Got a free Macbook, but it had water spilled in it...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by goMac, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I managed to get a second hand Macbook for free that was "killed" by a water spill. At first, it would respond to nothing, battery wouldn't charge, and the power cord wouldn't light up, and no chime.

    I replaced the top case, and now the power is all working, and it will power up with a chime, but the screen never powers on, and the hard drive spins up, but the boot process never seems to start because the hard drive stays spinning but never clicks.

    If the logic board is damaged, I might as well scrap it, but it's chiming... are there any other possibilities?
  2. Mushi-shi macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2009
    Sveg, Sweden
    Did you try a external screen... might be the internal screen that is bad also.. :D
  3. goMac thread starter macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I actually managed to get it booting... First I booted it with an external display, from a cd, and I was getting video out. Then if I held down the power button when I was starting it up, it chimed, and I get video on the internal display too now.

    Everything is actually working, except for the internal HD. I swapped in a fresh HD, so it's not the HD itself. Disk Utility won't see the drive. ASP shows that it can find the SATA controller but not the drive on the other end. Ideas?

    Edit: Another symptom is when the HD is plugged in it takes a very long time to get past the initial gray screen.
  4. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Replace or reseat the ram.
  5. goMac thread starter macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    No dice.
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
  7. goMac thread starter macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Sadly, I don't have the hardware test cd.

    The logic board looks good, I'm almost wondering if the HD cable doesn't have a corroded end... On the end where it connects to the logic board some of the contacts seem to have a dark covering, is this normal?

    ASP being able to find the SATA controller is a good sign. I'm sure if it came down to it I could just boot it from an external drive and use it as a media center...

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