Gatorade got inside my macbook pro and wont turn on.

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  1. cgriffeyjr macrumors newbie

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    Earlier today I was sitting on by bed watching tv and drinking a gatorade, I screwed the top back on the bottle and sat it on the bed..I was checking my text messages and next thing you know I saw gatorade under my laptop on the side where usb ports are located..when I tilted it on its side to get everything out my laptop turned off and hasn't came on since..when I called apple they told me it may cost $900-$1200 to fix..any suggestions ?
     
  2. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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    Typically when you get liquid damage you dry it out for a couple days before you turned it on. But since it's not turning on now, not much you can do. I'd let it dry out and try again in a couple of days.
     
  3. cgriffeyjr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks..the only light that even came on when I tried was the button on the left side of the macbook....hopefully it eventually works I just bought it in January.
     
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Cut power - do not turn on no matter what. Try to remove battery - your warranty is likely toasted anyhow - so I'd open to disconnect the battery if it's a unibody.

    Buy some distilled water - and rinse it off - try not to get it into the HD - but anywhere there gatorade did - get a couple gallons, $0.99 a gallon = cheaper than your other options.

    After rinsing it out well - let it DRY FOR SEVERAL DAYS - water does not like to evaporate when there is no air flow - and laptops provide zero.

    Powering it on while still wet or damp is a guarantee you will kill it for good - but cleaning off the gatorade and letting it dry out before turning back on gives you some chance in hell...
     
  5. ratzzo macrumors 6502a

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    There is a home remedy to remove dampness and moisture that involves putting the 'liquified' object in a closed bag full of rice. It works very well, I guess you could try it, saved me a couple of times, and many others. Ideally, you'd be leaving it in there for two days or so. Make sure it's sealed. Good luck
     
  6. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Cannot emphasis enough the requirement to rinse out the gatorade BEFORE drying it out - dionized or distilled water rinse first, - shake / tip / blow out as much water as possible - then dry it.

    Don't normally link stuff - but why type it when it's already been done up.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-Laptop-from-Liquid-Damage
     
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    Can't you use very pure isoproply alcohol? It'll rins out the gatorade and help evaporate the water. Then dump into a bag of rice.

    I suggested that to my brother-in-law when he left his laptop under an open window in a rain storm. He didn't listen and tried turning the computer on. All he succeeded in doing was letting the smoke out of the inside of the computer.
     
  9. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Gatorade is loaded with electrolytes and salts that may not be soluble with IPA, and likely won't be touched by it. Granted, most consumer available IPA has some water mixed in, even so, I'd opt for the deionized / distilled water rinse above all.

    A good example of this is to dump some soda out and let it dry - try wiping the surface with pure IPA - it'll still be sticky afterward. Use some water, and the results will be different. I fear that if he uses alcohol alone, or just tries to dry this out, deposited electrolytes and salts will likely impede function on an electrical level, and sticky sugar will make mechanical parts stop functioning.
     
  10. cgriffeyjr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well guys I'm almost positive its dried..this happened at 11am this morning..i took off the bottom cover and saw sticky residue and wiped with a damp hand towel..most of the residue seemed to be on the battery.
     
  11. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    I am positive it is NOT dried. Unless you took this whole thing apart, and put it into a vacuum oven - there IS still moisture inside, under components, between boards, ect...

    I've had dozens of people make the same claim - and there were two results. Those who heeded the warning to let it dry out for a couple days (minimum), and those who purchased new laptops / ipods and phones because they turned them on with moisture still inside.

    Seriously though, best of luck to you either way!
     
  12. cgriffeyjr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks..I've never took apart my laptop all the way but looks like I'm gonna have too...thanks!
     
  13. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    The bag of rice bit works very well - and won't necessitate you tearing it down. The catch is it may work and turn on just fine - but the moisture inside will become acidic after being in contact with live electrical components - changing their value, damaging them and physically acid-etching through traces.

    The kicker is to most people "it works fine" for that period of time, until random things start cutting out, or strange behaviors stack up like blinking LEDS, or buzzing speakers, and then it finally dies for good. At this point, it's done for.
     
  14. cgriffeyjr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I just sit it in a bag of rice ?
     
  15. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, ideally somewhere warm, or where it'll get some sun (but not super hot) - rice is common to just about every home, as are plastic bags.

    Silica gel or other desiccant would work - but normal people (not me) tend not to have this kicking around. So rice does a good job sucking up moisture.

    The link I pasted isn't a spam page, and if you want more info, search MacRumors for the "rice trick" - or even Google.
     
  16. cgriffeyjr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So how long should it take ?
     
  17. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    In the unlikely event it works when you switch it back on in 2 or 3 days time (leave it as long as you can), immediately backup whatever isn't already backed up. Unless you are very lucky your MB is going to have a short life.
     
  18. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    its better to do the distilled rinse first to remove all the suger and other crap. Then use the 99.9% Isopropyl Alchohol. You can get stuff that pure at place like fryes it works wonders at cleaning stuff but try to keep it off your skin it REALLY and I mean REALLY dries them out.

    few days. Honestly since you tried to turn it on you could easily of fried it. Water is one thing but you got a sugary drink in there so chances are a lot worse something bad happened.
     
  19. cgriffeyjr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I sat it in the bag of rice over night ..and took it to the Apple store on campus this morning..within 20 minutes he had it booted up and told me, to save up for a new laptop because any type of spill cuts downs on the lifespan of a laptop.
     
  20. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Not necessarily true, if you followed the advice I gave earlier. However it would be smart to back up, just in case.

    At work I clean parts in a bath of detergent, then DI water - these contain CPUS, optics, power supplies and everything - none of those have failed from exposure to liquids. So liquid exposure = premature death is false. This is why I harped on about rinsing with DI water, remove the electrolytes, sugars and salts ect... once it dries, it'll be ok.
     
  21. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    In the cases you mention I'd be sure thats the truth.

    However, in the pragmatic case of what the guys atApple see, where its not usually de-ionized water but beer, cola, coffee or gatorade, a dime to a dollar they are right on the money.

    FWIW, its my understanding that once its dried out, without the electrolytes being flushed our first as you proposed, odds of removing the dried on stuff is going to be dramatically lowered.
     
  22. BAC5.2 macrumors regular

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    TDI - Could you use a soft-bristled brush and DI water to "scrub" the boards clear?

    It's generally not liquid itself that destroys electronics.
     
  23. cgriffeyjr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well so far my laptop has been working great!..I don't know what he did, but I'm taking lots of precautions to keep liquids away from my laptop..but I've ran into another problem..well my cousin has with her macbook. I'll discuss that in a new post. Thanks for you guys help though!
     

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