HELP!! i just spilled baileys on my power book!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jellyjelly, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. jellyjelly macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2005

    its ok, i sucked most of it out and put a hairdryer to it, its still working 4 hours later but a few of the keys are really sticky...

    what do i do?? will it die on me earlier now ive done that and how do i clean it??

    its not one of the old ones where you could take the keyboard out easily, its a fairly new one.


    jelly :)
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Turn it off. Don't use it for 24 hours.

    If possible, rinse some of the Baileys away with water, but only if you're confident you won't damage anything. :)
  3. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    take it all apart. Clean it as good as you can. Leave it along for 24 hrs then put it back toughter.
  4. ll350 macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2004
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Unless it is a really new one

    the keyboards aren't that hard to remove, just got to and select your powerbook, and then keyboard. I should show you how to take it apart.

    Also, if you are still running the powerbook you should turn it off.
    Take it apart as best you can, and scrub it with rubbing alcohol (Not drinking alcohol)

    Or you could rinse it with water like an earlier post suggested, but it you do that, you should probably leave it somewhere hot and dry for a few days, just to make sure all the water evaporates.
  5. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    This advice is from a co-worker so take it with a grain of salt:

    If you ever spill something on your laptop don't turn it off. The heat being produced by the laptop will evaporate the liquid in question. Turning it off increases the risk of the motherboard shorting out when it turns on again. If you can, turn it upside down (or whatever angle is appropriate) to get the liquid to drain off onto the floor). </end>

    Whether or not the above is accurate or works I can't say. My own advice would be to get it as dry as possible with a cloth and leave it on for a couple of days.

    Just be thankful it didn't short out when you spilled your drink - there's still hope left for your Powerbook.
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Do turn it off. If it's off, there's less chance of short circuiting the thing. Let it dry out through climate-induced evaporation or with a blow drier, but not from the heat of a running laptop. :)
  7. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    Yeah, not sure about that. I would think turning it off and letting it dry out would be far safer. A friend of mine spilled coffee on his two-day old, brand new Dell laptop.

    It turned off immediately, the motherboard shorted out.

    The more I see these threads the farther away I set anything resembling a liquid from my Powerbook (currently my drink is on an end table about four feet away from me).
  8. ruzzian macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2005
    Southsea, UK
    Haha!!! Brilliant!! At least it feels apart of the christmas spirit now, and you and your mac can stagger home together :p
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    *Pushes juice to edge of desk* :eek:

    Thanks for the reminder. :p
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Bull freaking tweet.
    What, the liquid is supposed to remain perfectly non-conductive while the machine is left on, AND evaporate instantly?? Magical thinking there...

    The damage comes from electricity shorting between two places, when it hadn't otta do that. Remove the source of electricity = remove the chance of damage.

    DO unplug it (not just turn it off - there is still power going inside the machine when off), pop the battery out (portables), and turn it upside down to minimize the chance of liquid draining further inside,

    Clean it the best you can, and then put it upside down in some warm but not hot place, like the top of the refrigerator, for at least 24 and better 48 hours. before reconnecting it to power.

    If it was something that leaves a residue, like sugared drinks, milk, etc., then you have the additional worry ofwhat the remaining residue will do to the machine. Dissassembly and cleaning with alcohol would be the thing, probably.
    Coke and other acidic drinks are even more of a problem because of the damage the acid can do, (Drop an old penny into some coke and see what the phosphoric acid in Coca Cola does to metal oxides.)
  11. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    Hah good one MacAficionado, you really do have to wonder though
  12. e²Studios macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Drain it in to a cup and add Kona coffee, mmmmmmmmm

    *runs out to Cost Plus to buy Kona coffee*

    I had a keyboard that i spilled vodka on once, i washed it out (dont recommend this with a laptop unless you detach the keyboard first) and let it dry for a week before plugging it in. Worked fine after that. Good Luck

  13. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    well if it acts weird you'll know why... your PB is a lightweight :D
  14. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005

    I have actually had nightmares about spilling a drink on my Powerbook. This was shortly after I bought it but the impression (along with these threads of thse poor people trying to clean up these spills) keeps my beverages far, far away from my laptop.
  15. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    If you get it turned off, unplugged and the battery out fast enough, usually you'll end up doing no harm if you let it dry long enough. Leave it to dry for as long as you can 2+ days is ideal, if you have another computer play it safe by just using that for 4-5 days. Take it apart only if you're confident you can manage could end up doing more harm than good if you don't know what you're doing.
  16. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Did he spill coffee on it to put the poor dell out of its misery? :p
  17. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005

    It is possible the "accident" was a subsconscious drive toward liberation.

    Sort of a like in Fight Club when "Jack/Tyler" blows up his own apartment. :D
  18. jellyjelly thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2005
    thanks you lot,

    and for the jokes

    we got pretty drunk and took things too far......

    its fine, but sticky underneath and i did take the letter x out and now it doesnt work very well so im not trying that again. someone told me about some cleaning hose thingy for lap tops and the like,

    my baby isnt perfect anymore............

    keep those drinks away from thirsty lappys

    have a good crimble and thanks again

    cheers jelly :)
  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    There is a Chance the Bailey's will kill the keyboard.

    It is not a clean alcohol like dropping Vodka into the machine.

    Bailey's, mixed drinks, and such may create a problem where the stuff they leave behind will destroy the keyboard traces in it gets into there.

    The best they do is create a sticky keyboard, the worst they do is corrode traces or make the pads non-functional.
  20. Deepdale macrumors 68000


    May 4, 2005
    New York
    A durable computer such as a PowerBook can not be considered drunk at least until the speech recognition feature is used and your words are badly slurred. Then it may warrant a trip to the Betty Ford Center's high-tech division.
  21. Sol macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    Reminds me of that film...

    I do not know about Baileys but in that 80s film Electric Dreams champagne was spilled on a computer and it brought the damn thing to life! Of course this led to all sorts of hilarious consequences, with the self-aware computer taking over the apartment and making life hell for the nerdy guy who spilled the drink in the first place. I am telling you, these days with all the CGI and Digital surround sound, film-makers have lost the art of story telling. How many wacky computer-becoming-self-aware-due-to-spilled-drink movies have we seen in the past decade? That's right, none. So when people spill Baileys on their PowerBooks no-one seems to know what to do any more.
  22. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2005
    i wish people would learn some comeon sense when it comes to liquids and electrics, the first reaction someone will have is to turn it on to see if its alright, This has to be the wosrt idea i know people that have dropped mobiles in water and let it dry and turned it on where as if they turned it on straigth away poof there goes a good mobile


    sorry about the caps
  23. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    Don't drink and compute! You were lucky this time.

    Glad to hear things are ok for now.
  24. oakdryad5 macrumors newbie


    May 5, 2005
    New Braunfels, TX
    This sounds like a good challenge for the mythbusters! Of course if they had to use a real power book it might be a depressing episode...

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