Monster drink leaked in bag onto MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ttveldman, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    #1
    When I was driving to work, and parked my car, i've noticed a can of monster energy leaked and some got onto my MBA.
    First i I thought it was okay because nothing got insided and everything was working well. But after 10 minutes on the right side of the screen about 15% of the total screen was covered in grey and stripes. After that point i shutted it down and made it a bit dry again and reversed it, into a '' A'' position. What can I do, except by not turning it on for 1/2 days.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #2
    Stop drinking Monster - it's bad for your teeth!
     
  3. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010
    #3
    It might make the MBA run faster!

    ----------

    I am afraid even if it dried out there is still residue from the drink that will be stuck on the innards.

    If you are under warranty try talking to Apple nicely and see if they will replace the screen... or if your credit card has any accidental insurance for purchases.

    You might have to actually open the internals and clean the logic board etc with a screen replacement. If you can do it by looking at iFixit great. Else have some qualified technician do it for you.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

    RedCroissant

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    Location:
    California
    #4
    You're pretty much going to have to get a new one. Monster, red bull, and other drinks like that over time destroy the innards. You will have some operability for a while, but you won't get it cleaned up enough to save it. The reason I say this is because the main reason for computer repair/trashing on my campus is due to drinks like those being spilled on them.

    I hope your case is different and I wish you luck, but I honestly think you will have to replace the computer.
     
  5. macrumors 603

    blueroom

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    #5
    Based on your description, it's a goner. If you bought it with a CC or have homeowners insurance one of those may cover accidental damage.
    Hope you had it backed up.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    mankar4

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2007
    Location:
    USA
    #6
    I have no experience with this, but (since it seems you don't have much to lose), you could dissect the computer part by part (ifixit style) and soak/scrub (gently, with your finger) everything down with mineral oil, and then reassemble it. If nothing else, it would be fun to take apart.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    #7
    Thats a tough situation. I can't think of many things WORSE than a sugary, acidic, sticky Monster drink to destroy an Air.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

    53x12

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    #8
    Eek, I'm sorry to hear that. Really is sad. Did you have a drink inside your computer bag? If so, that is a big no-no. ;)
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    #9
    Sugar is the most horrible thing you can get into a computer, especially into the keyboard.

    I once spilled beer onto my MBA, the keyboard became really sticky (beer has sugar??!?). Luckily I was within 14 days of the return period so I returned it. The sales rep did not smell the strong odor of alcohol.
     
  10. macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    #10
    Although if it can run, despite the screen mess, he can still back it up, which should be priority one. Then worry about seeing if it can be fixed.
     
  11. macrumors 68000

    53x12

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    #11
  12. macrumors 68020

    RedCroissant

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    Location:
    California
    #12
    I agree with that. download CCC and then send the OS to an external would be my advice.
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    #13
  14. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2012
    Location:
    Virginia, USA
    #14
    That stuff is not only bad for your health, it's death for your computer. A pretty clear "keep away" message.
     
  15. macrumors 603

    blueroom

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    #15
    I wish all computers would sing "Daisy" when they're liquid damaged. Just like HAL 9000.
     
  16. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    #16
    Nice way to saddle someone else with your mistake. Classy.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    #17
    They don't track returns like that. There is little way to tell who took it or where and when the damage happened.

    If they did track it like that, they would've charged the credit card I used to pay for it. The machine gets inspected and sold as refurbished, or thrown away like in this case.
     
  18. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    #18
    You really don't get it? Even if Apple just threw it away, YOU ruined it. Why is it OK to have Apple carry the cost for your mistake?
     
  19. macrumors 68000

    53x12

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    #19
    Well, I doubt Apple will miss the money. ;)
     
  20. macrumors 603

    blueroom

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    #20
    Doesn't make it right.
     
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    #21
    Sorry to break it to you but I did not ask for your ethical opinion nor do I care for it.
     
  22. macrumors 68020

    RedCroissant

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    Location:
    California
    #22
    Do you really expect someone that is obviously happy about getting away with what is essentially theft to suddenly reconsider their position? Even if they did start to question their actions, there's no way that they're going to call up Apple and say, "oh and by the way, that computer I brought back...yeah I spilled beer on it and thought it would be ok to just not tell anyone about it. Why? Well, I figured Apple had enough money already and I felt entitled to a replacement."
     
  23. Xgm541, Jan 15, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 16, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    #23
    I returned the macbook, its not my fault they took it back.

    Its the salesrep's fault. And the fact that he was working there is his manager's fault. The fact that the manager was working there that lead him to hire the guy who accepted my macbook is the fault of someone in corporate. In the end it's apple's fault for being irresponsible enough to hire people who check what customers return.

    If we want to play the blame game and all.
     
  24. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010
    #24
    But once they find out, you will have ruined the return policy for everyone, including you.
     
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    #25
    Doubt it. None of the liquid got on the display. Those go for like $500, still more than it costs apple to produce that macbook.
     

Share This Page