that crashed every few minutes. I tried finding a solution but after trying a lot of things I eventually downloaded a downgraded version of my graphics card as a last resort. The game now works.

I hope you're able to get your information off the computer, it's terrible to lose information. That happened to me... twice. Ugh.

Also, as Huge said... yeah... drying it out fully was really the thing to do.
The Creatures series (which had to be patched to even run on windows XP), although I was able to find versions that were Windows XP compatible that also run fine on 7.

But the one I have never been able to get to run on my Windows 7 laptop is Sim Park. Not sure why.
 

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Well, I let it dry for the rest of the day and just tried booting it up again. I got a CMOS checksum error, followed by a "system drive error: please insert system disk."

My dad and my boyfriend (both way more computer-savvy than I am) say that may mean it's just not dry yet, and that hopefully if I let it sit overnight, it'll work again.

I honestly don't even care at this point if the rest of the parts are still functional, all I want is the data off my harddrives. I really hope that's still okay. I have a lot of photos, art, music, and other files on there that I'd hate to lose. Some of it is backed up but I'm not sure how much of it is.
 

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The reason you have to let it dry completely (I would suggest at least 24 hours near (not on) a source of heat), is that any liquid could short out the connections.

That error message doesn't sound good, but then computers can surprise us sometimes.

Oh and Sim park is 15 years old.... no wonder it doesn't work lol.
 

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The reason you have to let it dry completely (I would suggest at least 24 hours near (not on) a source of heat), is that any liquid could short out the connections.

That error message doesn't sound good, but then computers can surprise us sometimes.

Oh and Sim park is 15 years old.... no wonder it doesn't work lol.
Yeah, I'm hoping the data on the hard drive is still intact even if the CPU and other components are toast.

And yup, Sim Park is one of my nostalgia games. I played it a lot when I was a kid and still love it.
 

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Well, I guess not everything works on Windows 7... but I've played The Oregon Trail on it, the one from the 90's and a few other fairly old games.

In other news... I have just got a virus on the computer. Most of my .exe files are gone. So yeah... I lost all my games and a lot of my programs. I guess that's not as bad as losing all my files, but it's really annoying to deal with and pinpoint the problem.

Even if your computer doesn't start up, you might be able to take the harddrive in and get the files off it. There's also two highly thought of programs called... uhm... (Ah, every time I open a new tab it tells me stuff isn't installed on IE... I know... it's been deleted, stop telling me! And Firefox is gone.) ... I had to search for their names, they're called Knoppix or Ubuntu. You might look into using them, I thought about using them when my old computer couldn't find System32 (which doesn't loook promising) but never got aroung to it.
 

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Bad news: We are pretty sure my CPU is fried. I tried starting it up again after letting it dry overnight, and no go.

But there is good news! My harddrives are fine. Both my main and my backup drive. We plugged them into my boyfriend's old computer and everything is still there. I am so relieved!

That was really what I wanted, above all-else. I really needed a new desktop anyway, since I'm working at home a lot these days and my old desktop was reaching the "takes 15 minutes to start up, and Flash crashes any time I open a large file" point. It only had 2 gigs of RAM and I was also pretty much out of harddrive space.

I ordered my new one today, hopefully it will be here soon!
 

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I am a Computer Tech. IF your older computer is really toast then take out the Hard Drive and find out what interface it is.

If it has a grey/black thick cable and has loads of pins in the back then it is an IDE Hard Drive. If it has a thin cable going to a smaller port then it is a SATA Hard Drive.

Find an enclosure that will fit the appropriate drive and you are set.

Apollo is a beautiful cat....Tabby Point Siamese I take it?
 
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