05-20-2013, 05:01 AM
I have a 13" black macbook purchased in 2008. The other night I was sick and vomitted, and as I was trying to get out of bed, a good amount ended up on the right side of my macbook. I immediately cleaned it to the best of my ability, removed the battery and all, but I may have been too late as some of it might have seeped into my computer.
With everything dry, I turned it on, and it seems as if it wants to turn on. The start up noise sounds, however I get a file symbol with a question mark blinking. I read up that it's not picking up the hard drive so I tried again holding the option key. When I try this, the cursor shows up, but nothing else. I'm not sure if the keyboard is intact and there seems to be slight damage to the screen, as it looks as if there is moisture or something inside.
My apple care has long expired, so I'm wondering if anyone might have experience in this matter. I assume my hard drive is shot, maybe the inner screen would need replacing, and I can't tell if the keyboard or logic board would need replacing (I'm not very techy, I really don't know what a logic board is but it seems like a common issue with accidents like these). Anyone know what kind of price range I might be looking at? Surely, it being a five-year-old machine, if the cost is too much I wouldn't bother, but money is very tight for me right now.
Also, does Apple charge just to go in and have an estimate? Do they have any gripes over the fact that they might come into contact with vomit?
Thank you for your input.