13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2012 9:39 PM by stevejobsfan0123
theoscy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey, I recently spilt a soft drink over my mac mini, I have dried it out for 5 days in rice and it works as usual apart from when I plug it in the fan roars and wont stop. I have tried several fac control programs such as smc fan control etc. None have had any effect at all. What should I do? Before anybody mentions it I have reset the smc several times and nothing has changed. Thanks In advance.


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Water damage
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    You may have damaged a fan sensor  or a fan itself. If that is the case then a hardware repair is necessary. Of course if your machine was under warranty or AppleCare you have invalidated both as water damage is not covered, it's considered owner abuse.

     

    However I would recommend doing a SMC Reset at least 2-3 times.  For instructions on how to do this reset Google:

     

    Intel iMac SMC reset.

     

    Good luck!

  • 2. Re: Water damage
    theoscy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for that, have reset smc over 10 times and no luck. Is there no other way? Is it possible to disable the fan? I understand the dangers of this but I need to use the computer.

  • 3. Re: Water damage
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    Running a mini without a fan, though on a different cost scale, would be like driving your car without coolant. Sooner or later, you will pay dearly. Also, at some point, that fan may fail in its current state.

     

    If you live near an Apple store, set an appointment for them to evaluate your mini fan issue, and if necessary, provide a repair estimate. It is better to be proactive than stare at a paperweight you could have prevented.

  • 4. Re: Water damage
    theoscy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know that! Is it possible to disable the fan though?

  • 5. Re: Water damage
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,990 points)

    It is not wise to disable your fan even were you able to do so.   Forgive me being blunt but the choice may well be between an official repair - or all too soon, a new machine.  Viking OSX is correct. 

  • 6. Re: Water damage
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    Get the machine professionally repaired, anything else is dumb!

  • 7. Re: Water damage
    theoscy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Please guys, planning to replace the model soon so I don't mind if it breaks after a while. Is it possible to disable the fan?

  • 8. Re: Water damage
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    Apple is the one brand of computers which maintains a decent resell value. Even if it were possible to disable the fan (which software author would DARE offering such "tool"...), why burn your dollars this way?

  • 9. Re: Water damage
    theoscy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can somebody please give me a straight answer. I am aware of the consiquences and sheer stupidity, but CAN I DISABLE THE FAN?

  • 10. Re: Water damage
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,495 points)

    Yes. Just open it up and cut the wires.

     

    Then watch it melt.

  • 11. Re: Water damage
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,990 points)

    Yes.   But at your peril.

  • 12. Re: Water damage
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    Absolutely yes. If you want to kill the fan itself as well, just hit it with a hammer.

  • 13. Re: Water damage
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)

    Well, sure, if you want to be direct