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Old March 11, 2013, 03:17 PM
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Default Mobo shorting when watercooling is installed, but runs on air

As the title says.... i screwed up.... again... lol
Edited the title, as the parts i soaked now work fine.... except when watercooling is installed they short out

I cant help but laugh at myself this time.

I got a new case today (Bitfenix Outlaw) and proceeded to transfer my system over. I didnt want to cut the outlaw up, so i bought a radbox to house my RX240 on the top of the case. Anyway, i washed my rad (Inside and out) and -thought- i dried it all over.... i guess not. i got the system together and filled my loop and leaktested - no problem. i hook everything up to it and boot it up... gets to first post scren, then the marvel controller, back to post, then j micron back to -shuts off-....... wtf, i look in my system and see some droplets of clear water. I use dist + hydrx in my loop. the water droplets were on the 6 pin power to the grfx card....

i dried everything up and it still wont start. it starts but shuts down immediatly, so its shorting somewhere.... i unpluged the gpu from the 6 pins and the mobo, and tried but it still shorts. im wondering if the mobo got wet and shorted itself.

so yeah. im going to leave it over night, and see what happens tmmrw. if it still wont start i might take it to a comp shop, or rip it down and see if it will run on a bench.

lol, whatta night, thank god i have this laptop.... at least i can still do my homework
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Old March 11, 2013, 03:24 PM
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Might be ok, Ive soaked stuff a million times when benching and it has always been fine after it dried out for a day or 2.
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Old March 11, 2013, 03:28 PM
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As long as you don't get water feeding 60+ amps to, oh, i dunno a capacitor.
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Old March 11, 2013, 03:59 PM
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If i shorted a cap, wouldnt it have blown up?
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Not necessarily. Caps hate reverse bias more then voltage or current changes. They are highly resistant to the latter two, but put it in backwards and wait for a pop!

I think you'll be fine. I spilt a glass of wine on my system the other day. Hard powered it down as fast as I could, cleaned it, dried it for a couple days and it was fine. Good luck!
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How would i go about *cleaning* it? im using a PSU shorter thingy to keep the fans running, to hopefully dry it out faster
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Old March 11, 2013, 04:49 PM
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I would just aim a floor fan at the case with the case open, or laying over a heat register. If you are super paranoid you could try the dry rice trick, but you should be fine air drying.
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Old March 11, 2013, 07:04 PM
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yes let it dry for 2 days minium its the worst thing trying to power up when still wet , you think its dry but it's not

dinking around in case one time and hose was rotten (cheap latex) and it dumped the whole water system soaking everything

2x 500gb didnt respond everything else was ok

6 months later tested before trashing them ..... it lived every thing as it was

yes the rad core can hold alot of water on the cooling fins

J/K were you trying to get an edge with vaporizing cooling (wet core)
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Old March 11, 2013, 07:38 PM
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lmao, i didnt even think about a wet core, but no i was just trying to clean the dust :P compressed air only works so well.

Ive got one of those tower fans pointing at it on my desk and i turned the heat up in the house.... Its chilly down here anyway haha.

I wont be home all tomorrow so hopefully once i get back it will miraculously turn on
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Old March 11, 2013, 07:45 PM
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take off everything off MB to allow air to dry

also remove the CMOS/bios battery
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