Milk spilt on MacBook

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  1. mrkamputee macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    Does anyone have advice here? My girlfriend spilt milk into the grill at the back of her macbook whilst it was on. Now, she took the battery out straight away, and tried to pour out any excess. We've dried it under a hair dryer and tried to power it on, with no success. Any advice?
     
  2. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I would've waited for at least a day if not more to turn it back on! Leave it alone for awhile, then come back to it. If it still doesn't turn on, you probably fried something inside or whatever else can happen when liquid goes into it.
     
  3. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like a trip to the Mac Store for an analysis, cleanup and repair to me.
     
  4. szsiddiq macrumors 6502

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    take it to the apple store, if u have one near u. they wont charge u for diagnostics, so atleast u can identify the problem
     
  5. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah it sounds as if something may have gotten fried!
     
  6. lmalave macrumors 68000

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    Well, it's too late now, but advice for the future: do *not* attempt to turn on an electronic device after you have gotten it wet. And attempting to dry it with a hot hair dryer sound to me like a BAD idea. At most, I would've pointed a fan at the affected area.

    The best thing to do is to let it sit for a couple of days. *Then* attempt to turn it on. What probably fried your computer (if not the hair dryer), was probably a short circuit when you attempted to turn on the computer.

    P.S. About 6 years ago I spilled some soda diretly on my Dell laptop. I let it sit for a couple of days, then it actually turned on and served me well for at least another year or two 'til it finally died. (my next computer purchase was a G3 iBook and I haven't looked back since...)
     
  7. joshwest macrumors 65816

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    yeah i had a friend that he had a bottle of water spilled on his loaded out powerbook 17" high resolution as soon as it was released he dropped close to 3 k on it. a week later the water incident happened then he set his laptop up with a hair dryer and had it pointed at it and he left for work and let it dry all night. by the time he got home from work, the keyboard had melted into the keyboard cavity. a little fyi dont sit the hair dryer to close to your soaked laptop
     
  8. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    That was really stupid. I know, not constructive, but I can't help myself.
     
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  10. kettle macrumors 65816

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    The thing about milk is pretty soon it's going to smell bad.
     
  11. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah thats true.......:D
     
  12. California macrumors 68040

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    I would rinse it thoroughly with distilled water. And then, wait a few days before you turn it on. If it were me, I'd also carefully take the case apart to expose all the elements to dry air. You've already voided your warranty, so what the heck. You might find out you just killled the hard drive (Hopefully) or damaged the ram sockets -- and that the logic board is fine.

    Apple will charge you through the nose for liquid damage, so you might as well try to clean out the milk and hope that stops anything from shorting after it dries.
     
  13. szsiddiq macrumors 6502

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    again, b4 u do ANYTHING just take it to the apple store
     
  14. ddekker macrumors regular

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    water damage

    Grab some cheerios and have at it...lol... no.. I was in electronic repair for 13 years and we will call it water damage (even though its milk) but lets just say that copper (in circuit boards) don't like water... so even if you get lucky enough for it to power back up odds are it will puke again inless you are willing to break it totaly down and scrub things with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol... unless your experienced I would shy away... then again depending on the model it may cost One Million Dollars to fix you might as well dig in..lol... (ohh yes a few years of my repair was in Marine electronics so I have seen about every kind of water damage there is)

    Good luck

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  15. daze macrumors 6502

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    That was really funny! Thanks for a good laugh! :)
     
  16. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    geezzz your friend was so lucky he didn't burn down the whole house!!! leaving a hair dryer on and leaving the house sort of baffles me (extremely so)
     
  17. clayj macrumors 604

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    Glad someone made this joke before I did.
     
  18. szsiddiq macrumors 6502

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    well if it were powering on, itd smell worse
     
  19. Rickay726 macrumors 6502

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  20. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    lol and then put a cow sticker on it or give it a cow paint job
     
  21. mrkamputee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :p

    I opened it up and had a quick inspection. There was no visible damage at all, and thankfully no smell. Doesn't seem like it was a lot of milk. The only thing I noticed, which suprised me, was: the top casing keyboard ribbon had come out and the display connector on the logic board wasn't attached. Bit odd.
     

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