spilled whiskey on keyboard...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dtbadsjw, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. dtbadsjw macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    I spilled some whiskey on the keyboard.......I turned it upside down and wiped right away. There wasn't much to begin with but I'm assuming some must have gotten inside. Everything seems/works fine except one key felt little 'softer' but that went away after a while. However, when I slid an edge of paper tower under spacebar to make sure there is no moisture left inside, power-off window poped up and the computer turned off itself. It didn't turn back on for a while (-10secs) then turned back on. Now the power-off window pops up every 10 secs or so.
    Anyone know what I should do about this? What's under spacebar that could cause this malfunction?
    I just bought this computer a month ago.....Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thank you guys.
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    My guess is whiskey.

    Don't drink and type? :confused:

    Seriously, whiskey doesn't have any sugar, so it won't dry sticky - the best thing is to just leave it powered off, don't move it, and let it dry out. Leave the lid open in the meantime.
  3. jackrv macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011
    On a not-so-serious note, it may be all well and good this happened before you got to Facebook or reply to emails.... Hope it dries out and everything is ok. The fact that it does turn on is encouraging.
  4. slo82 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2011
    reading this all i can say is same as above, leave turned off till dried out and cross fingers... good luck mate..

    secondly this is one very good reason not to buy second hand, you see them for sale "only a month old" etc, hmmm yea i was watching one on ebay thats 5 weeks old, but i think the insurance of brand new is worth it..

    again good luck n i hope its ok
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Consider yourself lucky that it is just giving you those errors for now. I had a similar incident involving a glass of wine with my 2010 MacBook Air. It shorted the logic board, and it would have been a $755 repair had Apple not waived the charges. They replaced the logic board, keyboard, and a few other connectors.

    Let it dry out over the next few days and see if it goes back to normal. If not, take it to a Genius Bar for a repair (perhaps they will need to replace the keyboard. The inside has several liquid sensors, so just be upfront and see what they'll do for you.

    The moral of the story is that Macs don't like alcoholic beverages (or any other beverages) the way humans do. With my 2011, I took out a personal articles policy with my insurance company for $33/year (it covers accidental damage with a $250 deductible), as I don't expect any more repair waivers from Apple. I also purchased a Rearth keyboard cover for use when I know I'll be in tight quarters or using the MacBook Air with liquids nearby (e.g. on an airplane).
  6. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    Pics or it didn't happen. :p

    In all seriousness, sorry bro!
  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    If it only has been couple of min, stop using it, take off the Magsafe, flip it upside down and leave for about a week.

    It changes a lot of things.

    But if it has been couple of hours, its too late.
  8. AlphaDogg, Sep 5, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011

    AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    If you had to choose something to spill on a laptop, any type of alcohol would be the best thing. :rolleyes:. Good choice!

  9. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    Except beer. Trust me, I've tried that :p
  10. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
  11. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Better whiskey than water, it will evaporate faster, and less chance of causing a short on the circuit board.
  12. cyclotron451 macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2005
    coffee over keyboard

    was the final test of the <not named radar> system computer & keyboard. It cost a few million more than an MBA tho, but it did pass.
    Liquids - in theory - aren't so bad for a computer, as the logic board is washed in water during pick and place manufacture. The problem is conductive liquid over a system whilst even low voltage present, this does give current leakage over all sorts of unwanted paths and can start electrolytic corrosion.
    I have successfully used an antique Leybold-Heraeus vacuum oven to warm devices up to +40degC whilst pumping slowly down and quickly recovered costly smartphones etcetera.

    rules are get power off ASAP
    then dry slowly.....
  13. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    Drying the smartphone/laptop at 40C+ would kill (or start to kill) the battery, no?:confused:
  14. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    If your Whiskey is single-malt, I will give you a hand.

    Seriously, let it dry out. Whiskey isn't 100% alochol - still plenty of water in there, and that's what murders electronics.

    I'd say to pull the battery... but... not so easy. However, if it were mine, I would. Odds are good you tripped the water indicators, so your warranty is probably void from that alone. Removing power, and allowing things to dry BEFORE restoring it - is the only way to get this out alive.

    Edit: 40C shouldn't hurt the battery. Now I'm sure there are batters that could fail - but considering how hot these get while operating - and most batteries having a vent / thermal fuse limit around 120-125F, 104F shouldn't be a big problem.
  15. minnus macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    Going randomly off topic, it kills me that Apple can give such quotes. $755 to replace a motherboard? Argh.
  16. fade- macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2011
    pray tell, how did you get them to waive off the charges?
  17. TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    By promising not to tell :eek:. :D
  18. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I'd just toss it and buy a new one if I had to pay that amount.
  19. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I spilled a tiny bit of beer on my new iphone 4 lock button last year. It has operated "sticky" ever since despite numerous attempts to clean it.
  20. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    By not expecting or asking for it. I set up an appointment at the Genius Bar, and was upfront that all I wanted was an estimate for a repair since I had spilled liquid on it. He said he'd ship it out, but then he asked me how old it was (4 months at the time), and then to my surprise he said he'd make a one-time exception and fix it.

    As it turns out, this happened a few days before the new Air came out, and I was upfront that I'd likely just buy a new model if the repair were not economical. Since I don't expect any more "one-time" exceptions, I purchased a personal articles policy from my homeowner's insurer to protect my 2011. It came out to $33/year with a $250 deductible.
  21. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    One of the BEST POSTS in a while! :)

  22. dtbadsjw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    So here's the follow up.
    After a while, my computer shut down itself and wouldn't start again.
    I left it overnight with the lid opened.
    It still didn't work the following morning so I took it to the apple store.
    I thought about insisting it just stopped working. Considering my machine's only a month old, I thought they might just replace it.
    But I decided to just tell it as it is.
    Turns out, they needed to replace the logic board, and it was gonna cost $600 in total.
    But genius bar guy offered to make an exception and waive the charge.
    So yeah...I got lucky.
  23. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    Good! Honesty does pay off...

    You might consider a keyboard cover like Moshi next time. I had a previous gen MBA that my wife accidentally sprayed tonic water on. I got lucky as I let it dry before trying to turn it on. It worked but the key springs became a bit "sticky". I'm not taking any chances with my new MBA so I installed a Moshi keyboard membrane...
  24. unelg macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2011
    Replacing the keyboard worked for a colleague with a white macbook. Apple asked ~650, keyboard replacement cost was ~150. I haven't seen the inside of a macbook air but maybe there is a replaceable layer between the logic board and your fingers.
  25. dtbadsjw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    I am actually considering a keyboard cover.
    How's the heat dissipation?

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