Mac Air Screen goes bust :(

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lvite, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. lvite macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2011
    Spilled on coffee on AIR :(
    Computer works but screen is almost 95% dark, I can see it all with a flashlight...

    What do I need to put light back into the Air?
    Does anyone know how to replace bulb?screen?where to look?what to do?

    Thanks a lot for advise...

  2. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    Keeping it off for starters, sealing it in a bag with dried rice for 48 hours sucks out the moisture. But since you are viewing it NOW, Apple Care ;).
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I don't think that you can replace just the LED backlight. AppleCare.
    I think that water damage is a flat rate repair, or at least it used to be.
  4. 1eyedwilli3 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    I'm an Apple tech.
    NO SUCH THING AS FLAT RATE LIQUID DAMAGE REPAIR. Its called you just voided your warranty,
    A flat rate repair is retail cost for your

    If you take it to an apple store and show it to them EVEN after you try there are liquid sensors inside the laptop that only a tech can get to. If they see any liquid sensor tripped you have just 100% void your entire apple care or one your limited warranty.

    DO NOT PUT IT IN RICE. As much you as see idiots doing this you are already TOO FAR GONE to try and get any sugar from the coffee off your logic board.

    You obviously blown multiple capacitors that control the voltage to the backlight.

    With a MBA there really isn't anything you can do besides buy a new one.

    A new logic board, which is what you will need, parts and labor is about $450-800.00 depending on the model/ ram configuration.

    Then you will need a new top case , parts and labor your looking at $150-300.00 depending on size and age of the MBA.

    New SSD (With MBA liquid spill apple will require you replace the SSD blade drive because it is technically part of the Logic board, but you would be charges separately. They will not warranty a new Logic board with an old SSD with a known liquid spill.
    And if it is an early MBA with a HHD with a ZIFF adapter, it should be fine if you can boot the machine with no issue.

    Last, a new battery, once again Apple will not warranty a new battery if the system has been victim on a liquid spill.
    This is not true for most models, but always in a Macbook Air.

    You might as well sell that on ebay , and let some self proclaimed wizard let him self think he can fix it, so just sell it.

    Then buy a new one. Thats pretty much all you can do.
  5. macbookpro45 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    pics? I'd like to see what's happening. I'm just curious :O
  6. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    Yeah! Get a new one!
  7. jsolares macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    Land of eternal Spring
    Didn't know the backlight was part of the logic borad :eek:
  8. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    That poster thinks the OP broke the parts of the logic board that control screen brightness.
  9. jenlevin macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    Sunny Florida
    you can try your luck @ the genius bar but they will most likely just give you a (very expensive) estimate of their repair.

    if you are lucky, it is just the inverter board (relatively cheap repair). and .maybe. the lcd as well, if it is splotchy. find a good mac repair shop in your area.

    if you do end up selling on ebay, you should be able to get a good bit for it - don't post a low buy it now. either run it on auction or start it with a too high buy it now and adjust as you see fit. there is a huge market for damaged macs, get your money.
  10. adammade macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    I say take it to Apple Care, don't mention the spillage and try your luck.

    Yeah there are moisture sensors inside but you might not have triggered them, usually these will change when the hardware has been submersed in water (i pod down the toilet)

    The worst that can happen is they say no.

    Then your next step would be E bay as spares.

    I type this whilst drinking a coffee over my air... I'm so on the edge.
  11. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    I can only imagine the language you used when the coffee hit your mba !

    In my experience when something like liquid ingression happens even when you attempt to repair the device it sometimes has failures down the line as a result.

    I agree with the suggestion to sell it as a breaker, or let it go to apple heaven, and purchase a new one.

    Lets hope you used time machine or a similar programme to back up your hard drive.

    Learning curve.

    Liquids + MBA = sad times.

    Take care.
  12. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    Apple Tech Guy - You are making your company look bad with the way you 'speak' to customers on the forums..

    'it's called you just voided your warranty'

    You should really either take some lessons in customer service, tact, proper writing - or alternately avoid discussing the fact you work for Apple as you represent them with everything you write, and frankly - you sound like the IT guy on Saturday Night Live... 'moooooove'

    To the OP, sorry this happened. I'd suggest contacting Apple. Be honest about what happened, there are liquid damage sensors (though there are ways around that were you to be 'shady' and they aren't exactly hard to get to).
  13. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Are you an Apple tech? I was under the impression that they made a point of not hiring douchebags.
  14. rhinosrcool, Sep 5, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011

    rhinosrcool macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    Sorry for your predicament. As much as I like Apple, I do wish that they had an accidental damage policy. Sure, it would cost a lot, but it would be a lot less than a new laptop.

    But, as a poster already noted, liquid damage is almost irreparable; most likely, even after repair, something will go wrong. For this reason, I have a Moshi keyboard protector. With it on, it's not impossible to get liquid into my air, but it's pretty hard.
  15. macbookpro45 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    accidental damage policy!? mac owners are perfect i tell you, perfect! we do not need accidental damage policies >=o!
  16. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    That's a little uncalled for....he presented the facts.
  17. Azathoth macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2009
    Apple Care doesn't cover accidents. And spilled coffee is easy to detect.

    *I* would try opening the whole thing up, cleaning with a mixture of distilled water and isopropanol and a ESD brush, followed by hairdrying. If the backlight is gone, then that means that *most* of the computer still works.

    Is it a post 2009 MBA - in that case the backlight is LED, and probably not high-voltage CCFL?
  18. fullojellybeans macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    $755 + tax in the USA for liquid damage repair on that machine. Warranty doesn't cover it. Sorry.
  19. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    if its not old try a Credit Card insurance, AMEX has 90 day coverage for accidental damage...

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