Spilt water - power on, but screen not working

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PeterJ72, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. PeterJ72 macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2006
    I spilt some water over my unibody MacBook Pro about 36 hours ago. It was dark, and as the screen didn't respond I assumed that it had shut down, but on closer examination the next morning (after turning it upside down) I found that it was still running. I shut it off then.

    There didn't seem to be much water inside the MBP, so I tried turning it on just now. It made all the right start-up noises, but nothing on the screen (the Apple logo also wasn't illuminated). I forced it to shut down again right after.

    I'm not near a service centre at the moment, so am wondering if I should just wait a few more days, or get it sent in right away? I guess the fact that it starts-up is encouraging, so hopefully the damage is just limited to something connected to the monitor. No water was split over the LCD itself, but I'm guessing some may have entered at the back of the unit, where it connects to the main body.

    Any feedback would be most appreciated!

    PS. I did almost the exact same thing to my 3yo MB about 2 months ago, and it started working after about 3 days. I guess I should be more careful about what I put near my computer in future! :)
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Give it a few days to dry out and kept shut down. Since this has happened to you before, ever thought of learning from the past and buying a keyboard cover for the new one?
  3. PeterJ72 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2006
    OK, I'll keep it off another 2-3 days.

    Maybe I'll look at a keyboard cover, although it may be better to start with not having water so close to my MBP, or opening it up at 3am after a long night out. :)
  4. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Definalty be more careful in the future :D. Don't turn it on anymore for a couple of days as it may cause more damage if it is wet. If after a couple of days its still not working then you will have to go to an Apple store.
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    I don't understand why do people insist on switching on a computer after it's gotten wet? Why don't they chill, give it enough time to dry off first? And perhaps in the mean time remove every possible power source to the machine? I've seen it time and time again... and still people don't seem to get electronics and water don't mix. :rolleyes:
  6. PeterJ72 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2006
    Easier said than done. :) As for the power source, I of course removed the power cable right away, but given that the battery is built-in, that's a bit more difficult. :) Actually, what's the protocol for this with the built-in battery on the MBPs?
  7. orijinal macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2005
    Should've waited longer before turning it on.

    Put it in a container full of rice for a week.
  8. jfyrfytr25 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2008
    unfortunately, I think the damage is done. especially since it was on the whole night after the spill. you may want to remove the bottom cover and setup a small fan to blow on it. but i think it may be a lost cause at this point.

    since you have done this twice in the last 2 months, I would bet that you WILL do this again. If you do, SHUT THE MACHINE OFF right away. even though the battery is built in, you can still unplug it from the logic board. at this point your warranty is toast anyway so might as well unplug the battery and give yourself a fighting chance. next open up the machine as much as possible. Open the lid, open the bottom and put fans on it to speed up the process.

    if you are comfortable with it. take the computer apart so the components can get completely dry. again, the warranty is shot so who cares at this point.

    most important is do not get in a hurry and try to "test" it too soon.

    DO NOT TURN ON!!!!!!!!

    at least 72 hours, the longer, the better the chance.

    lastly, be prepared. you can do all this and it still not work.

    now it is time for the whoopin'

    the best solution is prevention.

    C'mon man, once i call an accident. twice, i call negligent. three times and you should be barred from ever using an electronic device again.

  9. Brandon Heat macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008
  10. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
  11. Mab879 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    MBP Spill

    Let it dry out for a week or two. If the screen still does not work.:( Use the mini-dvi to DVI or VGA to get files off the MBP. Then sent it in apple.
  12. Brandon Heat macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008

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