Spilt fruit juice all over MacBook unibody

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Changepoint, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Changepoint macrumors member

    Changepoint

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    The missus spilt a glass of fruit juice (grapefruit with pulp) all over the keyboard of her new MacBook. After turning it upside down and draining the liquid, the keyboard didn't work at first but after a restart it seems to be working fine. Just wanted to know if it's likely to be crapping out soon and should we get someone at apple to look at it. I read on another post that it should be left turned off for at least a week, but that was related to the old white ones. Are the aluminum unibody MacBooks any more forgiving than previous MBs?
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    You need to leave the computer turned off for a few days. But since you already turned it on i guess it doesn't matter. You need to give the computer time to dry out before using it, because you could fry the motherboard.
     
  3. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    Too bad it wasn't Apple Juice :D it would be fine.... badoom boom pshhhh!
     
  4. Changepoint thread starter macrumors member

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    it's upside down now, with the battery removed. is there an easy way to get underneath the keyboard section and clean up any liquid?
     
  5. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    There's disassembly instructions in the manual, in the section about adding RAM.
     
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    Nice one! :cool:
     
  7. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah. Agreed.
    However, it is a MacBook Unibody, making it quite difficult to disassemble.
     
  8. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    And also, if the keyboard somehow stops working, Apple replaces the whole top case, because it is all connected together.
    Thus, I would play it safe and let it dry out for another day.
    Good luck!
     
  9. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    There are liquid detectors in the new models, so if you ever bring it in for service and someone notices it, you're out of warranty.
     
  10. The Samurai macrumors 68000

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    Worth a try but... maybe make your home insurers aware of the situation
     
  11. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

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    Clever!

    On another note, sorry to hear about the accident, but it sounds like you've been pretty fortunate to still have some life in the machine, let's hope it carries on working.
     
  12. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    If you bought it on an Amex that has 90 day accidental damage protection and it's been less than 90 days, than I think you should know what to do.
     
  13. Jpoon macrumors 6502

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    And this is why we don't eat and drink next to our lappies. >_<
     
  14. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    I know the unibodies are very SEXY, but isn't this juice-spilling a little too much?:D:cool:

    Ok, sorry, just couldn't help it. Seriously, turn it off, open the bottom latch compartment, and take the battery and hard drive out of there. Run it through distilled water and stick it head first in a bag of rice.

    There were liquid detectors in the old models too...
     
  15. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    Not other than metal that easily stained and corroded.
     
  16. Changepoint thread starter macrumors member

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    Took it to Apple (waited two hours on standby because the genius bar was fully booked that day) and they said it would cost 755 plus tax to get it fully checked out with any damaged parts replaced. :eek: They said it's inevitable that the machine will crap out at some point. Thanks for all your advice.
     
  17. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Sorry to hear about your MB, keep us advised on the repair...:(
     
  18. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Did they say that before you mentioned that liquid was spilled on the MB? Anyways, after spilling something like juice, it will leave a sticky residue and after you pay them that $775+tax, they will probably more then likely void your warranty.

    You can always pop the keys off if you are experienced with that and like previously said use distilled water to clean up all the residue and let it sit for at least 3 days. That rice trick is a pretty cool idea too!
     

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