big problem- milshake spilled over macbook

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  1. taru91 macrumors regular

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    So accidentaly I spilled an ice cream with banana milkshake over the keyboard. Immediately I turned the macbook over and started cleaning it. What can I do once i turn it on to prevent anything from having a short circuit? Any ideas please :(
     
  2. Elven macrumors 6502a

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    Pwnt.

    First off dry bag, dry rice, leave it for a few days, don't turn it on yet, let it dry out moisture, problem is your shake will have had sugar in it which will dry to a sticky residue.

    At best I believe you may have a working Macbook but the keyboard may never be the same.
     
  3. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    Had you spilled water over it the answer to that would be shut your computer off and let it dry for a day or so. I'd clean it to the best of my ability, and let it dry out. Milkshake sounds bad though, since it doesn't evaporate easily at all and there's always the possibility of residue.

    Other than that there's not much you can do.

    EDIT: beat to the answer!
     
  4. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Milkshake+MacBook=Screwed

    Truth hurts!

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  5. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Before turning it on..... REMOVE THE BATTERY and dry it off properly! Try to clean the internals and the keyboard with water as well (Battery Removed and MB NOT plugged in). Dry off completely and by that I mean COMPLETELY!
     
  6. taru91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well the milkshake had no sugar it was home-made, but damn for sure my macbook's keyboard won't work. :( and then my dad won't buy me a new one because I broke it :S
     
  7. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Even after cleaning it, there will be a nasty residue. Your best bet, is Rubbing alcohol for trying to clean it. Rubbing alcohol doesn't leave a residue like water does.

    Don
     
  8. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Alcohols, Spirits are a strict no no!
    They will aim to corrode the Cu PCB layering!

    You should try to open it (Warranty already voided so no worries here) and rinse the PCB off with a brush dipped in water! HDD Optical Drive MUST NOT be in vicinity of Water at any time or you're doomed! Don NOT clog the HDD's breathing hole at any cost!
     
  9. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    I would debate you on the rubbing alcohol. I saved a Sony VAIO with it once, I spilled a can of coke on it, and tried water, didn't do a damn thing. I tried the rubbing alcohol and it saved my VAIO.

    Don
     
  10. taru91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i took off the battery and there's no milkshake in that area. Maybe the milkshake didn't went that far. once it spilled over the keyboard, like I said, I turned it upside down immediately . I'll search for some ways to open the keyboard and check for residues.
     
  11. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Maybe... but then I've heard this "strongly" that Macs and Alcohol/spirits dont go well at all! And then that was coke: Relative density ~ Water... so that was bound to fil! In this case.... since shake'll be much heavier than water, it should work well.... then why to take the risk?


    P.S.: Many people are noobs in this case and rub the pcb with its jnx connections very very hard with spirit which is obviously disastrous!
     
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    You may as well throw it away. Keep the LCD as a spare.
     
  13. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    True. The OP could try it , but rub very very gently.
    If any of the above methods don't work, I sadly have to say that iGary is correct. sell what sill works (IE monitor, top case, RAM might work might not) for scrap on eBay, use the money you get from that and get an old iBook, or save it and use to get a new MacBook when you get enough money.

    Don
     
  14. taru91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i just turned it on after drying it the most possible and cleaning all the residue i could. Any benchmarks or anything I could do to stress the CPU and see if it burns ?
     
  15. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Keep it running. If it dies it dies, if it lives it lives.

    Don
     
  16. taru91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the advice Don, I'll keep it running all day long. thanks guys at MR
     
  17. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Hope I didn't sound to callous. It's just a 50/50 situation, and If I had just brought it back from the dead like that, I wouldn't be doing any heavy lifting on it for a few days.


    Don
     
  18. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Take a big file and duplicate it. Trash the duplicate and in the menubar... Finder|Secure Empty Trash!

    P.S.: If its working then it'll work whether you tax it or not! The EFI performs a proper POST (pre on self test) to check if everything's fine or not! In 34% cases the system fails here!

    And 65% dont even start!

    The other 1% is you!:p

    Anyways.... crap stats! Just be happy that its working and DONT take it to Apple!
     
  19. taru91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I think my macbook is ALIVE :D

    I just did that stress test and it's working.

    One last thing, do you think apple will replace the case if it got to crack or the battery if it stopped working ? ( the battery wasn't touched by the milkshake)
     
  20. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    It's worth a try. You should be fine, as long as they don't check for water damage, and in that case I don't see why they would.


    Don
     
  21. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    No!

    And I was laughing when you asked me about battery! (Sorry but it was lol)

    However hard you fight what a spill has to do with casing.... they wont replace it! Also, they might not perform any services on it paid or free!!! They'll want you to get the whole thing fixed which generally means lots of cash!
     
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  23. taru91 thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh well, i should be glad that it survived, although the space bar is stickky :S
     
  24. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Dont worry! iFixit (www.ifixit.com) is great [and cheaper]!
     
  25. kcjonez macrumors newbie

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    Agreed with most spirits and alcohols, but being a laptop repair guy for many moons, denatured alcohol works really well on electronics. It does the job and evaporates fast and leaves little to no residue.
    Rubbing alcohol does leave a residue and will damage components.
     

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