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kildair 05-17-2013 09:52 AM

Spillage
 
Folks, I need some advise please.
I have a macbook pro that had some coffee spilled on it. Anyway it was with my son, so the proper action was not taken :((
Anyway, when I connect it to the power supply, the fan comes on. I left it connected for 20 minutes, took out the power supply and the fan stays on. Now
1) the fan stays on
2) pressing the power button has no effect
3) pressing the eject button has no effect
4) the display never comes on

So I am assuming that
1) the battery can still hold charge
2) the fan works

Any advice about anything else?:o:o

I really would appreciate your advice

Raz0rEdge 05-17-2013 09:57 AM

First read through http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...ow-thread.html

What does "proper action not taken" mean? Did he not turn it off immediately? Where exactly on the MBP did the coffee spill? You will need to take the MBP apart to see where all you have coffee in there..use the iFixit.com website to get the guides..

Usually with water, the advice is to put the device in with some uncooked riced for a day or two to get the moisture out, but that wouldn't work so well with coffee..

Also, if the coffee did reach the inside of the MBP and you've been turning it on or leaving the power connected and all that, you've probably fried a few thing inside..

kildair 05-17-2013 10:07 AM

Thanks Ashwin.
I have tried to go through the official thread.
What I mean by proper action is the advice given about what to do in such cases.
I am honestly unsure as to what he exactly did, if he immediately turned it off etc
I am just not sure why the fan stays on until the battery is out of charge.

Raz0rEdge 05-17-2013 10:26 AM

A short on the logicboard could cause things to come on and not go off or vice versa. If only the fans come on and nothing else is working, then that's a very good possibility to what's happened.

If you feel up to it, you can take the MBP apart and see what's going on. Or take it to an Apple store and have them let you know what's going on. Spillage isn't covered under AppleCare so you will be given the bill to fix whatever needs to be replaced..

pigoo3 05-17-2013 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kildair (Post 1515849)
What I mean by proper action is the advice given about what to do in such cases.

Specific things to do are clearly discussed in the sticky thread Raz0rEdge linked.

I hate to say it...but there really is nothing unique about your situation...compared to the hundreds of other situations we have experience with.

In just about all cases...liquid + computer = dead computer

In most situations the only solution is to replace the logic board ($500+)...and in almost the same number of cases...this can be a large proportion of the laptops value...and not worth it.

Sorry,

- Nick

kildair 05-17-2013 10:55 AM

I suppose I am just trying to resurrect the dead :(((
Is there any value to the computer?
I removed the hard drive and the area is clean. So is the area under the CD drive.
I suspect that the damage is to the right of the fan just on the edge of the board.

kildair 05-17-2013 10:56 AM

oh by the way it is a A1278 macbook pro

Raz0rEdge 05-17-2013 11:00 AM

The A1278 moniker covers Macbook Pro's from 2009 to 2012..:) If the MBP is from 2009, then the logicboard replacement price is a large part of the value of the MBP, if it's the newer one like from 2012, then it isn't and replacing the logicboard means you haven't eaten substantially into the MBP's value..

pigoo3 05-17-2013 11:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kildair (Post 1515854)
I suppose I am just trying to resurrect the dead :(((

Totally understandable!:) The damage that occurs can happen in milliseconds (much faster than any human can react to). So before the average human can react to the situation...the damage is already done.

Like Raz0rEdge mentioned. If the computer is 1-2 years old...it still may be worth it paying to have the logic board replaced. But if it's an older model...then the computer may only be worth about $500-$600 (if it was working 100%)...so it makes no sense to spend $500+ on a computer that's only worth $500-$600.

- Nick

kildair 05-17-2013 11:16 AM

The MBP os 13.3/2.3/2x2gb/320/sd/glsy
serial number C02GD5Q6DRJ7

2.3GHz i5, 4GB RAM

This may sound daft, but how do I know if it is just a matter of replacing the MBP?

When it is plugged in to power supply the fan just keeps whirring.

Thanks

kildair 05-17-2013 11:21 AM

Checked the serial number and it was manufactured mid 2011

pigoo3 05-17-2013 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kildair (Post 1515859)
The MBP os 13.3/2.3/2x2gb/320/sd/glsy
serial number C02GD5Q6DRJ7

If you're trying to determine the computers value (if it was working 100%) go to:

Mac2Sell - Argus, Evaluation, Guide to used Mac, iPad, iPhone & iPod - Occasion

...to get a general idea of it's value. Non-working computers are difficult to put a value on.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kildair (Post 1515859)
This may sound daft, but how do I know if it is just a matter of replacing the MBP?

Contact Apple (hopefully a local Apple Store)...and have them examine it to see exactly what's wrong.

- Nick

Raz0rEdge 05-17-2013 11:29 AM

OK, that's a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) so there's more value in there..and technically you wouldn't know exactly what needs to be replaced until you check/test it all.

The logicboard takes up the entire inside, so if it gets hit, then you've got to replace the whole thing..

If you look at the teardown of the MBP from 2009, you can see where the components are and where the logicboard is sitting..

techiesteve 05-17-2013 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kildair (Post 1515859)
The MBP os 13.3/2.3/2x2gb/320/sd/glsy
serial number C02GD5Q6DRJ7

2.3GHz i5, 4GB RAM

This may sound daft, but how do I know if it is just a matter of replacing the MBP?

When it is plugged in to power supply the fan just keeps whirring.

Thanks

As your MacBook Pro was sold in the UK, I'll give you some ball park pricing based upon UK pricing at an Apple Store or AASP. To replace the logic board 661-6078 around 402.00 inc VAT. If the coffee was spilt on the keyboard, you'll be very lucky to escape without some keys failing, so add an extra 125.00 inc VAT for the B661-6075 top case with keyboard. Those prices include labour and total 527.00, just over half what you'd pay for a current model. If you did have it repaired you have AppleCare left until 18/9/14. It's worth checking to see if the accident is covered by your household accidental damage insurance policy.

pigoo3 05-17-2013 04:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by techiesteve (Post 1515895)
As your MacBook Pro was sold in the UK, I'll give you some ball park pricing based upon UK pricing at an Apple Store or AASP. To replace the logic board 661-6078 around 402.00 inc VAT. If the coffee was spilt on the keyboard, you'll be very lucky to escape without some keys failing, so add an extra 125.00 inc VAT for the B661-6075 top case with keyboard. Those prices include labour and total 527.00, just over half what you'd pay for a current model. If you did have it repaired you have AppleCare left until 18/9/14. It's worth checking to see if the accident is covered by your household accidental damage insurance policy.

Nice one! Great to have a local UK expert to quote some exact numbers & suggestions!:)

- Nick


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