[ Retro Scan of the Week ] A Scientific Apple II

June 8th, 2009 by Benj Edwards

Apple II Scientific Scene - ProDOS manual - circa 1983Through science, we’ve discovered ways of levitating our floppy diskettes.

[ From The ProDOS Supplement to the Apple IIe Owner’s Manual, 1983 ]

Discussion topic of the week: Have you ever spilled a drink or any other liquid on your computer? How did you clean it up?

11 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] A Scientific Apple II”

  1. Muzer Says:

    Um, what does any of this have to do with anything? Usually the scans make some sort of sense, and the discussion topic is related to them. I mean, WTF?

  2. Sirpaul Says:

    The only time I spilled something on my keyboard was a glass of water. I just took it outside (it was hot that day) and left it there, upside-down for a few hours. Took it back inside, plugged it in, and it worked.

  3. silence Says:

    i never have, but my friend once spilled bong water on his friend’s computer. I think it wasn’t too bad and they cleaned it up with paper towels…

  4. jdiwnab Says:

    I spilled milk all over my keyboard. I tried turning it upside down, using paper towels, letting it dry. That last was a bad idea. The milk formed a sticky residue that made keys start sticking. I had to take all 20 some screws just to open up the thing, and I used a small flathead screwdriver and a pocket knife to scrape out the milk, taking off keys and cleaning every square millimeter. After several incomplete attempts, it is most back in good working order.

  5. Fessic Says:

    Thankfully no. But I did accidentally drop my Palm Treo 680 into a glass of water once. My first reaction was to yank out the battery, flip it over and start making plans to buy a new phone. But after letting it dry out for a day or so it miraculously came back to life and has been working ever since.

  6. Geoff Says:

    Coffee, several times. Isopropyl alcohol is by far the best cleaner. Don’t believe me? Try this on an old keyboard:
    ->Unplug the keyboard
    ->Spill a beverage (soda, milk, coffee…) on your keyboard
    ->Let it dry
    ->Spray 95% to 99% isopropyl alcohol all over and in the keyboard
    ->Work all the keys several times while the alcohol is still wet
    ->Tip the keyboard on its end and flush it out with lots of alcohol
    ->Let it dry

    It will (should) work.

  7. Benj Edwards Says:

    I spilled Coca Cola all over the numeric keypad of my PC keyboard at least twice when I was a teenager. I don’t think I ever cleaned that one up on the inside — I just had a numeric keypad with keys that stuck when you pushed them down.

    Many keyboards (if they come to me extremely dirty) do well in a dishwasher if they’re mostly/completely taken apart and allowed to dry quickly so no rust or corrosion can form. Actually, you can use a dishwasher for just about anything — plastic cases too.

  8. pinball22 Says:

    I spilled milk on part of my C64’s keyboard as a kid… right over where the SID chip was. It didn’t stop working, surprisingly… it just made some sounds much quieter.

  9. Blitz Says:

    I’ve used those rubbing alcohol pads that nurses use to clean an area of skin before they administer a shot… I had a bunch of those and was able to clean out all sorts of liquids. The pads fit in and around the keys quite nicely.

  10. Sunplop Says:

    In the years 80’s I spilled jam in my opened Apple ][ !
    Only the motherboard have been “jamed”.
    I remove the the “jamed” electronics components of the motherboard and wash it with a humidified rag…
    The motherboard washed with a spécial solution for wash computer and all removed parts have been dried individually with an hair dry machine !
    Anyway, after 24 hours I switch on the Apple ][: the beep is ringing and the floppy drive work fine the computer is booted… Great ;o))

  11. robert Says:

    My girlfriend spilled Dr. Pepper on my laptop once. Screwed the keyboard. That was as simple as ordering a replacement keyboard on eBay for $12.

    The bad one was when I spilled Pepsi on my brand new Dinovo Edge a couple of years ago. I managed to get a replacement, even though they weren’t really supposed to (the first guy I talked to went ahead and approved it, so they let it go through). The replacement they sent me stopped taking a charge after less than a year. One year out of a $200 keyboard. Fucking Logitech.

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