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Old May 26, 2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Macbook Air 2012-Sell or Repair?

I splashed some wine on my 8 month old MBAIR. The Apple Store said there was liquid damage and it needed a motherboard. It turns on, the battery charges, it is picking up my emails but when I click on anything, the beachball spins, then goes away and I cannot open anything. Could it be something other than the motherboard? Should I get a second opinion? is it worth fixing, depending on what it is, or should I sell it for parts?
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Old May 26, 2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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Get a second opinion. The good folks at Apple have a tendency to replace the main parts and call it fixed. Quite often what they do is expeditious but unnecessary. PowerBook Medic is a good choice in my experience. Also, ask other Apple users you know if there is a local Apple specialist who could take a look at it for you.
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Old May 26, 2013, 06:31 PM   #3
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Have you tried a USB mouse to see if the issue is the trackpad? If a USB mouse works fine, it could be the trackpad or the logicboard where the trackpad connects.

Do note that liquid damaged machines can degrade over time.
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Old May 26, 2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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If you have homeowners or renters you might be able to make a claim for a replacement.
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Old May 27, 2013, 05:45 AM   #5
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My deductible is 1,000.

I put an ad on Kijiji yesterday for $400.00 -three people want to meet this morning to take a look at it. I don't know whether to take the money and run or roll the dice and repair if reasonable and hope it keeps working long term.
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Old May 30, 2013, 02:56 PM   #6
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Or.. sell it for what you can and get the new ones coming out with Haswell that supposedly has great graphics performance and battery life.
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Old Jun 1, 2013, 01:35 PM   #7
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I sold it for $400 and he emailed me after that he got it "up and running after a few tweaks"-whatever than means. I had second thoughts as to whether I should have repaired a very new computer-but you roll the dice-you never know if it will stop working down the road due to corrosion.
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