Any insight on this damage?

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  1. CentralFC macrumors member

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    Hey guys. Quick question regarding my 2010 MBP.

    Went to turn it on this morning and it was dead/wouldn't take charge. Heard a faint sound coming from the charging port that obviously sounded wrong. Took the back off and came across some damage on the motherboard.

    Any ideas what's up? I pretty much know that it's done, but I guess I wanted some clarification. Also, my main concern is whether this will have any effect on my hard drive. That would be miserable.

    Thanks a lot guys!
     

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  2. Meister Suspended

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    That photo is a blurry mess.
    I quess some form of severe water damage.

    If its a magnetic harddrive, then the information can almost always be recovered.

    I think the hdd will still be ok, though.
     
  3. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    Yup looks like you spilt something in there OP
     
  4. CentralFC thread starter macrumors member

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    Many apologies for the blurry photo. When I took it, I assumed it was fine and disregarded it until I looked further.

    Could I sell the parts? Any comments on that?
     
  5. hamiltonDSi macrumors 65832

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    Yes.
    You can sell the unibody shell, superdrive, ram, display, trackpad and everything else that is not affected by the water. Also, there is a market for the keyboard keys. You can get some $$$ from that too.

    My bet is that the only thing destroyed by the water is the Logic Board.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Yeah of course, just list it on eBay as such.
     
  7. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502

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    for me, that looks like battery acid

    Since the spot is partially green, it could also come from battery acid.
    Make sure you check on the battery as well. Maybe your battery has been compromised. The real damage may comes from a shortened battery after a liquid spill has occurred.

    :apple:
     
  8. CentralFC thread starter macrumors member

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    Interesting points, guys. Thank you very much!
     
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  10. CentralFC thread starter macrumors member

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    What?
     
  11. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Pull the hard drive, make sure there's no corrosion on it, then put it into an external enclosure and see if you can read it on another system.

    In the words of Dr. McCoy - It's dead Jim.
     
  12. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    Although it does look terminal, you have nothing to lose trying to clean it with Isopropyl Alcohol.
    Give it a really good scrub with the alcohol using a toothbrush, use 'loads' of alcohol, making sure it also goes under the chips and other components. Then put it in a warm cupboard and let it dry for a couple of days.
    Then try to fire it up again.
    Like I say you have nothing to lose apart from about $20 for the alcohol and toothbrush.


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  13. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Nearly every time you see green corrosion like that it suggests that something is eating away at the copper in the parts and/or circuit board. If you clean it off and it starts working again, great, but don't expect it to have a long life; the damage has already been done.
     
  14. Imaginator macrumors regular

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    It looks like you spilled a blue Slurpee™ on it...
     
  15. CentralFC thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh, not a chance haha

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    Hard drive is in good shape. Damage was limited to one area. Pulled it and I'm getting a reader here soon to confirm that the hard drive is fine!
     
  16. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Lithium-ion batteries as used in laptops (and alkaline batteries, for that matter) do not have acid in them.
     
  17. CentralFC thread starter macrumors member

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    My last question for you guys, since you've done a phenomenal job thus far:

    What could I get out of this? The body is in near immaculate condition, the keys are fine, track pad is great, screen is great, and battery was in exceptional condition for being three years old. The only issue is the logic board, but if I sold it as a unit on eBay, any ideas as to what I would be able to get out of it (range wise)?

    Really appreciate the help everyone!
     
  18. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Selling it as a unit will almost certainly yield significantly less than carefully stripping it, and selling all working parts as such.
     

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