Spilled Milk

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  1. dlthomas macrumors newbie

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    I recently spilled close to a tablespoon of milk onto the keyboard. Most of this landed on the keys themselves.

    I thought nothing of this and continued working for 4 hours. I left for 6 hours and came home to a non working Powerbook G4.

    The green powerlight does come on. I let sit for one day. Still nothing.

    Help?
     
  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Doubtful there's much you could do short of a logic board replacement. The damage seems to already be done, even if you did clean out the milk. Seems to me like it's the perfect excuse to get a new machine :p Oh, and since this is burning me up inside, "no use crying over spilt milk." (I know, I'm bad.)
     
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  5. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    I'm surprised that such a small amount of liquid seems to have fried your logic board...

    I spilt almost an entire cup of coffee on my old MacBook Pro and it's still working, although it now reeks of coffee. :p

    Sadly skorpien is probably right, though. It sounds like it's gonna need a new logic board. Given the price of such a replacement, I'd say it's definitely worth getting a new Mac. Even if it were still working, that PowerBook wouldn't be much good in a couple of years' time. :rolleyes:
     
  6. gorn macrumors member

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    I would open it up and wash the board down with alcohol. the spill could have fried the logic board, or maybe it's just causing a short somewhere that prevents it from booting but hasn't (yet) burned anything. milk is going to leave a (possibly conductive) residue when it dries.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Why? It only takes that liquid to hit just right and poof. Plus we don't know if the OP pulled the battery and the power in time. If he just unplugged it, or didn't use it, its very possible that power was still coursing through the system to short out some of the circuitry.
     
  8. dlthomas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all. I did not pull the battery out because it was so little of a spill and nothing happened immediately. LIke I said, it continued working for nearly 4 hours afterwards. I've definitely learned my lesson. Ugh.

    If it is not working by next week, I may try this "washing of the board". How exactly would one go about this?

    Also, I've heard of a cheap USB device to recover my files from my (assumingly still good) hardrive. Does anyone know of this?

    Congrats Yankees!
     
  9. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    That's true, I guess. I didn't even unplug or remove the battery on my old MacBook Pro when the coffee spill happened. I just immediately flipped it and let the coffee drain out back the way it came. Sadly it messed up the screen quite a bit, so I just use it at home in clamshell mode.

    I guess I got lucky, though, because the thing could've died completely. :eek:
     
  10. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Another reason to always use a rubber....

    ...keyboard cover.
     
  11. wesrk macrumors 6502a

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    If there ever is a next time, shut down the computer, unplug the battery and whatever over advice you see here or in some of the other threads. Never keep working as if nothing had happened.

    A tablespoon of liquid is a very small amount compared to what others have spilled, but still, it's almost impossible to have it land on the keys only and not have any of it filter around.

    As another member pointed out, seems like a good excuse to buy a new one.
     
  12. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

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    Never heard of this. But I would assume that without any power to spin up the drive, I doubt anything would work, maybe pulling the drive and putting it in a USB enclosure?
     
  13. dlthomas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, the enclosure is actually what I was looking for!

    I'm still interested in how I can posiibly clean w alcohol. Just in case...
     
  14. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

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    I have never used one, but from what I hear they work well. But do some research to find a good one, and you may not want to go cheap on this, as you may only have one shot of getting your stuff off. I would hate to hear you say you got a cheap one, and it trashed your HDD, though I have never heard of it happening, I wouldnt be penny wise and pound foolish
     
  15. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    What Powerbook do you have, 12" or 15"? You will have your luck cut out for you if it's a 12" since it requires a lot of work to remove. Where at on the keyboard did you spill it? The logicboard is on the left side of the PB typically from the "G" key and over.

    (eating a bowl of cereal while reading this thread) :D
     
  16. juliancs macrumors 6502

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    No food, or drink, goes anywhere near my desk. :apple:
     
  17. gorn macrumors member

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    You want rather pure alcohol, some rubbing alcohol is only 70% which isn't great for cleaning electronics. 99% is best but ~90% would probably be okay too.

    Open it up and look for the spill, you'll probably see something that looks like dried milk/water/whatever. Damp a microfiber cloth (or toothbrush or even paper towel, but microfiber cloth is best) with the rubbing alcohol and wipe the board down. The alcohol will dissolve residue and allow you to easily wipe it up. And the alcohol itself will evaporate quickly and if it's 99% it won't leave much residue behind itself.

    You could also try those alcohol wipes which would probably work well too. Just make sure it's just alcohol not a bunch of additives.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    That's the rule I live by.

    Plus my MBP is up on a laptop cooler (Aeolus) and so its off the desk, so that also minimizes the risk. Regardless, I don't let any liquids near my laptop
     
  19. dlthomas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It was on the left side. I suppose Ill give it a shot next week after plenty of drying time.

    Enjoy ur cereal!
     
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