My 15" 2010 MBP won't turn on!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Andybrad80, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Andybrad80 macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2014
    I have a 15" 2010 unibody macbook pro. The battery is fully charged and when the power cable is connected it has a BRIGHT green solid light. Absolutely nothing happens when I attempt to switch it on - no start up chimes or fans run etc, completely dead!
    It could potentially be water damaged as water was spilt next to it, but not on it, and was immediately dried off. On inspecting the motherboard there's no obvious "burnt out" components.

    I have tried the standard Apple trouble shooting which involves resetting the SMC and this had no effect.

    I have looked at similar problems for the model before mine (the one where you can easily remove the battery). Some people took out the battery, plugged the power cable in, then it turned on and it worked...maybe something to do with the motherboard needing to loose power??? So I was going to attempt this with my unibody Mac but annoyingly after getting the back off, I need a tri wing screwdriver to remove the battery, meh. So waiting for that to be delivered as I've tried a few shops and nobody seems to stock them :(

    Question: is it safe to turn on my mac with the battery removed and it just plugged via the power cable?

    Does anyone have any other suggestions beside taking it to a genius bar and spending cash?

  2. chrisperro macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2009
    just get a tini flat screwdriver and unscrew them, you can use plyers too and try to turn the head.
  3. aggiebradley macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2014

    hey! did you have any updates on this? I cannot for the life of me turn my 15" 2010 MBP on.
  4. macbook whisperer macrumors newbie

    macbook whisperer

    Feb 1, 2017
    Austin Texas
    What to do when you spill liquid on your Macbook Pro.
    Follow these 3 simple steps after a liquid spill on your MacBook Pro
    1. Power the MacBook down – Shut off the MacBook as soon as you discover that it has been exposed to liquid! The majority of spills occur when the MacBook is powered on and in use, so you must fight the urge to dry it off and continue working. Do not tilt or roll your MacBook while to get the liquid out while the unit is powered on.
    2. Unplug any accessories – This one is important, some devices send electrical current back to the Logic Board thus causing more damage. Additionally having any hole available so the the liquid can escape from is always a plus.
    3. Dry off any and all external liquid – While it will be nearly impossible for you to dry off any of the internal components so make sure you dry of the outside of your MacBook carefully. When drying of the outer parts of your MacBook, avoid rolling the MacBook around, doing so only cause the liquid to pitch and roll throughout the unit unnecessarily exposing more internal components to the liquid. Finally carefully flip the unit over keyboard side down and allow gravity handle the rest. This will direct the liquid away from the main logic board.
    4. Putting your MacBook in rice may give you a false sense of security. Putting your in rice after MacBook water damage has occurred is said (wish I knew said this nonsense) to dry up the water and prevent any additional damage. Rice does not benefit a water damaged MacBook in any way. My guess is that this was a tactic used service providers to deter people from attempting to power on the device after the spill, if your Mac is in a big bag of rice then your not trying to power it on. we all know that it takes every ounce of self control not try to power your Mac on every hour to see if it has come back to life. Remember trying to power on the Mac after the spill is a big NO NO!

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