MacBook + Beer = OH S**T!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by maestrocasa, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. maestrocasa macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    Somewhere on the Buffalo National River
    Ok, so I'm reaching over and spill beer on my girlfriend's new black MacBook! It mostly landed on the palmrest and trackpad, but some hit the keyboard too. We immediately unplugged it, pulled the battery, and laid it upside down on some towels. It doesn't seem like too much spilled, and there's no beer running out from the keyboard. So, NOW WHAT???? :(:(
    *Do I wait a day or two for everything to dry and then start it back up?
    *Do I take it to a repair center and have them open and clean it?
    *Do I dare to open it up myself? I have some laptop hardware experience and tools (I've done memory, harddrive, and optical upgrades on my old PBG4)
    *Once it's open, then what? can I clean the inside of the keyboard and maybe motherboard too? with what?
    *does it matter what kind of beer it was? Kind of a mid-grade domestic (AmberBock). Would it be different if it was an import?

    Please tell me what to do quick!!!
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Leave it to dry out for at least 48 hours, preferably more. Do not take it in to a repair center or attempt to open it yourself.
  3. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    I'll be reassuring and say that you'll be 99% you'll be fine maestrocasa. I spilled a heap of beer on my Powerbook G4 and did exactly what you did and it all turned out fine (although the new keyboards might admit a bit more liquid). A guy at work did the same thing last week with his blackbook. I'd just make sure that it's 100% dry (I waited an agonising 48 hours) before switching her back on. I think the only thing pulling it apart will achieve is helping you access how much beer is in there and perhaps helping it dry more quickly.
    Good luck.

    p.s. you should also drink import. Asahi is actually good for you mac.
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You both should be ashamed of yourselves. Beer is for PCs. Macs drink wine.
  5. overcast macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Unfortunately, beer is not water. And it contains lots of sugar and everything in between. The contacts under the keypad and whatever else it seeped into are going to be coated with sticky crap. It may work after, but it needs to be cleaned.
  6. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006

    Macbook = student laptop
    students = beer

    :D :cool:
  7. PimpDaddy macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2007
    Be glad it wasn't Smirnoff Ice or something like that. That my friend... That is sticky stuff! ;)

    It's 4:50 AM here in Denmark, so don't pay attention to my post. I'm quite drunk(have been drinking al sorts of "import" beer all night :D )
  8. GavinTing macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2007
    And gin is for..?
  9. dap1215 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    Maybe water proof MacBooks should be next.. I mean there is at least 1 post per week about some1 spilling something on there MacBook.. Camo water proof macbooks!!! I'm gonna start a thread and rumor!! :D
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I highly suggest you open it up and clean it, or ask someone to open it up for you.
  11. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States

    Just shove a straw under the spacebar. You've now got yourself a computer that can ferment fresh beer (though it may taste funky - but who cares).

    Now, you can take a sip of nice warm beer every other line or so (if it doesn't ferment fast enough, just add more).

    Welcome to the club of Apple Mac Fermenters.

    A portable beer fermenter. What more could you ask for :D
  12. Mr. B macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    Um, my friend spilled beer onto her macbook.

    It still worked perfectly afterwards except for one BIG problem

    All the keys were sticky. Underneath I mean.

    So everytime she pressed a button they would stick a little bit.

    Drove her crazy.

    Definately try and clean it out if you can.
  13. maestrocasa thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    Somewhere on the Buffalo National River
    camo and waterproof? sign me up now. couple it with a high powered wireless transmitter and GPS, and I could sit in my tree stand and call-in missle attacks during deer season. way cooler than using a rifle or bow!!:D!!

    It's only been 12 hours, so I'm not going to start the MB yet. I don't know if I can stand to wait until monday night! sure hope it's ok. If it's sticky, I guess I'll take it in for a cleaning. Any idea on how much that might cost?? I sure hope I don't have to replace her machine. I blew all my money on my MBP!
  14. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!

    Cheap beer!
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Do not attempt to initiate sex.
  16. Kazak macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2007
    Forget about the blackbook... how much beer were you able to save?
  17. theman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    If the battery is out of it, fill the bathtub with water, and completely submerge the macbook in water and swish it around for a few minutes. Then let it dry for about 4 weeks. No sticky beer inside.
  18. grafikat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2003
    Ugh! that reminds me of the day I got a very nice SLR camera, only to have someone spill an entire Mountain Dew onto it. I hadn't even loaded the film yet. It never did work quite right, even after having it cleaned :mad:
  19. anothermacaddic macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007

    My powerbook g4 actually drank more coffee than I did on a regular basis. Never a usually just drained out the vents. However, my first blackbook had just a dribble spilled and whammo instant death. These 2 systems arent comparable durability wise in my opinion.
  20. Vuzie macrumors regular


    Jun 20, 2007
    Step 1: Get in Car
    Step 2: Go to nearest Apple Store
    Step 3: Find equivalent product
    Step 4: Wander store for "I'm sorry I didn't love your mac enough to give it protection before taking it for a drink" extras
    Step 5: Fish out your wallet....

    Oh.. and next time you want to buy the macbook a drink... make sure it has a n iSkin keyboard cover... something is better than nothing.
  21. emac82 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2007
    NB, Canada
    This is why I bought an Accidental coverage warranty on my mac..It was $50 more than AppleCare, but it's worth it!!!
  22. Martin C macrumors 6502a

    Martin C

    Nov 5, 2006
    New York City
    I'm planning on getting a MacBook Pro soon. Where did you get that warranty?
  23. Ninja Guidan macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2005

    Note to self...

    Put Macbook Pro away before having weekend cocktails.
  24. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I'd give a call to my home insurance to check whether it is covered, and I'd call Apple for advice what to do.

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