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Spilled water on MacBook Pro

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blueeyes20 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 7, 2013 3:17 PM

I know there are a million discussions on this, but I have a few questions that haven't been answered yet.  I spilled a large glass of water (Brita filtered, if that makes any difference) yesterday on my 2010 MacBook Pro at around noon.  I probably did not turn off the computer as quickly as I should have (first instinct was to clean up water) but it was within 30 seconds.  At that time, the trackpad still worked and at least the enter key still worked, since I went to shut down and hit enter when asked to save my MS Word document.  There was a strange noise coming from the computer.  I flipped the computer over and put a towel in between the screen and the keyboard, and there was water coming out.  Last night I took off the back lid and cleaned a bit of water off that and some of the components.  I have not been able to remove the battery since I can't find a screwdriver that fits those ridiculous three-pronged screws.

 

I was planning to wait until Saturday (3 days) to try to turn on the computer, but I'm a student and this is my only way of using a computer at home.  With a big storm expected to hit New England tomorrow night and my work schedule changed from Saturday to Sunday because of it, the earliest I could take in my computer if it doesn't work would be Monday, and I really can't throw away a whole weekend.  Would it be okay to try my computer tomorrow (2 days)?  Or should I just take it in to Apple tomorrow?  I was thinking tonight I would put it in front of the heating vent to try to dry it out, but I'm not sure because my house is old and sometimes the air comes out cold.  Is that still fine?

 

Also, if by some miracle my computer does still function, I have learned a lot about hard drives in my spillage reading over the last day and am thinking I would like to replace the hard drive with a SSD.  Would putting the new drive in a computer potentially compromised due to water damage the drive?

 

Thanks.

MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.5.6), MacBookPro1,1, Intel Core Duo
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to blueeyes20)

    Turn it off.

     

    Kepp it turned off.

     

    Kepp it unplugged.

     

    Take it in for evaluation as only an expert looking at it wil know the extend of the damage.

     

    Same advice given always and will continue until notebokks change dramatically.

     

    Sorry.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 4:28 PM (in response to blueeyes20)

    At the present time you have a non-functioning MBP and thinking about installing a SSD in it is premature.  What you might do is take out the Hard Disk Drive and see if you can salvage the data.  In order to do so you will need a #00 Phillips  and a #6 Torx drivers (any good hardware store will have them) and an enclosure for the HDD. 

     

    To remove the battery requires a #0 Triwing driver and that is not easy to find.  But you may be able to disconnect the battery by disengaging the plug.

     

    Ciao.

  • YtHaar-Mej Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 7:59 PM (in response to blueeyes20)
    blueeyes20
    Also, if by some miracle my computer does still function, I have learned a lot about hard drives in my spillage reading over the last day and am thinking I would like to replace the hard drive with a SSD.  Would putting the new drive in a computer potentially compromised due to water damage the drive?

    Hey blueeyes20,

     

    I've spilt water on my macbook pro as well, so i know what you're going through. i'd advise you do what everyone else here has stated and wait a few days to let ALL the water drain out and take it in for analysis. make sure you keep it in a nice cool area until you go to the Apple Store, and if possible to put it in a nice cool area (such as a bag full of rice) for a couple days.

     

    best of luck to you, and i hope you are able to get back to using your shiny mac =^D

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 8:01 PM (in response to YtHaar-Mej)

    Rice is probably not the best idea.

     

    It can get into spaces such as air-feed vents.

     

    And no blow dryers, as that overheats the affected area and can cause further injury.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 3:54 AM (in response to blueeyes20)

    Let the technicians at the Apple store turn it on.  They will tell you what the status of your MBP is and then you will be able to make an informed decision.

     

    Ciao.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to blueeyes20)

    Goodl luck.

  • YtHaar-Mej Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 3:27 PM (in response to blueeyes20)
    blueeyes20
    Thanks for your help.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

     

    good luck =^)

    steve359

    Rice is probably not the best idea.

    It can get into spaces such as air-feed vents.

    hmm, you have a point about that. When I spilt water on my macbook, the research I did said to put it into a bag of rice and closed up. However, i left it in my basement tilted on it's side to drain out and avoid the logicboard.

     

    edit: corrected a typo

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 3:30 PM (in response to YtHaar-Mej)

    That was bad advice.  Steve359 is correct.  Silica gel packets are the only thing I would put in a wet MBP, but most house hold will not have them.

     

    Ciao.

  • YtHaar-Mej Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 3:33 PM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
    OGELTHORPE

    That was bad advice.  Steve359 is correct.  Silica gel packets are the only thing I would put in a wet MBP, but most house hold will not have them.   Ciao.

    true, you learn something new every day. i was told to do that, and i'll note that down for future reference =^)

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 5:11 PM (in response to blueeyes20)

    Glad things worked out well ... enough.  Some people choose yo use extenral keyboard and trackpad most of the time to save wear-and-tear AND make the cheaper external the target.  But you can choose.

     

    Happy travels.

  • YtHaar-Mej Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 5:13 PM (in response to blueeyes20)

    blueeyes20Quote

    "

    Okay, so 6 days and $682 later....

    I have a working Macbook again.  Luckily it was only the battery, not the logicboard - but it was also the trackpad and a few keys.  The repair place replaced the battery, the top case, and the trackpad (plus labor).  Overall, it was a very expensive accident and not one I'm looking to repeat.  Though I'm still thinking of replacing the hard drive - I've gotten spoiled the past week using my school computers, which are really fast.  I did upgrade my RAM to 8gb (why didn't I do that three years ago?).



    Thanks to everyone for your help. "

    yay! at least it wasnt the logic board, that would be a pain in the rear to fix.

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