Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > Hardware - Troubleshooting and Discussion > Mac Notebooks > Help: Water Spill on Macbook!

Help: Water Spill on Macbook!
Thread Tools
Fresh-Faced Recruit
Join Date: Mar 2007
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2007, 03:11 PM
Ok, let's just say someone, not me though, spilled water on their Macbook accidentally and quickly turned it over and shook the water out of it. But they thought that shutting it off could cause a short circuit, so the Macbook was left on and continued to work. But a few hours later, they got back on and started to use it, and the computer kind of started to lock up, like the keyboard and mousepad, but after a few seconds, it works again. It's been about a day now, and it's been shut off for a while, but they tried it again, and it still locks up some.

Does anyone know if this is going to be a serious problem or does it just need more time to dry out? I mean it turns on and everything...
Forum Regular
Join Date: Mar 2007
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2007, 03:25 PM
Probably going to have to replace the keyboard and trackpad. If you want to do it yourself seek ebay, if you want to have apple do it then call them.
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2007, 06:39 PM
I'm not suggesting that you do this. But I spilled coffee on an IBM thinkpad once, and took it to a computer store who took it apart, washed it out with distilled (NOT TAP) water, then dried it with a hair dryer, and it worked fine. It sounds like you are getting shorts, that could either be because you still have moisture in it, or because you have mineral deposits from the water left behind.
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: San Jose, CA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2007, 08:48 PM
Well, you did everything right *except* turning off the computer immediately. Why would shutting it off cause a short? Turn it over and just take out the battery ASAP. As mentioned, your keyboard and trackpad are now probably hosed.

Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Right behind you....
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2007, 09:16 PM
Water and most technology don't mix. Half the time I am known to say: "Ya'll a screwed!"
( Last edited by Chaoticjoe; Mar 23, 2007 at 09:17 PM. Reason: typo)
Dedicated MacNNer
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: London, UK
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 24, 2007, 10:15 AM
It's probably still wet inside.

I'd take the battery off & place it in a drying room or on a book above a radiator (with the aim for it to get warm NOT hot). Keep the lip open to let water evaporate out

Leave it for a couple of days.

I've had 2 cups of tea go over my clamshell iBook. Both times I let it dry out for 3 days & it works fine although it does have a tea stain around the hard disk that shows through the translucent what case
iBook G3 366mhz as a web server:
Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:19 PM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2015 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2