4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2007 9:13 AM by a brody
Wade in Japan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Okay, I know I am an idiot for doing it, but I spilt coffee on my 17" MPB keyboard a while back. I immediately picked it up and dried what I could, but five keys have stopped working. They are not sticking, they depress and release as they should, they just aren't working.

The only alpha keys not working is "w", and "Q". I get around it by cutting and pasting them from other text when needed, but am getting tired of it. Also not working are "tab", "esc" and "f1".

Everything else seems to be working perfectly, except for those five keys. It has been a couple of months actually and nothing new has popped up.

So my Question is, what do you think the problem could be, is it something you think I can fix, or am I going to have to break down, spend the money and get Apple to fix it. I know it won't be covered by Apple Care since I was the idiot who decided Mac's find coffee as delicious as I do.

Again, it something I can work around easily, but seems to me something I shoulf fix just to avoid the minor frustration of it all.

Thanks for any and all advice. I know I can't be the only one to have faced this.


17" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Red Dwarf Level 6 Level 6 (14,890 points)
    Hi Wade,

    Don't feel too bad. It happened to me also although the coffee was spilt on my 17" MBP by one of my clients about a month ago - long story, don't ask

    The symptoms were the same, some of the keys on the keyboard did not work; there was also some damage to the monitor. I replaced the keyboard and all was well again.

    I would suggest that it may be best to go to an independent Apple Authorised Service Provider (AASP) as opposed to sending it direct to Apple. The cost of the keyboard, at least in the UK, is approx. £90 plus whatever labour charges the AASP will charge (should be no more than 1 hour labour).

    In the meantime, although not ideal, you should be able to have full keyboard funtionality by connecting an external usb keyboard.

  • Wade in Japan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks RD!

    That's what I was planning on doing, but guess I was hoping for that impossible to find no cost solution, lol.

    I am using my iMac's wireless keyboard when at home, but to be perfectly honest I am a little embarrassed to take it out in public.

    "Why are you using that keyboard?" a friend would ask, and I would be forced to admit that while I can hold my beer, I can not hold my coffee.

    Thanks again,

  • Digital Dude Level 4 Level 4 (1,685 points)
    As I read this, I have my coffee resting on a stool nearly half a meter away from the table where I'm typing. I don't know, coffee simply finds a way to spill on keyboards,
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,900 points)
    My college instituted a no food, no drink policy in all of its computer rooms. For good reason! Accidents do happen!