Spilling coffee on Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Nobita, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Nobita macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone,

    This morning I just spilled a tiny bit of coffee on the tip of my trackpad, nearby the magnetic latch. It's not that much, it really is just a little bit and I wipe it off immediately.

    My question is would it affect the performance of my macbook? I've never done this before to my Mac and I really feel sorry for it... I have the aluminum 2.0Ghz Macbook by the way.

    P.S. Now (15 minutes after the spill), the trackpad still works alright.
     
  2. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    Well if it didn't get in the trackpad, and you wiped it off it should be fine.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    source
     
  5. zach macrumors 65816

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    i can't count the number of times i've done this.. i don't advise you to do as i do but as long as you clean it right off and don't let it drip inside you'll be fine.
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Chill.

    You'll be fine so long as nothing got inside the case.
     
  7. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    People have done way worse and still had perfectly working Macbook. You'll be fine.
     
  8. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Wow, I cannot believe lately the number of posts from people that have spilled liquids on their Macbooks. Are you guys holding the drink right over the computer or something? Bad idea. I always push my Macbook away when I take a sip of my coffee.

    Anyways it doesn't sound like it was serious, I would just wait rather than doing anything about it.
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Consider yourself lucky and that this is a wakeup call.

    First, implement a backup plan for your important data. Some of us clone our hard drives at regular intervals -- in my case weekly -- using Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) or SuperDuper (SD). Gives you peace of mind in case something catastrophic happens to your computer/hard drive.

    Second, I suggest that you do not keep any liquids near your computer. Accidents do happen. It only takes one mistake and your computer could be toast. Recommend that you keep any liquid on a different table and not the same table that your computer is on. Personally, I only have bottled water near any computer and the cap is always on except when I am taking a sip of water. Over the years I've known numerous individuals who fried their computer due to liquid spills.
     
  10. Nobita thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know I was wrong. I always read news, schedules, and papers that I need to read on my macbook while having my breakfast. I'd be more careful next time and try to read in bigger fonts.

    The coffee is actually spilled on the edge of the trackpad where there is some opening inside... would this really matter? If one day my mac broke, would apple care take care of that? Can they detect this spillage?

    For those people who were more concerned about my coffee, it wasn't starbucks and it wasn't decaf. I brew my own coffee because that saves me a lot of money.
     
  11. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    It's pretty easy for a tech to see if there has been spillage inside a computer or keyboard.

    Just imagine if you had spilled the whole cup. :eek:

    But if you are like most of us, your lifestyle will stay the same until you actually damage a computer and it is an expensive fix, if you are lucky. :)
     

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