I'm ashamed to post, because a.) I'm a lurker, and b.) I fried my beautiful, innocent mid-2012 MacBook Pro (2.9 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB HDD), and I know how many desperate, futile posts already exist on this sad topic, because I've read nearly all of them. I decided to write anyway, because I could really use some advice, and I'm hoping one or more of you might be willing to weigh in before I make a decision about how to proceed. Here's the situation. Unbeknownst to me, my three-year-old poured part of a bottle of water on my MBP keyboard...in the middle of the night...while it was open, on, and charging. The next morning, I noticed the computer was off and the charger wasn't working, so I pulled the cord out of the MBP and plugged it back in. The charging light came on briefly, I smelled burning and began to hyperventilate, and then the light quickly went out again. Since then, my MBP's been bricked. It won't charge...or turn on, obviously. I need a computer ASAP in order to work, and I have no money (and, I mean, no money). I also don't have an Apple store near me, and I don't know of anyone else who can diagnose the damage for free. I could send it in to one of the companies that offer free diagnostics if you let them repair your computer. I'm concerned, however, about losing $60 or more in shipping/diagnosis costs and being back at square one if it turns out I can't afford the fixes needed. $60 is a major expenditure right now. So. I'm trying to scrape together funds, somehow, and make a decision about the least expensive - and wisest - course of action. Here are my options: 1.) PRAY that "just" the logic board on the MBP is damaged and send it to one of those online logic board repair services to be fixed. Looks like the cost would be $350-$400. Seems like this would be a big gamble, but it might pay off. 2.) Buy a basic MacBook Air, 11.6" screen, 4 GB RAM 128 GB SSD, from a good friend who's up for figuring out an informal "payment plan" with me if I need her to. In other words, she could use some money for it now, like $400 or so, but she'd be fine if I couldn't give her more for a while. I've loaned her things in the past, we trust each other and I'm good about paying debts, so I suppose this could be an ok solution. I don't love the idea, though. 3.) Buy a cheap Windows laptop and hope for the best. (Would try a Chromebook, but I need to create Word documents offline a lot for work, so I think the OS would present problems). I haven't really used Windows to do more than check email at my mom's house since 2003 or so. From what I remember, Windows is going to be tough to adjust to. Still, it seems like I could get something functional for word processing, basic WordPress tasks and online research for less than 400 bucks. What do you wise Mac people suggest? I'd be VERY grateful for any and all opinions, cautions, musings and/or suggestions folks are willing to offer. Bleak predictions are fine, too, even. Just hoping to get as much information as I can before making the tough choice. Whether you get around to replying or not, thanks for reading this. Happy forum-surfing.