Help! Olive Oil Spill

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  1. mburgess macrumors newbie

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    So this morning I had my MacBook Pro in the kitchen with me to follow a recipe, and my awesome coordination caused me to set down a bottle of olive oil unsteadily, which spilled straight onto my laptop keyboard.
    This was a couple of hours ago and the computer seems to be working fine, but the keyboard is getting more and more difficult to use. This is especially problematic considering how much time I spend writing.
    I don't know much about computers, especially macs. This keyboard is inlaid to the computer and I am afraid I have no idea how to take it apart (nor would I really want to risk screwing things up worse). Is there anything I can do to help my keyboard?
    Any advice would be amazing.

    Thanks!

    (Also--I've already gone ahead and bought a keyboard cover...never letting this happen again!)
     
  2. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    The keys just pop off with a small amount of force applied with a flat head screw driver or similar tool. Take off the affected keys and use a q-tip with rubbing alcohol to clean the key and then clean where the key goes. The keys just pop back in place with a bit of downward force. Its really pretty easy.

    Here is a youtube video showing the procedure
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSpPlMdGvVI
     
  3. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    If you were smart you'd shut your computer off and remove the battery (if possible) for a few days. You're likely already looking at warranty-ending internal damage...
     
  4. mburgess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Should I do that now or is it too late?
     
  5. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Probably too late, but if the MacBook is still running, it might not be to prevent it doing any logic board damage. Your real issue is going to be getting the oil out of the chassis. And if you ever have to go in for warranty issues, Apple will see all that crap inside your laptop in a heartbeat. This is what recipe books are for...
     
  6. mburgess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, well I turned it off for now anyways, although I don't think I have the proper equipment to remove the battery.
    Yes, but books are expensive, and online recipes are free, and when you are a college student like me, that is the best you can hope for. I should have kept my computer somewhere else though, I feel very stupid.
    What do you mean by chassis? Is there anything I can do?
     
  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Unscrew your bottom of MBP and just pop the battery connector off.
    Like how you would when you put optibay in.
     
  8. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Printed paper is cheaper than all of those...chassis is the body of the laptop...internal frame, etc.
     
  9. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular

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    At least oil is a terrible conductor of electricity.
     
  10. mburgess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, the internet has let me rest assure of that. People also apparently use it to cool down their computers?
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    That's terrible. Maybe the next purchase should be the iPad and a Belkin cabinet mount. My perfect kitchen companion. I think your laptop needs a good cleaning and some finger crossing.
     
  12. iLukeJoseph macrumors 6502

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    Sorry abut what happened. Reminded me about my wife this past weekend. She had her 5 month old MBA that I bought her in the kitchen doing the same thing. As soon as I saw that, I grabbed her MBA and put it on the kitchen table. Which is only a few feet away.

    Sometimes taking that extra step. Is worth not risking an expensive accident.
     
  13. SideStepSociety macrumors 6502

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    Nope, it's dinner! :D
     
  14. Cwbh10 macrumors newbie

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    Since this is oil and not water, I would assume with confidence that it didn't conduct electricity. If I were you I would open up the computer from the bottomand get a lot of compressed air (not the canned stuff, it's bad for you and the environment) and try to blow all the oil out of the computer. You should also look up where your LSIs are on your mac and try to avoid them, because I don't know wether or not oil will trip those as well....


    Good luck though!
     
  15. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Not sure if this was mentioned, but you can try wiping as much oil as possible out, then using rubbing alcohol to grab whats left. We use rubbing alcohol a lot at work for cleanings like this and it seems to work well. Don't douse it or anything, just a dab on a cloth should do.
     
  16. mburgess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you really think I can blow the oil off? It's pretty hard just to wipe it off as it is...
    Also, sorry if this sounds dumb, but what are LSIs?

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    Thanks. Someone earlier suggested I could do that underneath the keys with a q-tip if I pull them up. Do you think that is a good idea as well? I've pulled keys off before...on an old hp laptop I had, but I never could quite get them back on right. In fact, I accidentally sucked the R key up with a vacuum cleaner later and was never able to retrieve it.

    ...Yea, I basically fail at technology.
     
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    Well, not exactly in the way you did it.... :)
     
  19. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Olive oil? Really? Source?
     
  20. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

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    Olive oil spill? QUICKLY: add some oregano! hmmm... perhaps some paprika? damn, I'm hungry now! Mind if I take a bite at your MBP?
     
  21. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Just remove the keysas mentioned above and start cleaning out the oil ASAP. You are lucky that it's oil and not a very conductive substance and probably won't cause short circuiting - just get it cleaned.

    LSI - liquid submergence indicator. There are several of these to indicate to Apple whether liquid has entered the system.
     
  22. Xikum macrumors 6502

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    Its a triglyceride. How could it possibly be a good conductor of electricity?
     
  23. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    Coke is probably much worse.
     
  24. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    1. Olive oil does not contain a single triglyceride, it contains a mixture of triglycerides.
    2. Olive oil contains water:
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260877412000489

    It must be just a conductor, not a good conductor.
     

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