Is my mbp toast?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by the suffering, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. the suffering macrumors newbie

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    Saturday night I spilled lemonade/vodka on the front of my late 2009 MacBook pro 13 while it was on. The screen shut off immediately and it powered off. I pulled the bottom off, took out the battery and wiped/blow dried on low/canned air to the best of my ability and left it upside down to dry for the last 4 days. Today I decided to give it a try. When I press the power button the fan spins, the optical drive makes noise, and I can hear the hard drive spinning. Also the MagSafe connector indicates its charging. The led indicator on the front stays a solid white. My problems :
    Nothing displays on the screen
    Keyboard backlight does not light up
    The apple startup sound does not occur.

    I have tried:
    Disconnecting keyboard cable
    Placing ram in both spots with two different sticks to swap out


    That said, what's the likelyhood that the logic board is fried? Is there anything more I can try to try breathing life into the laptop? I'd like to think since a lot of the typical things are working like the power button, led, hard drive, fan, etc that I just might have a chance of saving it. Any help is appreciated. For what its worth I have read a lot of the MacBook spill threads
     
  2. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    The only thing that MAY be able to heal it is time. Time to completely dry off. If it doesn't work in a week then at best you've got a good excuse to buy a nice new laptop.
     
  3. antseg macrumors member

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    Have you tried checking out this thread? There are a lot of helpful people there that might be of service to you.
     
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    the suffering thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I read over that and tried it but no beuno. My mbp is responsive minus the display and back light and seemingly lack of boot since I don't get the sound

    Lol I dont want an excuse for a new laptop. Wifey and I planned to start trying for a baby next month and she wants to get new baby shopping underway already. She is ok with me getting a new one if it can't be revived as she knows I love it and can't go back to windows. Besides I'd rather devote that much to the baby stuff anyway if I can.
     
  5. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to hear. :( If it was just vodka, you would be a lot luckier. Lemonade is one of the worst, as it is going to leave a residue.
     
  6. balk macrumors member

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    Wirelessly posted

    Vodka, gives you headaches ;-)
    Get a refurb if time doesn't help you?
     
  7. the suffering thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll probably just buy a used one on eBay. I don't really need the i5. If I can't get this one back working I'll probably sell it for parts/repair. Whats the worth? $300-500?

    Also if a replacement is needed can I just toss my old hard drive in the new one or is a reformat required?
     

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