Is my mbp toast?

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

  1. the suffering macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    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

    Jul 28, 2011
    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

    Mar 10, 2012
    New Jersey
    Have you tried checking out this thread? There are a lot of helpful people there that might be of service to you.
  4. the suffering, Mar 28, 2012
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    the suffering thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    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


    Dec 11, 2010
    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

    Mar 5, 2008
    Wirelessly posted

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

    Mar 28, 2012
    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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