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Old Aug 9, 2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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spilt water on my new macbook pro

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Last night I spilt a cup of water directly onto the keyboard of my two week old macbook pro, I immediately turned it upside down & let the water come out of it & turned it off. I left the macbook upside down for the night, unfortunately my brother turned it over & closed it by accident so It didn't get the whole night to air out. This morning I turned it back upside down & I turned it on (still upside down) to see if it worked, it did and ithey keyboard worked as well, I left it all day today upside down & I was just wondering how long I should leave it to dry out or if I need to do anything else?! Thankyou
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 01:20 AM   #2
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Hi,
Last night I spilt a cup of water directly onto the keyboard of my two week old macbook pro, I immediately turned it upside down & let the water come out of it & turned it off. I left the macbook upside down for the night, unfortunately my brother turned it over & closed it by accident so It didn't get the whole night to air out. This morning I turned it back upside down & I turned it on (still upside down) to see if it worked, it did and ithey keyboard worked as well, I left it all day today upside down & I was just wondering how long I should leave it to dry out or if I need to do anything else?! Thankyou
it should dry out by the end of today. just keep it in warm and dry place.
good that it is only water! once I spilled whiskey and cola and had to remove the keys one by one to make them not stick
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 03:14 AM   #3
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it should dry out by the end of today. just keep it in warm and dry place.
good that it is only water! once I spilled whiskey and cola and had to remove the keys one by one to make them not stick
That is a pain...!

Btw, use a keyboard cover...it may be a little uncomfortable or looks a little ugly, but it prevents dust/dirt/liquid from getting into your keyboard
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 03:23 AM   #4
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Its best to let it dry for at least a week in my experience.

I've dealt with this before (not my MBP) and the longer you give it, the better. We took it to an authorised Apple reseller and they said it was destroyed.

So I took it home, pulled it apart, let it dry for a few weeks. I put it back together, let it sit for a few months, powered it on and hey presto, it was as good as new.

I think we got really lucky because the MBP hasn't missed a beat since.

Sold it to a friend for a reduced price (obviously) and they say it is still running perfectly.


And I second the suggestion for a keyboard cover.
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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one night is more than enough for the mb to dry out.

just leave the screen open, turn it upside down.

leave it on top of a towel.
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 09:31 AM   #6
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Take it to a shop and let them open it and clean it properly. Water has minerals in it that can and will corrode over time so it is best to have it cleaned properly. Why risk it...

One night is not enough.
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 09:45 AM   #7
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this is why i reocmend the moshi cleargaurd keyboard cover to help rpevent this kind of stuff LOL
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 10:12 AM   #8
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I don't mean to topic hijack, but what are some common problems after spilling water/liquids on a MBP?
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 10:15 AM   #9
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I don't mean to topic hijack, but what are some common problems after spilling water/liquids on a MBP?

System won't come on.
Keyboard failure.
Display failure.

It all really depends on where the water goes and what gets shorted.
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 11:26 AM   #10
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but doesnt key board cover prevents the computer from getting rid of heat?
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 11:34 AM   #11
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but doesnt key board cover prevents the computer from getting rid of heat?
No. There's a sheet of material underneath the keyboard already preventing the keyboard myth that air flows through it.
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Old Aug 10, 2011, 10:22 AM   #12
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No. There's a sheet of material underneath the keyboard already preventing the keyboard myth that air flows through it.
this is true.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 05:30 PM   #13
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TRY THE FOLLOWING: (I MANAGED TO SAVE MY MACBOOK WITH THIS METHOD (even the keyword)):

1. SWITCH IT OFF IMMEDIATELY
2. TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN TO GET A MAXIMUM OF WATER OUT
3. IF YOU CAN, GET THE BATTERY OUT, IF YOU CANT (UNIBODY UNITS), JUST KEEP WITH THE FOLLOWING:
3. DON'T EVER TURN IT OFF AGAIN UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY DRY
4. TO GET IT COMPLETE DRY:

-FIRST AND FOREMOST: DONT EVER EVER GET IT NEAR a fire (the battery would explode)

-TAKE OUT THE LID AND WRAP THE COMPUTER IN A BLACK T-SHIRT OR BLACK CLOTH.

-LET IT DRY IT UNDER THE SUN (ALWAYS WRAPPED, DONT EXPOSE IT DIRECTLY)

-WHEN THERE IS NO SUN, KEEP DRYING IT AS FOLLOWS:

-GET A PILLOW CASE AND FILL IT WITH 3 KILOS OF RICE (RICE IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE DRYING AGENTS ON THE MARKET)

-PUT YOUR COMPUTER INSIDE THE PILLOW CASE WITH THE RICE (THE COMPUTER MUST ALWAYS BE WELL WRAPPED IN A CLOTH, OTHERWISE YOU'LL GROW A RICE FIELD IN THE CIRCUITS)

5. LET THE COMPUTER DRY COMPLETELY (ALLOW FOR THREE FULL DAYS).

6. WHEN THE COMPUTER IS COMPLETELY DRY, TURN IT ON AGAIN AND SEE HOW IT GOES.

HOPE IT HELPS
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 05:39 PM   #14
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  1. The post is from last year, it's got to be dry by now
  2. Your CAPS LOCK keys seems to be stuck on
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 05:39 PM   #15
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This is kind of freaking me out. I'm drinking a bottle of wine right now while on my MacBook. But I've been regularly in this situation for like 2 semesters with no problem. Skill son.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 05:40 PM   #16
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 11:38 PM   #17
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No. There's a sheet of material underneath the keyboard already preventing the keyboard myth that air flows through it.
That is true that there is no air flow, but heat definitely dissipates through it. Just like there's no airflow through the metal case, covering that up with plastic will cause it to get hotter than normal. It's not substantial, but it does cause small heat increases, not enough to make a difference though.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 09:07 AM   #18
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Water has minerals now?

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Take it to a shop and let them open it and clean it properly. Water has minerals in it that can and will corrode over time so it is best to have it cleaned properly. Why risk it...

One night is not enough.
Water is Oxygen with 2 Hydrogens = no minerals, if he spilled and turned it off right away and let it air out, the water doesn't do any major damage
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Take it to a shop and let them open it and clean it properly. Water has minerals in it that can and will corrode over time so it is best to have it cleaned properly. Why risk it...

One night is not enough.
This is important. If the Logic Board starts to corrode you will have issues further down the line. As posted, take it in it's a new machine and not worth risking.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 09:24 AM   #20
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Water is Oxygen with 2 Hydrogens = no minerals, if he spilled and turned it off right away and let it air out, the water doesn't do any major damage
You are so smart, wrong, but smart. What you are talking about is pure water which is something that you are not going to get from a tap or bottle without reverse osmosis.

Tap and bottle water contains minerals and salts that can corrode after the water evaporates.

Again, nice try though.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 09:35 AM   #21
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Water is Oxygen with 2 Hydrogens = no minerals
I didn't realize he mentioned he spilled a cup of triple distilled water from a clean room environment onto his computer. I must have missed that.

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I didn't realize he mentioned he spilled a cup of triple distilled water from a clean room environment onto his computer. I must have missed that.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 10:02 AM   #23
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TRY THE FOLLOWING: (I MANAGED TO SAVE MY MACBOOK WITH THIS METHOD (even the keyword)):

1. SWITCH IT OFF IMMEDIATELY
2. TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN TO GET A MAXIMUM OF WATER OUT
3. IF YOU CAN, GET THE BATTERY OUT, IF YOU CANT (UNIBODY UNITS), JUST KEEP WITH THE FOLLOWING:
3. DON'T EVER TURN IT OFF AGAIN UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY DRY
4. TO GET IT COMPLETE DRY:

-FIRST AND FOREMOST: DONT EVER EVER GET IT NEAR a fire (the battery would explode)

-TAKE OUT THE LID AND WRAP THE COMPUTER IN A BLACK T-SHIRT OR BLACK CLOTH.

-LET IT DRY IT UNDER THE SUN (ALWAYS WRAPPED, DONT EXPOSE IT DIRECTLY)

-WHEN THERE IS NO SUN, KEEP DRYING IT AS FOLLOWS:

-GET A PILLOW CASE AND FILL IT WITH 3 KILOS OF RICE (RICE IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE DRYING AGENTS ON THE MARKET)

-PUT YOUR COMPUTER INSIDE THE PILLOW CASE WITH THE RICE (THE COMPUTER MUST ALWAYS BE WELL WRAPPED IN A CLOTH, OTHERWISE YOU'LL GROW A RICE FIELD IN THE CIRCUITS)

5. LET THE COMPUTER DRY COMPLETELY (ALLOW FOR THREE FULL DAYS).

6. WHEN THE COMPUTER IS COMPLETELY DRY, TURN IT ON AGAIN AND SEE HOW IT GOES.

HOPE IT HELPS
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 10:14 AM   #24
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Water is Oxygen with 2 Hydrogens = no minerals, if he spilled and turned it off right away and let it air out, the water doesn't do any major damage
I'd like to live in a place that has pure water with no minerals or chemicals in it...unfortunately that place does not exist in the US.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 10:43 AM   #25
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Ever tried putting your MacBook pro in rice? The rice absorbs the water and therefore dries your MacBook, and hey presto! Your MacBook is rid of water! (in your case I would suggest putting the MacBook pro upside down and open in the rice)
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