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Re: A drowned calculator
Message #1 Posted by Frank Rizzo on 13 Mar 1999, 9:55 a.m.

Acid + sugar = major damage to our HP calcs!! The acid comes from phosphoric acid, by the way. (I clean pools for a living, so I know my pool chemicals) Keep all those drinks away, especially coffee, long island iced teas, margaritas, martinis (my fav!), beer, etc. Just a word of advice for all youse guys! Your pal, Frank.

      
Re: A drowned calculator
Message #2 Posted by Steve Hodges on 20 Mar 1999, 1:22 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Frank Rizzo

Many years ago when the company I was working for had several hundred HP150's, there was the occasional problem with Coke. The first time somebody spilt Coke in thier keyboard (these cost around $600 at the time - yep, just the keyboard!) it was carefully lft to dry, then packaged and sent to Hewlett Packard. It was a lost cause. Their recommendation (which was initially taken as a joke) was to quickly take the keyboard and flush it with as much water as possible and then let it dry in a warm place. This worked fine for the next 2 or 3 cases, until someone spilt orange juice on their keyboard. The little bits of orange in the juice couldn't be flushed out once they had gotten into the keys.

            
Re: A drowned calculator
Message #3 Posted by Bill Schillereff on 8 Apr 1999, 1:26 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Steve Hodges

My CX was drown and died back in 1986. It sat till this year and then I said, "What to hell" and inundated the keyboard with silicone spray after a bath in alcohol. It started right up after all this time. Has a couple of harder than normal keys but I love it. I have put my cv back on the shelf.


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