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Old 02-10-17, 18:09
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Default Laptop touch-pad water-pistoled

My "lovely" young grandson decided to water-pistol me whilst I was using my laptop. The keyboard got a good soaking but as far as I can tell at the moment all seems well except the left button of the touch-pad which doesn't work at all.
Can I do anything to restore functionality or must I use a mouse for evermore.
Any advice will be appreciated.
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Old 02-10-17, 18:44
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You could try some gentle heat from a hairdryer on it's lowest setting. This, hopefully, will dry out the contacts. If you do try this method then only use gentle heat. Do not get it hot as you could melt the plastic. Keep the dryer away from the pad so that only warm air plays on it. It could take a while as the contacts are not exposed. Of course this is only a suggestion and may not work.
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Old 05-10-17, 18:18
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Many thanks for the tip Pete, it worked a treat. Grandson now released from the doghouse.😀
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Old 05-10-17, 20:26
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Good glad it worked. happy that the grandson is out of the doghouse. If he is anything like my grandkids he will soon be back in LOL.
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Old 14-11-17, 17:13
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Thought I had got away with this but the left track-pad button has now died completely and I guess some water must have got down there. Cursor control & right button working OK (at moment). I don't really want to use a usb or wireless mouse unless there is no other option.
Any reasonably easy way to bring left button back to life. I realise that I would undoubtedly have to open up the HP laptop.
Appreciate any advice.
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Old 14-11-17, 18:53
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If you don't mind opening up your laptop you can try and dry the contacts with it open in the same way as before, heed my warnings about heat though. To be honest whilst it could still be water it does seem to have happened a reasonably long time after the event. If the contacts have worn or been dissolved to an extent (not likely) by the water you can buy conductive paint but I have only had very limited success with that. looks like you may have to use a mouse. Wireless mouse being the best option.

I agree though a laptop with stuff hanging off it ceases to perform it's main function in my opinion ie. being fully portable.
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I would power it down and remove the battery.
Then open it up and have a fan blowing on it for a few days. That should dry it out fairly well.
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Old 15-11-17, 18:16
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Thanks for input guys. Just accidently discovered that tapping the "cursor movement" section of the trackpad seems to achieve the same results as the left button. Hallelujah. Is this well-known, or just applicable to HP laptops/notebooks.?
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Old 15-11-17, 18:32
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A single or double tap on my Dell touchpad does the same as the left button. But occasionally it is easier to use the left button.
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Old 15-11-17, 22:17
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Thanks for your help Pete, you too Peru.
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