Spilled Tea on Macbook Pro (it works sort of)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by marcel37, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. marcel37 macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2005
    Hi everyone,

    I know, I know, no need to tell me that I'm a moron. Was watching an episode of Conan. Had a moment of indiscretion and spilled a ********* of tea (with lemon and sugar) on my computer. Think spalsh zone at Sea World.

    Quickly turned it over, sucked out liquid from the ports, opened up the bottom and let dry for a few hours.

    The computer works... sort of.

    1) safari doesn't display graphics, chrome works fine.
    2) I don't get sound from itunes, vlc player. quicktime, or the web. But I do get sound through airplay/speakers connected to airport express.
    3) Ran Final Cut Pro, couldn't start it up because it told me I had zero VRAM.
    4) Tried resetting V/PRAM and got a screen for system installation.
    5) Computer boots up in safe mode, but runs in normal mode.

    Possible solutions:

    1) Throwing a tutorial on my ipad to take it apart and clean it myself. (Can do it.)
    2) Taking it to a local authorized service provider. (Don't want to.)
    3) Buying a new one. (Really don't want to).

    Any advice would be helpful. Please help.

  2. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Get a lot of rice, stick the Mac in it for 24-48 hours.
  3. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    Remain calm, and don't ****ing use it

    Take the battery out and clear the capacitors by pressing the power button.

    Once you have done that no joke stick it in the oven at like 125 degrees f for 15 minutes

    then place in rice for 8 hours and you should be good to go
  4. marcel37 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2005
    Doing it now. How much rice?

  5. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Gosh, you mean you don't just take a bunch of rice and stick it in the computer.:eek:

    Go figure...
  6. marcel37 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2005
    This I understand. I just need to know how much rice needs to be in the plastic bag along with the computer to suck out the moisture.

  7. TresMusical1020 macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2013
    DON'T STICK RICE IN IT noooo!! Don't stick rice in it, there's always that posibility where it could make it worse. Try taking it to apple or call them up and ask them what to do about it.
  8. Livewings macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    I advise you to put it in a pool of coffee as it will dry faster.
  9. StockDC2 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2011
    All of these are terrible advice.

    OP, you need to take apart whatever you can following a guide (ifixit.com) and clean whatever you can with rubbing alcohol. The sugar from the tea is going to cause a plethora of problems.

    If you spilled water on it, then most of the advice in here would be applicable but since you didn't, I suggest you grab a toothbrush, some rubbing alcohol, and get to work.
  10. marcel37 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2005
    I couldn't take the battery out as I didn't have the right gear. I did open the bottom and lay it onto a large amount of rice and left it sealed in plastic for the night. All the problems I reported in previous posts have gone away. The computer functions normally.

    I guess Von Bismarck was right saying the Lord does watch over fools, drunkards, and Americans. I feel extremely lucky.

    Thanks to everyone. Special thanks Lil Chillbil.


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