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aquasoul87 Mar 23, 2007 03:11 PM
Help: Water Spill on Macbook!
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...
 
post_break 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.
 
peeb 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.
 
ibook_steve 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.

Steve
 
Chaoticjoe 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!"
 
ixus_123 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 :(
 
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