MacBook Pro got soaked while in backpack, any advice?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gc15, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. gc15 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    I had it charged completely up last night and I guess my bag has a hole in it, anyways long story short it won't turn on now or get a charge. I only tested it once to see if it would charge, but now I just have it upside down hoping any water falls out. What are some other options?
  2. tubeexperience, Jun 23, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2016

    tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    I don't understand why people attempt to turn or charge their laptops after getting them wet. How could this possibly end well?

    Anyway, you have to open it up, disassembled it, cleaned out the liquid and residual, and see if it works again.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    At completely soaked stage it's a case of disassembly and then drying the parts in silica or rice or something for a fair few days followed by rubbing off all visible corrosion with 100% alcohol, reassembly and hoping for a miracle....
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Unfortunately I'd say its probably toast. Maybe it was the very act of it getting soaked and shorting out, or the fact that you turned it on while still wet, but regardless. Something bad happened and your only option is to try to dry it out in the silica or rice as mentioned and then clean up the logic board with alcohol. This may be sufficient to resuscitate the mac back to life, but the odds are against you :(

    Good luck, its stinks no matter how it occurred.
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Drying the parts in silica or rice is useless. Just dry the parts with paper towel and then clean them with isopropyl alcohol.
  6. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Nothing else to add. Its toast. Be careful next time, and plan ahead
  7. gc15 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    Surprising enough the MacBook lived, with some damage of course. The battery is shot and will only turn on while plugged it so I was able to get a more recent backup. Overall I can't complain, I'm afraid the hard drive may have took some damage too, but I have a ssd just waiting to put it.

    Other than getting a battery and seeing how that goes, is there anything else I should be monitoring for?
  8. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
  9. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    I just read your recent post. If it works it works.
  10. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    But it won't last very long....
  11. MushroomMan macrumors member


    May 31, 2015
    At the very least I would pull of the rear panel (if it's non-retina - I don't know how the retina ones are structured) and inspect it.

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