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Best way to salvage SD cards exposed to salt water and contents of the lithium batteries?

If you truly want to attempt to recover the data, take them to a company that specializes in data recovery. If there is anything left, they will be the best chance to get anything off the drives. ...
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Cleaning computer cables In the dishwasher

People do all kinds of things that aren't a good idea. If you read the answers on your linked question, you'll see that some people managed to get away with it and some didn't. Dishwasher Use ...
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Best way to salvage SD cards exposed to salt water and contents of the lithium batteries?

I would start with distilled or dionised water, before high purity isopropanol. The alcohol won't do anything to remove salt deposits, and salt is hygroscopic, pulling enough water out of humid air ...
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Cleaning computer cables In the dishwasher

TL;DR: buy a few bottles of 91% isopropyl alcohol and a small bucket, dump all that in there and scrub the cables in there, then do a sponge bath and wipe with a non-static producing cloth (paper ...
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How should I clean these faint yellow spots on my display?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but unfortunately those spots are likely permanent. Alcohol of any kind will damage the protective and/or anti-glare layers on the front of computer monitors. The ...
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How to completely uninstall Jenkins from OS X

These instructions apply if you installed using the official Jenkins Mac installer from http://jenkins-ci.org/ Execute uninstall script from terminal (admin password required): '/Library/...
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Removing dead thunderflies stuck inside an LCD monitor

I had a bug directly in the middle of my monitor and I removed him by disassembling the monitor. So there are four layers in your monitor: backlight diffuser LCD front facing outermost protective ...
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Is it okay to use stuff like kerosene and gasoline to clean a PCs display?

No, gasoline will dissolve many kinds of plastics and coatings, and you don't know exactly what's on the surface of your display. Use a clean, slightly damp cloth to clean PC displays. You can use a ...
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Best way to salvage SD cards exposed to salt water and contents of the lithium batteries?

Start by working out the value of the data. If its critical, then professional data recovery may be your best bet regardless of the cost. If this data is required for a legal matter, push it to the ...
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Cleaning computer cables In the dishwasher

Keyboards are much easier to dry after washing (that said, I have ruined one keyboard by washing it). Your cables will suck water inside them through the connectors due to temperature differences ...
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Any way to clean a PC safely with vacuum?

Let me add my two cents, same as harrymc's answer, based on no scientific method except 20+ years of empiricism. I've been vacuuming computers for decades, I've not killed one yet. I use a portable, ...
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Best way to salvage SD cards exposed to salt water and contents of the lithium batteries?

The slowest connection (SPI protocol) does not use pins 1, 2 and 8. Optimally, those pins should be connected to high, low, and high levels with a resistor, but you might get away with those line ...
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Best way to salvage SD cards exposed to salt water and contents of the lithium batteries?

Contact cleaner is magic, and your best bet here. It's designed to clean electronic contacts, and doesn't leave a residue. Isopropyl is fine and all, and probably less toxic, but this isn't quite a ...
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Any way to clean a PC safely with vacuum?

(This is my personal cleaning method, not based on any scientific testing. It will probably not be the consensus here.) Most sources will warn, correctly, against using Vacuum cleaning on sensitive ...
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Cleaning computer cables In the dishwasher

Just like with a keyboard, it can be a bit of a crap-shoot. Might work, might ruin. That said, here's some of the effects that water might have on a cable and why it might/might not matter. ...
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Can i use cleaning alcohol 90% to remove thermal paste on the cpu?

Regular 'rubbing' alcohol, often shown as 71% or less, doesn't remove thermal paste very well, it also contains other items, such as water, which could cause corrosion if not completely cleaned up. ...
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Oily substance on keyboard beneath silicone keyboard cover

It's polydimethylsiloxane and dimethylsilanediol. Essentially, it's silicone and silicone breakdown products. Exposure to UV light, acids, bacteria, and even oxygen will slowly breakdown the silicone ...
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WinSxS folder minimizing with DISM online /SPSuperseded vs DISM online /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

The /SPSuperseded was only relevant for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Those Windows versions got Service Packs (for Windows 8, 8.1 is treated as service pack, but both are different versions and not a ...
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Is it safe to soak a motherboard in vinegar?

I believe it's safe but not for 'hours' - it should be minutes. For some wide spread, but light corrosion from battery issues - I get a tub and fill with distilled white vinegar (Target or most stores ...
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How to physically clean a USB connector safely

Wooden coffee stirrer and small strip of paper coffee filter folded over coffee stirrer stick. Hold USB port at an angle to keep fluids from flowing INTO port/device. Wet coffee filter paper with ...
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How to physically clean a USB connector safely

You need: cotton swabs (better the double headed plastic ones) alcohol (better isopropyl) pressure plier (like those husky locking pliers or similar) Flatten the cotton head using the plier enough ...
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Cleaning computer cables In the dishwasher

Your mileage may vary. It is a bad idea for any cable that has wires consisting of 2 different metals. E.g. many cheap UTP cables don't use solid-copper wires but copper-clad aluminum. You'll get ...
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Can I put keyboards in the dishwasher?

Short answer: For consumer keyboards, a big fat no. Long answer: It really depends on the keyboard and the dishwasher. If the keyboard is a submersion safe industrial or medical keyboard, then that ...
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Cleaning computer cables In the dishwasher

With the exception of network cables (whose underlying wires are exposed; see comment by Ron Maupin), none of the cables in question have any active components or exposed wiring that could be damaged ...
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Is it okay to keep washing and reusing microfiber cloths for cleaning monitors?

Empirically? Shouldn't make a difference - I just throw them in the laundry, and they haven't washed up yet. That said, if you're that worried, disposable wipes work fine, and I tend to prefer them ...
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Is it safe to soak a motherboard in vinegar?

EDIT I missed the battery part and thought you talked about leaking capacitors. As the cleaning issue is exactly the same I'll let my answer stand as is. This isn't safe and wouldn't repair the ...
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Cleaning laptop keyboard using antibacterial wet wipes

To be honest, the chances of your keyboard being damaged form wet wipes (generally anything slightly wet and not soaking) is pretty low. Just to be safe tho, only use anything wet when necessary (...
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How to stop Dell notification on my computer?

Uninstall the "Dell Backup and Recovery" utility if you don't ever intend to use it. If you do use it you will need to start the program itself with "Run as Administrator" and then disable the ...
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Isopropyl alcohol and water droplets

Are those droplets of water that remained going to be dissolved by the isopropyl alcohol or I should have dried it first? The IPA will be just slightly diluted with the water and contaminated with ...
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Any way to clean a PC safely with vacuum?

Here's what I've been told, despite myself having been guilty of using a vacuum before on occasion: Aside from the issue of the static discharge, the problem with vacuuming is that when directed at ...
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