Spilled a bit of liquid on MacBook

adder7712

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I did something foolish. I accidentally knocked a can of fizzy drink it spilled under the FN to Command key row but none of the liquid got in between the keys but I didn't spilled the whole can and not even half I think. The bottom of the laptop is not even wet.

I checked under the battery, there's no liquid. My laptop still works fine since it turns on and it didn't shut off when I spilled the drink.
Am I safe?
 

l.a.rossmann

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Anywhere from will be dead in 2 days to perfectly fine for the rest of its life. There's no way to know. put it through an ultrasonic cleaner to be safe.
 
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adder7712

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Anywhere from will be dead in 2 days to perfectly fine for the rest of its life. There's no way to know. put it through an ultrasonic cleaner to be safe.
Ultrasonic cleaner? I don't even have that. Still works fine as of now. :)

As I mentioned before, none of the liquid entered the keyboard area, it just spilled on the left edge of the laptop which I don't think will absorb the liquid and fry the logic board, plus the battery compartment is as dry as it can be.
 
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l.a.rossmann

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It sounds like you are doing your best to convince yourself of where the water went instead of objectively assessing where the water went.
 
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Surely

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Hopefully your mistake isn't that you're actually using it right now.

If it were me, I'd have powered that puppy down and put it upside down into a container of rice to absorb as much of the moisture as possible.
 
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adder7712

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How about wrapping the laptop with a towel? The laptop is more or less dry at the moment after I left it for a night and of course I wiped the mess with a slightly wetted towel.

About the rice thing, that's something I can do but my Dad will kill me LOL.
 
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eman

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So it's Sunday the 13th. Still works as of now. :)
If a liquid spill with sugar landed on the logic board, the spill will remain tacky for a long period of time and may eventually eat through some pins on the logic board and kill it. It would be safe to disassemble the macbook and assess the damage.
If the spill was slight, you could clean the logic board area affected with alcohol, anything major clean it with ultrasonic cleaning.
 
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Mars478

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I buy broken MacBooks too. My current macbook is built out of three broken ones. :) Check my sig for infos
 
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J&JPolangin

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...well since you're already using it, the "placing it in a bag/box of uncooked rice (or silica packets) isn't going to help you at all... good luck with it continuing to work properly (and hope you didn't trip any of the moisture sensors inside the case if you ever have to take it in for repair)...
 
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adder7712

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It's pretty much working great at the moment. Nothing abnormal. :D

Now I have traumas drinking near my MacBook but this is a good lesson to be careful.

I buy broken MacBooks too. My current macbook is built out of three broken ones. :) Check my sig for infos
Your out of luck since mine is not broken. :p

About the spill however, most of it was on where the Battery should be. No gooey and sticky mess underneath.
 
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2Southern

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If a liquid spill with sugar landed on the logic board, the spill will remain tacky for a long period of time and may eventually eat through some pins on the logic board and kill it. It would be safe to disassemble the macbook and assess the damage.
If the spill was slight, you could clean the logic board area affected with alcohol, anything major clean it with ultrasonic cleaning.
And what kind of alcohol do you need to use? I thought that alcohol could damage the logic board even more... :confused:
 
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ChevyMan

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One time I spilled some sticky stuff on mine too and let's say it wasn't soda ;). Come on, no viruses on a Mac? What else are you going to do on them?
 
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