Spilled Water on Black Macbook...Help!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by atomicshark, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. atomicshark macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2007
    New York

    My wife spilled a cup of water on her 1st Gen Black Macbook. After doing all we could to dry it out, including removing the battery and keeping it upside down and open for a few days it will not start up. The battery is OK. It still registers 1 green dot and the charger seems OK.

    Anyway when I try to start it with only the battery, nothing happens. When I plugged in the charger, a small wisp of smoke emanated from the keyboard with a distinct burning smell. Needless to say I unplugged it right away and gave the macbook up for dead.

    I emailed our Mac IT guy at work and he suggested I take it to an Apple Store and see if they'll fix it for a flat rate of $369.

    I was wondering if anyone has has a similar unfortunate experience and had Apple fix it for a somewhat low flat rate?

    BTW, our Macbook still has Applecare, for all that's worth. Ironically a couple of months ago I sent the macbook in to Apple to have a creak in the hinge and palm rest cracks repaired. Apple rejected it claiming there was water damage on the LCD bezel. That was BS, but either way Apple would not fix the macbook unless I paid $799 for a new LCD!

    My IT guy was aware of my issue with Apple so I don't know why he thinks Apple would now get the macbook up and running for under $400. I have a feeling that Apple will want to definitely change the LCD and who knows what else. That will definitely cost more than $369 or $799 for that matter.

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    This wont help you this go round, but Best Buy Black Tie coverage - covers water damage and drops.
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
  4. TheSpecialist08 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
    Sounds like you took the right steps, but the "whisp of smoke" might not be a good sign. Not sure if you took the machine apart, but if you do, let it sit in some dry rice for a while. As far as applecare, it wont cover any water damage (as you probably know) I'll tell you what though, instead of paying 600-700 or whatever for a fix, these unibody macbooks are going for cheap on places like craigslist and ebay. I saw some guy selling his unibody, 2.4 ghz, 2 gb ram with applecare for 900 bucks! What a steal!

    Best of luck.
  5. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Once you release the magic smoke it is really hard to get it back in the MacBook. :D

    Given its age I would probably sell it on Ebay for parts and purchase a new MacBook. Don't let anyone drink anything around the new one. ;)

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