If you spill anything into your Laptop!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CuteGothTech, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. CuteGothTech macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2006
    These 2 things you must do right away, taking away power sources helps to keep from potentially shorting out any hardware.
    #3 Get it to a service center immediately to have it accessed!
    You must do this within the first few hours and make sure to let the service center know it was spilled in, and if there is an expedite option USE IT!
    The faster a tech can get it apart, the less chance the liquid has of corroding parts.
    You must make sure you have all the information, i.e. what was spilled on it, where, how much, and if it could have been splashed on the display panel, you also need to let them know wether you turned it on or not. Even turning it on for a second after a spill to see if it works is asking for a short to occur.
    You have to make sure you tell them what was spilled on it. If it's something with sugar, alcohol won't always completely clean it and it can cause corrusion later on. Simple things may be replaced to make sure complete funtionality can be contained. I.e. Dc-in board, keyboard, and any other inexpensive part that could have potentially been damaged.

    Remember, keep drinks away from your laptop and make sure you follow these steps if accidents happen!

    Keep your hard drive backed up and have a nice day!:) :(
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
  3. CuteGothTech thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2006
    Not me, no. Note my name. I just have seen what damage water can do after so little as an hour or so. Nothing like seeing a fried out logic board in a 17" ($850 plus labor) to make you understand how fast someone should move to get it cleaned and dried after a spill.
  4. xPismo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    So who is using their powerbook / macbook after they drop a large coffee into it? :rolleyes: Honestly, I've dropped liquids into every single laptop I have owned.

    Luckily <knock on wood> I've been very lucky. I do shutdown immediately and then take it apart and clean everything (I mean everything) I can with appropriate cleaning solutions - generally contact cleaner - and once its dry, put it all back together.

    Fire it up and keep working. After I run a 100% backup anway.
  5. CuteGothTech thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2006
    There you go then, you did all the steps that I mentioned above. (except taking it in to be serviced, but then, you're never supposed to recommend a consumer do that if you know what I mean ;).)
  6. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i once accidentally spilled a full glass of water into my ibm thinkpad R32 when the machine is on. what i did was i put reversed the laptop and lifted it high and the water showered out like the waterfall. the machine and windows are still on! i forced powered out the notebook and took the battery out. after 2 days i turned it back on and it was running normally. damn this ibm machine is a beast! after that incident, i sold the machine out. there was no complain call from the buyer until today lol. it was 2 years ago.
  7. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    In my seven years of using laptops, never spilled anything on it. Its now harder because if I do spill somethings, its going to get on the external keyboard or the tablet and not the laptop since its on a iCurve.
  8. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    You can wash electronics with pure water.

    Its all the dissolved salts and sugars that cause the damage.
  9. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    I spill **** on my computers sometimes. Once, I spilled an entire, freshly poured bowl of Froot Loops on an old PC. Milk and loops went everywhere. This was a really, really old Compaq that I didn't want anymore so I figured I'd let it destroy itself for my amusement, but it kept running like normal. If this had happened to my PowerBook, I bet I couldn't shut it down fast enough... :rolleyes:
  10. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Another simple recomendation, turn the machine over and let the liquid drain out.

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