another idiot has spilled a drink on his new macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by motuben, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. motuben, Apr 17, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013

    motuben macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2013
    OK so I know there will be a few smartasses with the solution of don't put a drink near your laptop....but I was thirsty and I did...and I knocked it over.
    I immediately turned the power off as it stayed on. I then held it upside down to drain what I could. Then I used a hairdryer and left it overnight to dry more.
    Anyway, now we come to the part where it will power up but when booting it shuts down, or just switches off. I can get to the hardware screen by holding command+R and it tells me all hardware is running fine.
    Will not start in safe mode either.
    Any ideas?....apart from buying a new one, though I'm convinced this might be where I am headed

    *update. In hardware mode (command+R on bootup) it is now telling me:
    incorrect block count for file system.log (it should be 408 instead of 407)
    Invalid key length

    The computer is anew macbook pro retina 13"
  2. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    The usual suggestion is to put it in a big bag of rice, and leave it for a few days.

    Good luck..I hope you don't have to buy a new one.:D
  3. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    I recommend buying something like this for the future

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  4. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I wouldn't stop with that. Personally I would keep it off for several days and clean the insides with something non conductive like isopropyl prior to placing it back in service. These things can still corrode even after drying.
  5. Albuca macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2013
    Agreed! Big bag-O-rice is your best bet. Even though you hair dried it (not certain that was a good idea btw, heat and electronics don't mix all that well)...

    But while it's in the rice, I would wait for a couple other responses about the error code.

  6. fskywalker macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2009
    What were you drinking? Water? Cofee? Soda? They all can cause different cleaning challenges
  7. Rossatron macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2013
    in a ziplock bag inside a car's trunk
    well, CNET did a very approving review on this product:

    i should mention that i did not use it myself, just saw a video on CNET's youtube channel.

    hope this helps
  8. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    It suck`s, but it happens. Your options are limited; take it Apple, find a local Mac specialist to assess, clean and or replace, or DIY. Apple will be the most costly, equally it closes the loop. Personally I would go with a good independent Mac specialist, unless you have the skills required, and I am not just talking about taking it apart and putting it back together.

    If you are insured, if so claim ASAP. If you paid by CC you may find that you are covered by default.
  9. thinkpatience, Apr 18, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013

    thinkpatience macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Sorry to hear about that, its a gut wrenching feeling when it happens.

    Earlier this year, my younger brother spilled Coke all over my brand new macbook pro. Fortunately, it survived with very little damage, but I'm positive I don't have a warranty anymore.

    Anyways, I did some research after it happened to me and found these guys:

    now I didn't go for the service (didn't want to spend the money to fix a sticky key... at least for now), but I was seriously considering it. Heres the letter they sent me:

    My main concern was reinstating my warranty and in my case it would have cost $680.00, cheaper than a new Macbook Pro...

    Regardless, I have yet to do anything, it's working fine with external keyboard and mouse - but I'm still considering this option.

    Good luck!
  10. macman34 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2013
    What the guys said, I feel for you op, one of the hardest things to stomach these spills. Hope all works out and that you get a silicon cover then. Sadly apple does thin better and over anything else, so no hope of seeing a lenovo type keyboard drain in the future, so I guess the clumsier among us should never be without a keyboard condom.

    lol, and to think that the op actually even pre-empted smart alec responses. :D
  11. chrise2 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    I wish Apple would just offer accidental coverage insurance like Dell and Lenovo do. Its saved my butt so many times. I'm scared using a Mac all the time now. I spilled an entire cup of coffee into a one month old Dell laptop. Dell just mailed me a brand new laptop. Not even a refurb.

    I know you can get coverage from places like SquareTrade, but you have to mail your laptop away. Dell and Lenovo send a tech with the parts to your office.
  12. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Overnight is rarely sufficient. Impatiently powering on a wet device is likely to cause more damage.
  13. intothepolis macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2012
    You're screwed bro. Just suck it up and go buy a new one. Next time, use a sippy cup.
  14. tekksan macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    Have you tried just trying to re-install OS X?
  15. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    Another thread as to why I don't let anyone near my MBA with a cup of liquid. Apparently Macs don't react well to liquid.

    Also a keyboard cover might have helped.

    I seriously doubt the OP was SO parched dying of thirst that he/she could not have drank their beverage away from their $1600 laptop.
  16. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    The cup and a new macbook is in your future.
  17. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    By the point you turned it on after A DAY, you've made your mistake.
  18. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Well it's also a matter of convenience. If you work on your laptop 6-12 hours every day it's nice to have something to drink nearby. I always have a Coffee on my desk, although I try to keep it reasonably far away from my MBP.

    When I work in a coffee shop instead of at work or at home, it gets a bit more risky, and often one is also in danger of the neighbors coffee. Yet I'm not going to give up the convenience of being able to work anywhere I want just because an accident might happen.
  19. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Good one…. :apple:
  20. Mdwall macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
    It's silly to think an accident like this cant happen to anyone. It's also kind of prickish to make snide comments about it to people. Sure if you have a drink next to you it's always a possibility. But it's not a realistic assumption that people don't do it all the time. I just suggest you always have a cup with lid. Sure it may still spill some, but I'd wager not enough to cause a problem in that scenario. Also shut it down ASAP but that should be obvious.

    FWIW; the rice trick is always a good idea. Save my wife's camera when a coke spilled into her purse....long story.
  21. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Heat kills electronics, but a hairdryer is nowhere near the heat produced by the computer itself when running.
  22. PaulChowHK macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2011
    My boss have same problem with coffee. He try everything then bringing to apple. They telling him this biggest problem with laptops so you not the only one. They fixing it and everything fine to this day. :)
  23. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    When I was in the navy, everyone had coffee mugs like this:

    I think it might help!
  24. fskywalker macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2009
    Haven't seen one of those before, but looks pretty stable to me!
  25. Rocketpaul macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2012
    It also looks more difficult to clean

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