Minor Soda Spill On Macbook Pro

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  1. Datomster21 macrumors newbie

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    (I don't know if this is the correct place to post this, if not, moving it to the appropropriate place is much appreciated.)

    Hi. Yesterday I spilled a small amount of soda on the left side of the keyboard (where the charger is). I quickly wiped it and turned it upside down and smacked some of the liquid out of the computer. I opened it up and DID NOT remove the battery because it did not get anywhere near the battery. It only got a small fraction on the top left. I opened it again today and saw that there is residue, should i clean this? if so, how?

    as soon as i spilled it the computer turned off. i tried charging my computer but it wouldn't charge. all i get is a small faint of green from the charger. any ideas or suggestions as to what i should do?
     
  2. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Depending on the value of the computer (i.e. 15" MBP and above), spend $100, go to an Apple Authorized Service Center and have them professionally disassemble and clean the laptop. The problem with soda is the sugar in it, which can overtime corrode the components. While it may be working now, it may suddenly turn off on you in the future.

    $100 will easily buy you piece of mind that that possibility is very unlikely to happen if you have the logic board cleaned of any soda. And consider it a lesson not to drink near your MBP (especially with anything that's not water as you wouldn't have to take quite so drastic measures).
     
  3. Datomster21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    its a 13inch and the problem is it has not turned on yet. my computer was completely dead and when i plugged it in i dropped the small amount of soda within the minute so im guessing its completely dead and the charger wont charge. i'm going to wait another day or so before tkaing it to the computer store

    are you able to clean it with rubbing alcohol? I read somewhere of other people doing that.
     
  4. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    Why risk makng it worse? Just go have it checked by people knowing what they are doing. You might save your computer for $100, or might just make it worthless by trying to do this yourself. IMHO, unless you know exactly what you are doing inside there, have someone else look at it.
     
  5. Datomster21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK. Should I do it immediately or wait another day? (The atrocious incident occurred yesterday.)
     
  6. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    i'd suggest never eating or drinking near any sensitive, expensive, electronic devices. make it a rule and follow it religiously. i have seen and heard so many horror stories. the tiny amount of inconvenience is far outweighed by peace of mind.

    along with this rule, i recommend getting insurance through your insurance provider. it is relatively inexpensive and will cover accidents.

    if something happens (even if you are careful, you never know) turn off and unplug the computer immediately. it sounds like your computer did this for you, and that isn't good news. i wouldn't make it worse by messing around with it yourself. just take it into Apple. i don't think it matters if you wait another day or not. the damage is done.
     
  7. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    If it were my machine I would NOT even turn it on. I would just bring it in and have it checked before any further damage could occur. But that is me. I have read way too many stories of people spilling liquids, and turning the machine on only to see it start and then poof, gone.
     

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