Help! :( (spilled tea on MacBook)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by AliceBee, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. AliceBee macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    So, I know no-ones going to have any sympathy for me on this, and I am usually pretty good with my precious Macbook, but, I spilt tea over my it, not a huge amount, but it's done something, and I could use a little help, 'cause I'm not great with the technical side of things.
    The screen went off at first, it could be seen vaguely, like the brightness was turned nearly all the way down, when I pressed the 'on' button, I could hear the hard drive kick in, but still no screen, after having a complete cry fest, I used the hairdryer on it on the coolest setting for about five minutes, just going back and forth from the fans, to the ports and keyboard etc. Finally, the screen came on, but there is now an 'X' in the battery bar, it says 'No batteries available' and underneath it says 'Power Source: Power Adapter'
    When I first put the charger back in, the LED was flashing from orange to green, really fast, it's now settled to green, but I don't know what this means along with the 'X'.
    Right now besides the 'X' it seems to be as normal, but I've read other peoples stories about turning it off and taking the battery out, and leaving it upside down for day or so, and then it never turning back on.
    So, should I leave it on, while it appears to still be alive, or take the battery out and lie it upside down, to try and get the moisture out, if there is any.

    I would really appreciate any help you have on this, my Iphone died last week, and if my Macbook goes aswell, I will be completely, completely gutted.
    Thanks. :'(
  2. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    you should turn everything off, disconnect everything, remove the battery and start drying first and foremost, if you want to prevent and protect as much as possible.

    water can cause corrosion, while soda has something in it that can eat off i forgot what, so your not in the clear year, unless you really clean it out from the inside as best as you can.
  3. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    You probably did the most damage to your computer by turning it back on immediately.

    The best thing to do in a situation like that is to completely turn the computer off and attempt to drain the computer of the liquid by turning it upside down and allowing the liquid to completely drain out of the keyboard for a couple of days.

    Your computer is most likely toast now, I would try to have it serviced by Apple, but it won't be free.
  4. dojonate, Aug 18, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011

    dojonate macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Somewhere, over the rainbow
    I disagree, turning it upside down can be the worst thing, as it can cause the remaining moisture to spread/soak in. Like accessoriesguy said, take it apart and carefully wipe everything off with an anti-static cloth (don't worry about the hard drive, the Apple uses in their MacBooks are practically indestructible).

    If you're not technically minded, but you're brave, has a bazillion guides on how to take it apart. Just find your specific make/model of MacBook.

    If you're not that brave, the best thing you can do is take it into an authorized Apple repair specialist (Apple stores are best) and see how much it costs to fix it for you (if you still have AppleCare, I've had them fix mine for me for free, just cause I was honest about what happened).

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