MBP vs. liquid detergent!

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  1. thisisarcadia, Mar 14, 2011
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    thisisarcadia macrumors 6502

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    Last night I helped a friend take about his 13 MBP to clean it. He had spilt laundry detergent on it and it seeped through the entire back. Everything was wet with detergent. His battery, his super drive, his hard drive, his logic board and anything else you can think of was soaked. It had also seeped through the keyboard. We cleaned it out and made sure it was completely dry. I then asked him if he had tried to turn it on and he said yes. Apparently he hooked it up to the charger tried to turn it on about 4 times and heard a tiny crackling sound and when he first opened it up he saw bubbles on the logic board. Now I am thinking that even though we took it apart and cleaned it he did all the damage when he tried to turn it on and it is fried. He says he's gonna try and turn it on friday but I honestly think he broke it and there is no hope. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

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    exactly, any liquid damage and you should let it dry for a week minimum.
     
  3. thisisarcadia thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I kept telling him that and I definitely knew that was the last thing he wanted to hear.
     
  4. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    OMG. That thing is toast. No way will they take it back, nor should they.
     
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    Why was there laundry detergent near an open computer?
     
  6. thisisarcadia thread starter macrumors 6502

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    He was moving back to school after spring break and he had his MBP on the backseat and some clothes and laundry detergent by it. He didn't realized the detergent was open and when he made a turn I guess it spilt on it.
     
  7. thisisarcadia thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ha yea theres no way he could take it back plus his apple care expired. But i feel bad for him because it was all an accident!
     
  8. iZero macrumors regular

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    Man, that really does suck :( But hopefully he learned from it. Usually just takes one accident like that, to learn to keep your computers locked down in bags or some kind of protection, and to learn that liquids don't belong within 100 feet of them :p
     
  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    It's Apple's fault for not providing liquid detergent guards to it's customers.
     
  10. brentsg macrumors 68030

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    I think a big sticker on the palm rest would have prevented this.
     
  11. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Either that or some pre installed software could have warned him of the dangers.
     
  12. 548827 macrumors member

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    Oh no. Thats terrible... I can only imagine how he felt when he discovered that scene on his car seat.
     
  13. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Dang, that stinks... At this point maybe he can find a replacement logic board on eBay or Craigslist... That is an expensive lesson to learn though.
     
  14. thisisarcadia thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yea we looked up logic boards and they are extremely expensive, I think it would just be better to buy a whole new one.
     
  15. sdneidich macrumors member

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    This is why you have laptop insurance. Apple recommends this, and I recommend this.

    Contact your homeowners/renter's insurance provider if you have one, and tell them you want to schedule an item. It will cost you about an extra $20 a year for 0 deductible.

    Or, go to a website like Safeware ($120/year) or NSSI ($60/year) and get it, expect a 0-100 deductible.
     
  16. thisisarcadia thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea he definitely needs to do that.
     
  17. dime21 macrumors 6502

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    He hasn't heard of a laptop bag or case? A brand new two $thousand dollar machine and he tosses it on the back seat of the car with the laundry detergent?? Hopefully he's learned his lesson now. Sigh, kids these days are so careless.

    Here's what he should have done as soon as he identified the spill.
    1. fully disassemble the entire laptop according the ifixit guide.
    2. remove the battery, wipe it clean with a damp rag, and set it aside.
    3. Remove all other components, logic board, etc. wipe each of them clean with a damp rag.
    4. Let everything dry for at least 24 hours.
    5. reassemble and power on.
     
  18. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Ouch, water damage is one thing, but I can't imagine laundry detergent. That thing sounds like a goner..
     
  19. djpuma macrumors regular

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    Never turn your machine on after a spill.

    I spilled coffee on mine 2 weeks ago (17" i7 2010)
    I immediately shut it down and pulled the power cord, turned it upside down so the coffee will stay in the keyboard and not hit the logic board.

    I disassembled it and dried it out and reassembled it and fired it up.

    It worked fine for a day but then the 3 and e keys went out and so did the backlight.

    I bought a top case off of ebay and replaced the thing this weekend and it works beautifully now.

    Never again will I drink coffee near my machine or any liquid.

    I think your friends' laptop is toast if the water hit the logic board and apple will definitely see the white stickers that will turn red from water damage, they are all over the top case
     
  20. JudeMac macrumors newbie

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    I can't help but notice the complete lack of suggestions to make sure your HDD is backed up! As tragic as it is to have your laptop die (believe me, I know) it's even more tragic to lose everything on it. I don't care how your do it, but Back Up your Macs! Especially you laptop!!
     
  21. Miss Terri macrumors 6502

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    Bummer :(

    It's so hard to resist just trying to turn it on, but you really have to for the best chance at saving it. 'course that's beside the point now.

    Speaking of insurance: Any chance his (or parents - not sure of age here) homeowner's insurance might cover it? Might not hurt to check.

    For some potentially dangerous situations, I've found that a 2-gallon Zip-Loc heavy-duty freezer bag fits over the computer nicely (i.e. it's in my backpack but it's raining outside, etc.)

    MT
     
  22. Miss Terri macrumors 6502

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    Well true, but the OP was asking about whether there was any chance the computer might still be able to function after a liquid incident. He didn't mention or ask about any data loss or I bet people would have addressed that.
     

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