Water on my iBook!

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    suraj

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    My G4 iBook (12" 800mhz) got drenched in water (backpack, no sleeve, open waterbottle!) and since being dried off it will only boot up and I can hear the fan running but nothing appears on the screen.

    Where to start? Salvagable? Or done like dinner?

    Cheers,

    SJ
     
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    When did you spill the water on it? You should leave it off for at least 24 hours.
     
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    840quadra

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    Ja,

    Avoid turning it on until you are absolutely sure the board and internals are dry. If you turned it on with water inside, you may have caused enough damage already. :(
     
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    TodVader

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    water conducts electricity and shorts the circuits on the logic board. If you turned it on, you probably fried it.
     
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    suraj

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    It may have been slightly wet when I first tried to turn it on, so yes, it may be fried :(.

    If that is the case, would the fan being on and nothing showing on the LCD be a symptom of a fried board? What are my options to salvage the whole system, would I just need to replace the motherboard?
     
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    puckhead193

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    i would think its fried...looks like someone's going to start a thread "I got my new ibook today" ;)
    maybe just the screen got damage....
     
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    It's possible that it's still in working order. Remove the power and disassemble the iBook. Let everything dry for 72 hours. Rebuild the system and see if it still boots.
     
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    jiv3turkey748

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    i spilt water on my ibook once and it freaked out and quit workng
    but after it dried out it was fine
     
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    AvSRoCkCO1067

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    that sucks.








    (joking, I'm so sorry! I'd prolly die...)
     
  10. macrumors G3

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    when my iBook screen went out, it was because my nephew had gotten water on it. The thing that I had to replace was the inverter board.
    Maybe it's that? (the screen was black, but if I held a flashlight up to it, I could still see the screen)

    let it dry out for a while before anything though.
     
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    suraj

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    Thanks for all the advice, hopefully it makes it! It's the first Mac I've ever owned, since then I've purchased a Powermac G5, a few iPods, and a Powerbook, but my trusty iBook has priceless nostalgia attached to it.
     
  12. macrumors 65816

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    Sorry about that... I would take it apart and let it dry for a few days and then put it back together like a previous poster reccommended.
     
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    TodVader

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    The fuse in the power supply is set to a much higher amp capacity than the fuses on the logic board's electronics. It starts and all the electric parts work (fan, etc) but the electronics are probably fried.

    I feel your pain, accidents suck.

    Good luck and I sure hope I'm wrong but I fear I'm right.
     

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