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  • William Oram Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    Scott wins teh internets. :P
  • shivy1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok fine a new theory your macbook had alittle too much to drink and you never let it use the bathroom.
  • Centurion1 Level 4 Level 4 (1,300 points)
    Hey Brett, come on own up...It was you wasn't it? Don't blame the MBP!
  • craniotes Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Don't be so quick to condemn Mr. Dikeman...

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/07/15/ntsb-looks-to-laptop-batteries-as-possible-ca use-of-plane-fire/#comments

    I'd thoroughly check the battery for any signs of leakage if I were in his shoes. Given the number of problems people have been reporting regarding MBP batteries, and Apple's recall, I wouldn't be surprised at all if there's a connection here.

    Regards,
    Adam

    PS - Of course it could be cat pee...
  • camhabib Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
    Don't be so quick to condemn Mr. Dikeman...

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/07/15/ntsb-looks-to-lapto
    p-batteries-as-possible-cause-of-plane-fire/#comments

    I'd thoroughly check the battery for any signs of
    leakage if I were in his shoes. Given the number of
    problems people have been reporting regarding MBP
    batteries, and Apple's recall, I wouldn't be
    surprised at all if there's a connection here.

    Regards,
    Adam

    PS - Of course it could be cat pee...


    I don't think wet cell batteries have been used in this manor in my lifetime.
  • wdbutcher Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Maybe he is trying to cover up his **** addiction?
  • Joseph Parkin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK guys,

    You're all definitely too quick to judge this as nonsense but my 17" MBP died last week when it too "wet the bed".

    I went to sleep with my MBP on the bedside table which is only just big enough for the MBP on its own and has no space for a glass of water, a cup of tea, or whatever and when I woke up it didn't respond. I had been using it right up until when i went to sleep and the only liquid in the room was a glass of water on the floor on the other side of the bed.

    I saw that the MagSafe light wasn't on so assumed that the power had gone down and the battery had run out. I went to check and the power was fine so decided to try a different plug socket. I unplugged it and picked it up to go into the living room and found that it was sitting in a puddle and more liquid was coming from underneath. On closer inspection the majority of the liquid had come from the back of the computer and the battery compartment (in that order). I checked the battery which seemed fine
    apart from being soaking wet.

    To me, it seemed 100% like water and it left no marks anywhere - not even on a light yellow sheet on which i left it to drain (enough to make you weep - i couldn't work without a computer and spent the whole day pacing back and forth ying to figure out what had happened!!) I started checking the ceiling for leaks and all sorts of scenarios went through my head to try and explain it but it's simply unexplainable if the liquid hadn't come from inside the MBP. Bear in mind that the top of the computer, the keyboard and trackpad had no marks on them at all which is why i only noticed when i picked it up. The only way to pull that off would be to very very carefully introduce water through the with a pipette or something!

    I was afraid to get in touch with Apple in case they thought that i was responsable as spills are very common i understand and are not covered by the warranty.

    Anyway, I left it for 2 days to dry out and plugged it in. To look at it you wouldn't be able to tell that anything had happened to it. At first the MagSafe flashed amber very softly and all of a sudden it started to charge. It charged up the battery with no problem - the battery leds still work - and i tried the power switch - nothing. dammit.

    Anyway, it's a shame that the original poster didn't follow up but i certainly will - i'll be in touch with Apple in the morning and i'll follow up here to let you all know what had happened.

    Your replies were pretty funny but bear in mind that this has cost me a **** of a lot of time, and therefore money, and is no laughing matter. I only hope that they can recover my data from the HD because my other Apple (G4 tower) died the week before so i couldn't back up to the extra drive i have in there where i usually do it.

    Regards,

    Joe
  • ScottishCaptain Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Humor aside, it's probably the Heatpipes, if anything.

    The Lithium batteries would basically explode if they started leaking- since Lithium itself tends to go boom when you expose it to air.

    Heatpipes are liquid-based devices. Usually it's something that will evaporate faster then water will, when exposed to air. I have no clue what color it would be.

    If the seal were to break on the pipe, it would probably start leaking because of the slight pressure inside the pipe due to thermal expansion of the said liquid/gas when the pipe is in operation.

    Since the heatpipes are seriously crammed in the MBP's along with the processors, chipsets, and logic board, there's a good chance it would have shorted out the unit and killed the board...

    Ether way, it is possible that the heatpipe seal was bad enough that it started to leak whatever Apple uses inside them (usually something like Ethanol).

    -SC
  • Alexandru Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Li-Pol batteries DO smell sweet when leaking.
    They don't boom in any situation. They just burst in flames (which is a very slow explosion actually, like the fats oxidizing, which is EVEN slower).

    The guy which started the thread should take the battery out, clean it with a cloth and then check carefully each part of it, it's shape (should be perfectly plane).
  • dotcom Level 3 Level 3 (600 points)
    Well, maybe the OP is not reporting back because of the general censuses in this thread to not take him seriously. May be a few more helpful notes as the more recent ones will keep up the spirit with which these forums have been created by Apple.
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