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felixPRO
21st February 2010, 08:34 AM
A couple of days ago a bottle of v was poured on my macbook pro.

Is the soda ganna do damage to the internals if i leave it there for a week.

If i switch have it switched off can i put it in water to try get this crap out of it?

I cant make it to a mac store until friday.

bennettnz
21st February 2010, 08:56 AM
I don't know that putting it in water is going to help at all. I certainly wouldn't.

Nevets_Anderson
21st February 2010, 09:13 AM
If you haven't already Turn the thing off and turn it upside down NOW
Keep it that way and leave it some where warm and dry - for at least 2 or 3 days may be as many as 5. DO NOT TRY TO TURN IT ON!

> put it in water to try get this crap out of it?

NO DO NOT DO THIS!

Was this just a splash on the keyboard or deep immersion?

If it was just a splash you might be ok usually the keyboard will pick up the liquid - BUT LET THE THING DRY OUT

If / when you turn the thing on if you can get to an external drive back the data up immediately.

You may also want to plug in an external keyboard and mouse as that sort of liquid may have screwed up the connections of your keyboard and an external will give you the ability (or at least some ability) to use the machine - on the other hand it may not as some times the connections of the keyboard get stuck down so you have a keyboard that is continually trying to type strange things to your machine! (Not good)

If your very lucky you may be able to get away with just using the machine as is - if not ... well plan for an expensive trip to your nearest mac shop.

Good luck hope the above helps

Nevets

Byrd
21st February 2010, 10:33 AM
The "V" drink will most likely corrode the motherboard; you will need to get in there quick to clean it all off using Isopropyl Alcohol wipes. You should have done this as soon as it happened, assuming you are out of warranty. You might be lucky in that it may have only spilt on the keyboard itself, and not dribbled down inside; however get ready for a expensive surprise if not.

JB

Brains
21st February 2010, 11:21 AM
Stop using your MacBook NOW! Under NO circumstances turn it back on, or connect it to your MagSafe!

Get what important documents you need off to a USB stick, turn it off and leave it off.

Carbonated drinks are the worst thing you can have inside your modern laptop. Once the bulk of the water has evaporated itself off, the syrup residue that's left is strongly acidic and will eat its way through the logic board's thin lacquer and then eat away at the very thin copper traces. It will also play havoc with the thin printed conductors inside the keyboard.

A week is too long to wait -- if no electrical damage occurs immediately, irreversible damage starts 72 hours after the spill and continues until cleaned.

You can not immerse your laptop in water, as residual charges in the electronics will cause further damage once exposed to moisture, not to mention making a complete disaster of the screen and mechanical components (the hard drive and optical drive). To be cleaned properly, it must be disassembled, the logic board extracted and cleaned. The keyboard will need to be replaced no matter what.

You are in for an expensive repair job no matter how you look at it. Liquid spill damage is not covered by warranty (extended or otherwise), labour charges for cleaning will be high, and you may well be charged for a replacement logic board.

felixPRO
21st February 2010, 03:04 PM
It went all the way through and was pouring out the bottom and super drive.

No way I can make it to a macstore till Friday. Looks like my roommate just bought herself a $2000 paper weight.

Brains
21st February 2010, 05:55 PM
*wince* The question begs, WHY?

You need a new room-mate.

QueenOfSwords
21st February 2010, 06:41 PM
It went all the way through and was pouring out the bottom and super drive.

No way I can make it to a macstore till Friday. Looks like my roommate just bought herself a $2000 paper weight.

And would we be correct in assuming she took two days to get around to telling you? Roommates suck. Condolances. :(

felixPRO
23rd February 2010, 01:41 PM
Apparently her cat knocked the bottle over. Which is believable because these cats are pieces of shit with no idea where they are and no balance.

But it was her cat and her can of v(she was using as an ashtray) so it's her responsibility.

Nah, I was home at the time so she couldn't really hide it from me.

bennettnz
23rd February 2010, 02:37 PM
Bottle of V and cigarettes, sounds like a healthy lifestyle. If your mac survives this it should go into a Mactalk Hall of Fame.

Philip from Australia
26th February 2010, 03:24 AM
If it's one of the older ones, pop out the hard drive to copy the data off it. At least then you have that.

But I don't get it... she was using a (partially?) full can of V as an ash tray? Wasting the V that was left? Seems wasteful.

bakeraus
26th February 2010, 11:31 AM
I know people do this...but seriously why would you put a drink next to it? Some times you forget sure but no one has ever had a drink in a 40cm radius of my MBP. The number one killer of Macs is from coffee etc.

dekco
26th February 2010, 12:08 PM
...

But I don't get it... she was using a (partially?) full can of V as an ash tray? Wasting the V that was left? Seems wasteful.

what usually happens is, you fill the empty can with water. A common occurrence in china. When i was in shanghai,guangzhou, beijing all restaurants will pour chinese tea in the ash tray.

ma5bookpro
26th February 2010, 01:37 PM
Do you have contents insurance for accidental damage? Check your policy documents.

Philip from Australia
1st March 2010, 05:15 AM
what usually happens is, you fill the empty can with water. A common occurrence in china. When i was in shanghai,guangzhou, beijing all restaurants will pour chinese tea in the ash tray.

I would understand if it was waster in the can (even ash laden water). But it just seems wasteful to use V in that manner.

Even cold tea makes sense.

Was it flat V??

Anyway. Just wondering out loud. I hope it was fixed.

felixPRO
8th March 2010, 07:47 AM
Well here's a quick update. Managed to get to a mac reseller in Melbourne. My mac on flinders St in Melbourne. Dropped it in on 24/02. And for the price on $99 just to get a quote I'm still yet to hear back about it.

I have called many times and each time I'm told I'll get a call. So as a word of advice never go to mymac!!!

It's bound to be a lost cause by now.

billybob
8th March 2010, 01:53 PM
felix,

most resellers operate their service centre on a queue based system. When you booked it in they would have given you an estimate on how long your job might take to reach the top of the queue. This is an estimate based on how many jobs are currently in the queue and a guesstimate on how long each will take.

Given that they are the only aasp in the CBD they are constantly hammered. And I also know that they have a staff shortage so turnaround times might be unfortunately suffering a bit.

Having had a liquid spill you should be in the mindframe that your machine is dead. It's likely that a repair will cost more than replacing the machine so keep your fingers crossed that the hard drive itself is ok and all your data is still accessible.

If you haven't already you should speak to your roommate to check to see if they have any insurance that will cove the repair.

And be patient, ringing the service centre on a regular basis will just slow things down as every time someone calls whoever is taking the call is not working on a machine...



Well here's a quick update. Managed to get to a mac reseller in Melbourne. My mac on flinders St in Melbourne. Dropped it in on 24/02. And for the price on $99 just to get a quote I'm still yet to hear back about it.

I have called many times and each time I'm told I'll get a call. So as a word of advice never go to mymac!!!

It's bound to be a lost cause by now.

felixPRO
8th March 2010, 05:05 PM
They said they would have a quote that day.

Then a few days later said it was on the table and once again would have a quote that day.

So once again donot go to mymac. I don't give shit how busy they are. A phone call after 14 days after paying $99 for the quote is just common curtisy. And concidering it's 6pm you can make that 15 days.

Jimbo
13th April 2010, 04:31 PM
Any news on this one?

felixPRO
15th April 2010, 01:19 AM
UPDATE : After many tears and what-not. I decided to see how long it would actually last.

Its still going. In fact apart from the annoying keyboard failing on occasion and the trackpad being a little jittery it has been going strong.

As for the quote. It would have cost $2500 to replace the logic board, keyboard, trackpad. Plus labour on top.

I am so surprised thats its still working. It hasn't effected the performance at all.

stewiesno1
15th April 2010, 06:37 AM
It may not affect it now which is surprising but give it a few months depending on where the liquid landed - and not forgetting the corrosive nature of the drink - you may still end up with a paperweight.

Stewie

felixPRO
15th April 2010, 01:11 PM
Dont get me wrong. i'm still expecting my baby to pass away. but at this point everyday we have together is a good surprise.

leon
15th April 2010, 04:30 PM
So has your room-mate bought you another laptop or at least given you $2000 for it yet?

felixPRO
15th April 2010, 05:31 PM
not yet. its going to take a while before i will see any of that cash.

we need to move. and she is just a low-paid nurse.

shes good for it.

felixPRO
28th February 2011, 11:24 PM
UPDATE : Its actually still running, have done nothing to it but use it. Slowly it is starting to die, rainbow wheel pops up from time to time with very little running, but after just over a year i am amazed by this little go getter!

iMic
1st March 2011, 12:11 AM
I'm surprised you didn't end up getting the machine cleaned out (or did you? Maybe I overlooked something). Chances are if it's still working then it's not too late to have the machine opened up and cleaned with an alcohol solution. Moved quite a few machines through the workshop that have only needed a decent cleaning to ensure some kind of long term reliability. They're still running as well, with the exception of one that went through a second round of beer submersion and didn't live to see it through.

Every now and then I still keep an eye out for damaged systems on the used market, never know what a deep cleaning will achieve.

felixPRO
20th June 2013, 08:29 PM
FINAL UPDATE

My Macbook Pro finally died. Just over 3 years after the drink spill.

Farewell my old friend.

rjch
24th June 2013, 07:35 PM
RIP

simonm
24th June 2013, 11:05 PM
It went all the way through and was pouring out the bottom and super drive.

This had me laughing my effing arse off. Sorry. I hope you can look back at it now and laugh. And hey, at least you get to go MacBook shopping!

The new Airs look pretty sweet and new Pros just around the corner too!