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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 3, 2013
Hi all,

I have a Macbook Pro that is a about 3 years old. A couple days ago, my daughter spilled a Sprite on the coffee table and some went under it. I was asleep at the time, so my husband tried to deal with it. Unfortunately he turned it off to clean the bottom of it and then started it back up, not knowing that it may cause some components to short out if there is still moisture inside. I think he may have turned it off and back on again multiple times (in Safe Mode) in an attempt to get it to work before I came in and realized the situation.

I shut down the Macbook and opened the bottom to find some moisture on the battery and what looked like a tiny tiny speck on the motherboard. I gently cleaned it, and left it to dry for a couple days.

Now when I start it up, it seems to come on normally (start up tune, light, movement of fan and parts, keyboard lights up) but the screen remains black. Safe Mode doesn't make a difference.

Is there anyway to salvage my poor baby? And if I must bring it in to the Apple store, any idea what it might cost me? Please help! :(

Thank you!

Thank you!
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macrumors newbie
Aug 4, 2013
have you tried connecting to an external monitor? maybe your video card is damaged.


macrumors Core
Nov 14, 2007
1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
Water damage is expensive as that usually means replacing the logic board (which is the most expensive part of the computer).

At this point, something shorted, what exactly, we can't tell. But your Mac has been damaged by the spill.
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