Is this possibly the worst thing I could have done?

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  1. revalationist macrumors member

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    So. Spilled about 1/3 of a small cup of whisky onto my MacBook's keyboard. I immediately held down the power and did the cold boot thing, wiped it up and put it upside down and left it for a while.
    Then, I plugged in the adaptor, light was on, so tried turning on the machine. The power light flashed for a second, then went out and now it won't turn on at all.

    I know this was a stupid thing to do, but is there still any hope?
     
  2. Hexiii macrumors 65816

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    Well, how long was the "while"?
     
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  4. revalationist thread starter macrumors member

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    Probably..er..12-16 hours...
     
  5. revalationist thread starter macrumors member

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    I will try that, but I'm assuming that if t doesn't turn on full stop, the damage is done. As I said, it was about 1/3 of a 7-10 cm cup of whisky. I really dont want to take it to the genius bar, because last time this happened, the queue was colossal and it took over 3 weeks and I didn't have it on holiday, but I will take it t the genius bar if it's needed. Will post back with results of cloth and rice bag.
     
  6. spravtek macrumors member

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    Not to bring you hope ... Or for that matter take it away either, just thinking ... Whisky is very sticky (or can be), it's possible the power button got stuck and it turned itself off ... And now it's maybe just stuck ...

    That's of course a big maybe ... Maybe some contact spray can help? Problem is getting it in between the keys properly maybe.

    My sympathies ...
     
  7. Hexiii macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, you should have waited longer..
     
  8. revalationist thread starter macrumors member

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    Couldnt find a bag, will a pillowcase work?
     
  9. deerfaced macrumors regular

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    ^ i would have thought so.

    And can you not make an appointment at the genius bar so you dont have to wait?
     
  10. nickbarbs macrumors regular

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    In the scale of life there are likely worse things you could have done but yeah, unfortunately i think this is pretty bad..

    Leave it off for longer or take it to the apple store and pay up..
     
  11. revalationist thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm currently staying with family, there's no Apple Store nearby
     
  12. revalationist thread starter macrumors member

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    How much rice, and should I have the lid closed or open?
     
  13. Serelus macrumors 6502a

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    Lol closed, and he already said submerge, meaning like dipping it under water, instead the water is rice.
     
  14. Serelus macrumors 6502a

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    That seems extremely unnecessary, why would he keep it open?
     
  15. revalationist thread starter macrumors member

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    how does the rice dry it out if it's closed?
     
  16. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    If this happened to me I would take it entirely apart, then rinse down spots that were covered with 95% isopropyl or distilled water. First I would get a strong light and magnifying spectacles/glass and examine it.
     
  17. revalationist thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a warranty; wouldn't taking it apart void it?
     
  18. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Closed is pointless. The liquid entered via keyboard, so logic dictates it can leave the same way. The more surface area covered the better.
     
  19. wethackrey macrumors 6502

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    Not any more than pouring whiskey into it. :)
    I'm pretty sure Apple's limited warranty excludes all kinds of whiskey. Except single malts of course. Anything from Speyside is perfectly OK. My personal favorite for spilling in my Mac is Balvenie 30.

    I've recently had the pleasure of recovering a MacBook my girlfriend spilled water in and a Blackberry that she dropped in the toilet. Twice. (Yeah, don't ask).

    In all three cases I put the powered-down devices in an oven at the lowest possible setting for about four hours. In our case that meant about 140 degrees F on a thermometer in the oven. I pulled the batteries on the Blackberries but that won't be an option for you.

    All devices worked when we powered them back up. The rice solution work also, but takes significantly longer. Note: While higher temperatures may accelerate the process, they also run the risk of incinerating your device. Not a huge loss if it's a Blackberry but you probably want to avoid melting your Mac.
     
  20. Dwhite78 macrumors regular

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    lol

    To the op. That sucks man, hope it works out for you.
     
  21. deerfaced macrumors regular

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    I don't think I could put any device I own in an oven... far too frightening.
     
  22. Dragoro macrumors 6502

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    Man, we see like 2 of these types of threads a week. Scary, sure hope it never happens to me : (
     
  23. katmeef macrumors 6502

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    ....

    How many times have you spilled whiskey in your Mac?
     
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    Friends don't let friends.....blog drunk.
     
  25. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    That's hilarious. Perhaps their problem is a bit more involved than we know. :D
     

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