Macbook Air 2012-Sell or Repair?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by linniephil, May 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    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?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2006
    Mt Brook, AL
    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.
  3. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    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.
  4. macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    If you have homeowners or renters you might be able to make a claim for a replacement.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    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.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010
    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.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    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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