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My mother-in-law just gave me her dead MacBook to look at. She says she spilled a cup of coffee on it. It worked for another 2 days and then just went dead. I just opened it up thinking I would have to put a new logic board in there, but there is no, I mean zero evidence of a coffee spill. No a single dried brown drop of coffee to be found. Suggestions?? Has anyone faced this before?? Help please.
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Well, even if you can't see any evidence, obviously something bad happened.
Did you really get down to the logic board? Hit ifixit.com for really excellent instructions. I would put it in front of a fan for a full two days of dry out.
Seems the most common problem with water/coffee/beer is the battery. While it is drying out, find a friend who will let you test it out.
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Yep. I totally disassembled since I was going to just replace the logic board. (Don't have the new one yet.) Computer is totally dried out. This happened a few weeks ago. I was expecting to see some corrosion from the acid in the coffee or at least some coffee spots. But nothing. Battery, as far as I can tell, is working. It has a full charge to it. Is it possible that the power switch itself is damaged?
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Yes, it is pretty hard to diagnose water related problems. Some itty bitty wire can short out, water evaporates, no evidence of the crime. Good luck with this!
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