14755 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2008 9:51 AM by PowerbookG4er
Hi this can be one of the worst things that can happen to a laptop
Hopefully no crucial electronics have been shorted - you did the right thing turning it upside down and removing the battery.
Like you I would leave it a while longer to dry and then take it in for a checkup. Like all electronic equipment it can be hazardous when wet so best check it over before using it.
Thanks for the reply.
I don't think I took out the battery soon enough. The computer is working fine, but only when the battery is out. When it's plugged in and 'on' and I put the battery in the screen instantly goes black and the white 'standby' light goes on. If I press a key it tries to start up and then fails.
What I'm going to do next is see if a battery from a different computer works. I'm going to let my battery sit out for a couple more days to see if it just needs to dry out more, but I'm worried I'm going to have to buy a new one (which at least would be better than buying an entirely new computer).
I don't want to raise false hopes, but I have seen Macs survive similar incidents. A friend/client spilt a 1/2 pint tumbler of water on his brand new MacBook Pro 17 keyboard about 18 months ago and the machine still works fine till this day. Macs are extremely tough machines so don't give up on your just yet!
I guess the moral of the story is that computing and liquids don't mix
Hope it turns out Ok for you.
In future, if you happen to spill an "ounce or two" of water on your laptop, immediately remove al power sources, meaning yank the battery and the power cord no matter what you have open, and do not try and boot it for at least a day, if not longer, as if there is water in the boards or crucial electronic components, namely everything inside your laptop, if you try to boot it, you will more than likely screw things up worse. Tent it and let it dry out, then maybe take a warm hairdryer to it after it has dried for a day to get the last of the moisture out. Never ever ever ever, under any circumstances start up a computer with water in it, its kind of akin to dropping a hairdryer in the bathtub, then repeatedly trying to get in and out of the tub with the hairdryer plugged in, your probably not gonna do so well against the current through the water, and neither is your laptop. Best of luck tho.