After several days of on again and off again functionality of my HP laptop, we went up the street to the computer tech.

He took it apart and found….WATER! there were little pools of water in my computer. I don’t remember spilling water on the keyboard, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.  It isn’t like I laundered it, this is a full size desk top replacement laptop, not a cell phone. I didn’t leave it out in the rain or in a pair of pants, I have been a good laptop owner, honestly!

Today, I went to pick up my now functioning laptop. It had spent the weekend in pieces spread across the technician’s desk, drying out. He replaced some thermal goop (I’m sure that is the technical term),cleaned everything and updated the drivers. I paid $450 mxn and happily took my laptop home, where it refused to turn on.

During the one block walk from the shop to our home, the laptop died. I called the tech, he had already left for the day, but this being Mexico I had his cell phone number. We chatted, he suggested a few things, none of which worked. So tomorrow, the lap top returns to the shop.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Mommy w/CH, I am not holding out a lot of hope. It worked at the tech’s shop, but he even said that there was a fault in the on/off button.

    Shannon, I have been through 4 computers in eight years since I moved here. The one I am using of which was merely crippled by Mr Dog when he destroyed the screen. The first two simply died of natural causes and old age.

    Steve, it’s heat that does in most computers here but I wouldn’t be surprised if the humidity didn’t speed up the process. The tech acted surprised at the amount of liquid. Sigh, maybe a tablespoon of water. My laptop can quote Mercutio and say”. No, ’tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but ’tis enough,’twill serve:”
    That last bit sounded much more clever in my head.


  2. I suspect you will discover the water is from condensation from the humidity. It happens to me in Melaque. We can find a cure for yellow fever in humans, but not for the tropical maladies of computers.

  3. Absolutely hate computer problems – these days they are right up there with, dare I write it, car problems!

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