Small Amount of Coffee Spilled

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tweakster22, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Tweakster22 macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    Yesterday at around 3 PM i spilled a small amount of slightly sweetened coffee onto the upper left corner of my new 15 " Macbook Pro. The coffee barely got onto the keys and the speaker, but pretty much drenched all of the ports on the left side. The notebook immediately turned off, and in panic mode i tried switching it back on to see if any serious damage had been done. The notebook turned on, but the screen was blank. While i was wiping off the excess on the outer case, i realized this was a dumb move to make (because it probably shorted something) so i turned it off after a minute or so. I took it home and unscrewed the back case, there was very little coffee on what i think is the upper right hand side (when overturned) of the logic board, so i soaked it up as best i could, blew on it for around an hour, and set it on its side with a pretty hot lamp shining on it overnight. I put it back together this morning more than half expecting for it to just not work, but to my surprise it seems to be working fine. No keys are sticking, the battery is charging well, and on the internet with it right now.

    The problem is that there was a what looked to be a little bit of a singe on one of the black rectangular transistor prongs. The melted metal easily blew away and most of the prongs are still attached. also, i haven't taken out the logic board to see what kind of damage (if any) has been done to the hidden side (not the side that shows when you take off the back case). I'm planning on doing this as soon as i can get a torx driver. I guess what I want to know is if i should take my chances with bringing it in to the apple store to see what the real damage is even though it still works, or if i should just hold out and use it till it breaks. Any suggestions?
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    Well you trying to turn on the computer to "check for damage" was probably the thing that cause the damage to the computer. It shut itself off for a reason, and it should have been left off for a couple of days minimum to avoid short circuiting it.
  3. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    Another spilled liquid thread.

    Get a copy of TechTools Deluxe (3.1.3), scan the computer. If it's good, keep going and hope for the best. If it's not, take it to Apple and find out what it would cost to fix it (it will be very expensive).
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Coffee, sugar. All of that is bad news for your computer. Take it to an authorized Apple service center or the Genius bar and have them look it. It sounds like your hosed.
  5. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    If it's working, taking it to Apple is kind of pointless. Take it to Apple if it stops working. THEN he can find out he's hosed for sure.
  6. DaReaper macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2008
    I agree dont take it in unless it stops working again..
  7. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    Ick yeah, when you spill something on electronics DON'T turn it on or use a hairdryer on it.

    Turn if off, remove battery if possible and throw it in some rice but don't turn it on for a few days. One drops of water in the right (er wrong) spot and you're item is dead.
  8. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    if liquid spills on it, adding electricity to it is not good. Rice works very well for absorbing liquid. I haven't taken apart my MBP, so i cannot say if the logicboard is easy to isolate from the case to place into a bowl of rice (if that is even a good idea, I know it works on an iPhone, but not from first hand experience).

    That is why when i have my cup (or pot) of joe, I always place it on the other end of the desk, where my computer is not. There is also always a notebook (notepad) in between the "path" of the MBP and coffee (or whatever i am drinking). Hope it all works out for you..
  9. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    Yea, like once a week!

    A. Accidentally spilled liquid onto Macbook pro.

    B. Turned it an to see if it works.

    C. Machine started smoking and is now dead.

    D. What do I do now?
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I recommended that they make a sticky but alas that seemed to get shot down.
  11. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    Replace it with a laptop that has water-resistance! :D Is it really that hard to make a laptop resistant to accidental coffee spills? If this problem is really being reported once a week, this should indicate that something needs to be done to prevent this problem. Putting a cordon around the laptop and keeping all drinks away is not a good answer.
  12. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    Put it through an ultrasonic cleaner with the proper chemical bath and it'll be good.

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