11-17-2009, 03:56 PM
First off, I apologize for posting w/o doing more research. I'm very regular to forums and usually just use the search function to solve my problems. But since my computer is not working I won't have time to do that when I get home from work today... I read through some water damage posts but don't have any more free time at work.
Last night it looks as if some wine spilled on my MBP, I can see residue in the headphone and mic inputs. I think it was my roommate and I think he's lying about it... save that story for later.
Here are the issues:
1) looks like something spilled on it (left side mainly), computer was shutdown but plugged in when it happened
2) Power cable led does not illuminate (tried 2 power cables)
3) I can hear the drive boot when I go to turn it on, first nothing happened after that. On 2nd attempt it started up but just w/ blue screen and flashing folder w/ the question mark icon - ust like when you install a new hard drive. On later attempts I was able to boot snow leopard and windows 7 but the screen is VERY dark, only the most bright things can be seen, but they are very faint and dark grey. Trying to adjust screen brightness does nothing. It's almost like the screen is just VERY VERY dim. I can't really tell if any other functions are working or not. I did see the mouse move and was able to control it while in SL but couldn't find it when I was in Windows 7.
4) I did not come to the conclusion that there had been water damage till after I had already tried to turn it on multiple times.
I just put in a new HD 2 weeks ago, so I'm familiar w/ pulling it apart. I plan on pulling it apart when I get home, but that probably won't help me troubleshoot which component is causing my problems. Normally this is both my personal and work computer so I can't exactly be long w/o it. I need to find out ASAP if I can quickly and affordably repair this one or if it's time to break out a credit card and purchase a new one...
Thanks in advance for any help!