Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 24, 2012, 06:15 AM   #1
Blackberryroid
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: /private/var/vm/
Symptoms of death - I need a diagnosis

My computer was running normally. Completely fine. It was treated normally*. I was using it for an hour then it flickered. The screen froze at one point, but the system was functional. I had to do a hard shutdown. I'm afraid to turn it on at this moment because I don't know what's wrong with it yet.

*Here's how I treated it:
  • Three drops. Minor drops. Not screen cracking type of drop. Happened months ago
  • "Water Spillage". I wiped my keyboard using a cloth filled with 70% solution Alcohol, but the keyboard was wet. I wiped it until it was dry. Happened 2 hours before the flickering incident.

Could it be a hardware problem (GPU/Logic Board)? Or a software one (EFI Software Update/Bugs)? When I booted up to Windows 8, the screen still flickers.

Model: MacBook Air Mid-2012, i7, 8 GB RAM
Blackberryroid is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24, 2012, 08:51 AM   #2
vampireszombies
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Texas
I don't think normal applies to 3 drops and a spill.
If the problem occurred after the spill, it was obviously the spill that caused it. Instead of immediately soaking up the water you drenched it with more liquids (wet wipe).

Edit: the "spill" was the wet wipe?
vampireszombies is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24, 2012, 10:45 AM   #3
barkmonster
macrumors 68020
 
barkmonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Lancashire
You've caused water damage then made it worse by using even more liquid and dropped it numerous times.

Not looking after ANY model of laptop is going to cause problems and they're problems you unfortunately can't blame anyone else for or likely resolve with the warranty because they're avoidable problems caused by your own clumsyness and the moisture sensors will show the cause isn't a hardware defect.

Last edited by barkmonster; Dec 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM.
barkmonster is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24, 2012, 01:15 PM   #4
blesscheese
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central CA
If any water gets into your MacBook, or you suspect any water has gotten into your MacBook, the steps are to:
a. immediately shut down, and then
b. remove all power
c. see if you can get water out.

To get the water out, I would hold upside down and dry with absorbant cloth to get out as much as possible. To get out any remaining moisture, I would also highly recommend the "sticking in rice" trick for *several days*. This will remove any last vestiges of moisture.

If you have water in your laptop, and you are running it, it is likely that it may short out, in which case, I would be afraid you have toasted the logic board.

Not to be too anal about these things, but if I drink around my computer, I try to have a keyboard protector on.
blesscheese is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
G4 1.25 iMac dying-Help w/diagnosis spork183 PowerPC Macs 2 Feb 12, 2013 08:24 AM
MBP: diagnosis? 86nji MacBook Pro 16 Jan 2, 2013 05:50 PM
White screen of death issue with strange symptoms, any help would be appreciated. azwillnj MacBook Pro 4 Nov 28, 2012 12:59 PM
PB G4 Display - Diagnosis? Veinticinco PowerPC Macs 4 Jul 16, 2012 01:04 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:41 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC