heard the bad news

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BigJohno, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Well I took my MBP in to the Apple Store on Friday to get my track pad fixed. About a month ago my buddy spilled beer on my laptop. I managed to tip it on its side in time so some of the beer didn't make it inside. Well there was a little bit that mad it past the keys and trackpad. I cleaned it up and turned it on. It started fine but the clicker was sticky. Since then my clicker has progressively stopped working.

    So anyway I got a call today saying that it was going to be 1200 for the repair. They need to replace the logic board and top case. I just wanted to find out if this is a reasonable quote. I have already talked with my friend and I think he might try to get the money. Should I take the bullet and fork out the cash?

    Not sure if this is related. I installed SL when it came out and last week almost all my apps were crashing when I tried to save or edit a file. Would this be linked at all to the logic board?

    Thanks for the help,

  2. timb macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2003
    Could be the cause, yea. $1200 seems about right for the replacement.

    Condolences. :(
  3. Capt Crunch macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2001
    Washington, D.C.
    Jeez! $1200! Get a refurbed one and sell yours on ebay.
  4. m0no macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    That's what I would do.
  5. macgirl89 macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2009
    New York, USA
    Get it done by Apple, but I would have your friend pay for at least half of it... since he was the one who spilled the beer on it.
  6. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2009
    Your friend needs to pay for this. Make sure you get him saying he will in writing!
  7. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA

    And yeah, your friend who spilled the beer should at least contribute to the cost of the replacement.
  8. yanquis macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    there's no way any friendship in the world runs $1200 deep over some spilt beer. that said, this really sucks. he should definitely voluntarily contribute significantly to fixing the problem if he's remotely responsible + capable of doing so.

    and how exactly do you sell a busted computer on ebay?? (i know nothing of the site but surely that's illegal or pointless?)
  9. tooz macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
  10. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Yeah the only problem is that he is in Austria now till December. Im talking with him though and Im good friends with his parents. So if he doesnt fork over the cash then his parents will and he will just have to pay them back. What kills me is that the computer is only 3 months old. Oh well I should be getting it back from the repair depot. I didn't have them fix it yet because it still works some what.
  11. m0no macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    Why couldn't you? Just be upfront and honest about the damage and condition. Somebody may want it for parts or have parts available to fix it and in the end getting a macbook pro for cheap.

    There's also been macbooks on eBay that owners have sold thinking the macbook was dead or beyond repair that only needed a little maintenance. Again, getting a macbook for very cheap.
  12. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Why does the logic board need to be replaced? Does it still work?
  13. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2006
    Take it to an AUTHORIZED REPAIR CENTER, not the apple store. I can't see why you'd need a new topcase for this. Repair centers often charge less and can do single repairs instead of the apple store which has "tiered" repairs. I'm not convinced you need a new logic board either, but for $1200 I'd get a second opinion on this.
  14. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    Buy a new one and have him pay for it...
  15. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Why do you need a new logic board if the only problem is that the clicker sticks?
    When I get my oil changed I don't get a new engine.
  16. prodigee macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    That's exactly what I was thinking. But at the same time, if his apps are crashing and he isnt getting the same performance, I can't help but think that the logic board would be involved.

    Back to suggestions for the OP, I would EITHER, take it to an AUTHORIZED REPAIR CENTER, or sell it on eBay and then get a new one (by new I mean refurbed).
  17. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Normally I would say fix it yourself or get the parts online and have a capable person do it. Replacing a logic board and upper case is cake if you have the right tools and have ever dismantled a laptop in your life.

    But when I looked on ifixit.com I found that the parts come out to be the same as what Apple wants to charge you for repair. This tells me that Apple is actually charging you a fair price for the repair. Especially since they are not tacking on labor.

    Upper case ($300)

    Logic Board ($900)

    But yeah, I agree with everyone else. Your friend should be paying for it.
  18. xkRoWx macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2007
    If you have the time and patience, try dismantling the laptop and dip the whole entire logicboard and top case under isopropyl alcohol (the higher the purity, the better, 70% alcohol are usually diluted with distilled water). That should be able to lift any sticky substances which may causing shorts that affects your MBP's performance. Sounds outright crazy, but alcohol evaporates and dries up very quickly.

    While you're at it, scrub off any rust you see. That should eliminate any evidence of water damage. If it still doesn't work. take it back to Apple, they'll probably do something about it. :evil:
  19. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Not much you can do. Either sell it for parts and get another one, or pay the 1200 dollars.

    Though your friend should pay at least a fair amount of it as it is partially his fault...:(
  20. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I would never, ever pay $1200 to repair a MBP! It is not worth it. Buying a new computer from Apple's refurb site is a much better solution. At $1299 for the 15" late 2008 UMBP 2.4 it makes no sense to even consider a $1200 repair.

    Additionally, you would definitely get at least $300-500 for a mostly functional UMBP on ebay. Possibly even more. Your UMBP LED display assembly is worth more than that.

  21. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    are you KIDDING ME? They tried to charge me over $100 for a 120gb hard drive that I could have bough off of newegg for $50.

    I can buy an entire macbook for $1000, including Applecare, a battery, monitor, etc, so I don't understand how a single motherboard could cost almost as much.

    Keep in mind that the same company who is quoting you $1200 quoted me $1200 for repairs that would have cost me (if I did it myself, with parts off of ebay) less then $100.

    Highway robbery? yes. but if you're willing to do it officially, and pay that much, then that's how much it's "worth"
  22. SmugMac macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2009
    $1200 - :eek:

    Good think I don't drink beer or eat soup anywhere near my MacBook Pro.
    Expensive lesson.
  23. temetrepo macrumors member


    Oct 2, 2007
  24. bemiller777 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2009
    I had that same thing happen to me. I took it to my local apple certified repair shop and got it fixed for free....I believe they replaced the top case only. They told me they billed Apple $100.

    But I didnt tell them something was spilt on it :eek:
  25. nullx86 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2009
    Wilmington/Jacksonville, NC
    Sell the current one on ebay for parts, get your friend drunk and make him sign a document agreeing for him to pay half or more of the replacement cost and get yourself a refurb MBP.

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