got water on my macbook!

arsenal07

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Jul 29, 2007
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my cat accidentally spilt my glass of water and some of it got onto my macbook, which was open and on. i wiped the water off and the laptop was still on and working. then suddenly the screen went black although i could still see the outlines of the windows on the screen: it was still on. i switched it off and tried turning it on again but it wouldnt turn on.
a friend said i should tilt the laptop so the water could drip out and i did this, although i tried to turn it on several more times (which i later found out i really shouldnt have done!!)
i'm not sure what to do now...how long should i leave it to dry? should i try turning it on again in a couple of hours?

please help!
 

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
If I were you, I'd get the battery out, get it into a position where any water can drain out, and put it somewhere warm (not hot) so it can gently dry. Give it a day or so.

It's quite likely you've already done some damage with your initial actions. Apple will repair it, I'm sure, but it'll cost you.
 

bingefeller

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Jun 25, 2007
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my cat accidentally spilt my glass of water and some of it got onto my macbook, which was open and on. i wiped the water off and the laptop was still on and working. then suddenly the screen went black although i could still see the outlines of the windows on the screen: it was still on. i switched it off and tried turning it on again but it wouldnt turn on.
a friend said i should tilt the laptop so the water could drip out and i did this, although i tried to turn it on several more times (which i later found out i really shouldnt have done!!)
i'm not sure what to do now...how long should i leave it to dry? should i try turning it on again in a couple of hours?

please help!
I'd get a hairdryer, hold it well back from the computer and blow air onto it for 5 minutes or so. If you have a hairdryer with a cool setting, that would probably be even better. Perhaps you should leave the computer for a day or so before turning it on again.
 

aethelbert

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Jun 1, 2007
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Leave it in that position for about a week. Take the battery out, too. Leaving it on after the incident and trying to turn it back on was a mistake that could cause problems, though. Your best bet is to leave it upside down for a week. Hopefully it will be able to dry out by then. At least it was just water and not some other liquid. Water is usually not as bad.
 

lamina

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Mar 9, 2006
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Leave it with the lid open in a sunny window for a day or two... just not too sunny, you don't want to damage it.

The hairdryer is a good option too. As you said, you REALLY shouldn't have tried turning it on while still wet. It's quite likely you've shorted something out.

Keep us updated on what happens!
 

arsenal07

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Jul 29, 2007
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does anyone have an estimate as to how much repairing it would cost?
i bought it a few months ago, does the guarantee not cover anything?
also, how much damage would there be after what i did?
 

maccam

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Feb 18, 2007
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Hmm... I here a lot of people do this, so I'm starting to think GOOD RIDDANCE, thats what you get for drinking water by your precious baby. SHEESH! :mad::eek:;):D
 

iperson

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Feb 23, 2007
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I wouldn't use a hair dryer or put it in a window in the sunshine. Instead, take the battery out and put it on top of your TV for a couple of days while it's on. If you have a crt TV. Works wonders with cel phones if you get them in time and don't try to turn them on.

I once spilt half a beer on my ibook. No exaggeration. I shut it off immediately, took the battery out, took the keyboard out, turned the keyboard upside down on a towel, and dried the stuff i could see in the computer with paper towels and q-tips. my keys got a bit dirty and I eventually had to pop them all off and clean the keyboard.

Never had a problem with that Ibook.
 

aquajet

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Feb 12, 2005
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When are people going to learn to keep liquids away from their equipment. :confused:

And yes, repeatedly trying to turn it back on while it was wet was the worst possible thing you could have done. Well, besides dumping it into a bathtub full of water, I suppose. ;)

Disconnect the power and battery, let it dry for a few days and try again. Hope for the best because the repair bill will not be cheap.
 

arsenal07

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Jul 29, 2007
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hey...
just tried turning the macbook on and it worked!! everything works perfectly...

thanks for all the advice though.
guess i was really lucky.
 

Osarkon

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Aug 30, 2006
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hey...
just tried turning the macbook on and it worked!! everything works perfectly...

thanks for all the advice though.
guess i was really lucky.
Very, very lucky.

I'd keep an eye on it anyway, it's entirely likely it'll conk out anytime soon.

But for now, at least it's working once again. :)