Ahhh! Spill!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bslax28, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. bslax28 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    So, I was sitting with a certain cocktail with my laptop watching tv, and someone bumped into me, proceeding to knock the cup in my hands and throw some of the cocktail onto the screen of my PB g4. I quickly tried to wipe it off, getting as much as ic ould. But some seems to have gone into the screen itself. In the hope that it would dry, I opted to forget about it till morning (probably a bad idea) and now half the screen is one shade and the rest is a little darker. Pleaase help!

    I searched this and didn't find any comparable results affecting only the screen. Everything else works just fine.
  2. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2005
    Apple wont cover this in a warenty and a drink just on the screen shouldnt do anything to the inner works. The drink probably just dyed the screen.

  3. lucface macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2005
    yah like he said, but i dont think its stained. the suger from the drink might have carmelized on the screen. if it feals smooth you might not notice that its above the screen and not inside it. try cleaning it again.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    [​IMG] + Laptop is an expensive repair. :(

    My brother destroyed a keyboard with a mixed drink and they are just two sheets of plastic with some traces printed on them seperated by a swiss cheesed plastic spacer.

    Really borked the keyboard, would hate to see what some of those drinks would do to an LCD. :eek:

    Water is safer than nothing, then the drinks that don't leave sticky or acid residues.
  5. jamdr macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Try everything you can to clean it off but if nothing seems to work, what I would do is call Apple and tell them that you woke up one morning to work on your PowerBook and the screen was all messed up. If it's still under warranty, they will almost certainly fix it for you. I know this isn't the most honest thing to do in the world, but if I just spent $2000 on a laptop and someone else messed it up, I would do anything I could to fix it. If it was my own fault, though, I would probably just live with it or pay to get it fixed. Good luck.
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Nice advice. I know this isn't the most honest thing but.... It's OK, someone else messed it up. :rolleyes:

    Wake up! Trying to scam a company into a warranty repair when you know it isn't covered just sucks, not to mention it's morally and ethically wrong. Things like that add a lot of cost to products.
  7. bslax28 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    I'm not going to scam Apple, it's my fault for being an idiot. I assume I'm just going to have to shell out the money to repair the screen. I tried to clean it some more to no avail. I also am sure it will cost a fortune, but does anyone know who fixes these kinds of things? Or can I just send it to Apple?
  8. Verto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2005
    Denton, TX
    Check for an authorized reseller/Apple Store, and tell them what happened. They could probably fix it, although you would have to pay for it.
  9. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Did you turn off the PowerBook and let it sit for awhile? In my experience most liquid problems come from either making the keys sticky or frying the computer while it's on. Usually if you turn the thing upside down on a towel, turn it off and leave it for a day or so, problems start to clear up. My brother once spilled a huge glass of milk on a playstation and it worked just fine after we let it air out for a few days. I don't know if that would work for a monitor, but it would be worth it to try.

    Good luck!
  10. bslax28 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    Thanks for the advice. It seems that it's fixing itself. Every day it shrinks ever so slightly. It is getting better at a pretty steady pace though, so hopefully the screen will go completely back to normal soon.

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