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vicmeldrew
26th December 2007, 09:26 AM
Ouch! i spilled a little coffee (milk with 2 sugars) on my 15" AL 1.67 mhz Hi Res Powerbook. It hit the bottom of the screen but luckily missed the keyboard. I now have 2 largish bright patches which i suspect had more to do with the damp cloth i used to clean it, rather than the spill.

Will these patches eventually go away as they dry?

I also just had the Powerbook enrolled in Applecare. The 12 month warranty ends today or tomorrow. If the screen is permanently damaged, would Apple cancel it on this machine and transfer it to a new Macbook Pro if I asked them nicely.

AusMac
26th December 2007, 09:35 AM
one can only ask.

unfortunately spilling liquids on the bottom of the screen means that they will immediately infest any avilable space that gravity wil place them in.. this is usually between the contacts.
This means that if you hurry up, pull it to bits and clean them there may be a reasonable result .. but at the same time there is also the heat factor which may have permanently damaged coatings.

silverdreamer
26th December 2007, 10:34 AM
2 Rules of computer etiquette apply in my house.

Rule number 1./ No coffee or drinks near the computer, coffee is for coffee breaks.

Rule Number 2./ Refer to rule number one.:o

reminds me of the guy complaining about dropping his into a full sink of water.(Seriously) You just don't need to have your computer on the windowsill above the sink while your washing up.

MrJesseRoss
26th December 2007, 11:40 AM
reminds me of the guy complaining about dropping his into a full sink of water.(Seriously) You just don't need to have your computer on the windowsill above the sink while your washing up.

But washing up is boring! Youtube makes it fun!:D

thorevenge
26th December 2007, 11:40 AM
Liquid damage voids Applecare.

I saw a liquid damaged Powerbook the other day - turns out the inverter board got fried in the liquid spill. OOW for an inverter board isnt much though (about 200 inc parts) but yeah if the LCD is damaged, get a new Mac.

As to the patches, I hope you didnt use blue windex to clean the screen or no, they won't go away. Ammonia damages screens...


AFAIK Applecare is non-transferrable too...

vicmeldrew
26th December 2007, 12:01 PM
reminds me of the guy complaining about dropping his into a full sink of water.(Seriously) You just don't need to have your computer on the windowsill above the sink while your washing up.

I didn't want to mention that I was doing the washing up at the time.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x148/vicmeldrew2/_0010229.jpg?t=1198633374

As you can see it still quite usable but rather unsightly.

SilverJ
28th December 2007, 03:02 PM
Maybe you could try cleaning it with the iKlear stuff, or iClean from the Apple website, it cleans really well and gets off grimy fingerprints etc apparently, i may remove coffee stains too?

Jopher
28th December 2007, 03:32 PM
Why not just spill coffee over the rest of the screen to even it out? :P

stewiesno1
28th December 2007, 03:56 PM
See my rant here
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/showthread.php?p=417275#post417275
Tsk, tsk , tsk.

Stewie

swaz
28th December 2007, 05:35 PM
[QUOTE=silverdreamer;416491

reminds me of the guy complaining about dropping his into a full sink of water.(Seriously) You just don't need to have your computer on the windowsill above the sink while your washing up.[/QUOTE]

how else does one watch newly downloaded porn while washing up?

swaz
28th December 2007, 05:38 PM
On a serious note. Contact MicroSeconds in Sydney (google them) they have loads of spares and replaces my whole LCD assembly for $250.
They are rude, but fast and did an ok job.

AusMac
28th December 2007, 05:50 PM
This is clearly damage to coatings either on the surface or inbetween sandwiched surfaces .. yeah .. buy a new one.

swaz
28th December 2007, 06:03 PM
let me know if you want to sell that one :)

DavyG
28th December 2007, 06:07 PM
Or you can try 'equalizing' the screen using more coffee.
Just kidding. :p

scruffie
28th December 2007, 06:27 PM
Ahem, umm - thats how i ruined my macbook keyboard. Washing the dishes is such a chore! Though it was little water droplets that did it. I didn't submerge it in the sink.

vicmeldrew
28th December 2007, 07:01 PM
The bright bits that are apparent in the photo are no longer a solid mass. They are smaller in area and now resemble brain matter. Only about 20%, probably less, of the original area is now bright. Hopefully it will gone completely in a few days. I now have a slight brown patch about 15mm high along about a third of the screen where the coffee obviously soaked between the lcd and the backlight. Its barely noticeable under normal usage.


AFAIK Applecare is non-transferrable too...

I rang up customer care at Apple and spoke to a nice man called Kevin. After making enquiries he told me i could transfer the Applecare at any time during the life of the agreement BUT the original end date would remain. So if i bought a new macbook pro, I would get less than a year extra warranty. That is good in away because it means I am not feeling compelled to buy a new machine. I recently got a 3G modem with Vodafone's 5 Gb for $39 (which is great by the way) and have started taking the PB to work and my music buying expeditions. It just gets thrown in my bag which gets thrown into my pushbike's pannier. The screen imperfection marring it's previous almost pristineness, now has me less worried about the overall condition of the machine. And I won't feel as guilty using it in the bath.


On a serious note. Contact MicroSeconds in Sydney (google them) they have loads of spares and replaces my whole LCD assembly for $250.
They are rude, but fast and did an ok job.

Thanks for that. I don't think i'll worry about the screen but may contact them to install a new 250Gb HD.