Rants, Raves and Recipes from the Edge of Sanity
The funny thing is, you can do this successfully. The key is that you have to make certain that the liquid doesn't stick around to rust anything, and you have to have EVERY last drop of water gone before you apply power to it.
Back in the early aughts I worked for Gateway Computers. The stores had a repair shop, and some odd problems came in. One desktop that was brought in with the complaint that it kept stopping for no discernable reason (thought I doubt the owner used that word). Turns out that the box was packed with spiders and their webs, along with the dozens of cockroaches and assorted bugs caught in the webs. There is a joke in there about Interwebz, but it's not worth the effort.
One common method of de-fluxing newly soldered circuit cards in production is to wash them in a regular dishwasher with a non-corrosive detergent. Works like a charm and no embarrassing water spots! ;o)
+1 each for Chris & Bogdaddy re. cleaning - been there, done that....I should say the PC in the picture look pretty old (ATA ribbon cable, all Molex power, mini fan cooling the motherboard), so it could be an April Fool set-up....
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