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MacBook Pro - Spillage MBP keyboard issue


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Yes I'm a complete retard and also surprised about the number of *books getting spillages recently. I've dried it out for an hour, drained all the water possible and apart from the fan souding a bit dodgy (going up and down) it's working great.

I tested out the keyboard and it works on all typing keys but after typing a couple of messages on Adium it started repeating the apostaphe key. I've shut it down forcibly (I'll deal with filesystem issues later) and put it in the drying cupboard slightly open to dry out the keys.

If anything has short in relation to the keyboard what would it be? I'm placing bets on the logic board, but is there a way to disable the keyboard and use an external?
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Maybe your system isn't completely dry. Give it a few days.
Maybe do a reformat and start from scratch.
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I hope that's the issue, it seems like it, I just hope nothing's fried on the logic board because that's a hefty bill if I get it sent in.

I don't mind doing a reformat that shouldn't be an issue, and the battery still lights up so I'm hoping it'll still work, how much to batteries usually cost?

I'm keeping my mbp in the airing cupboard with it opened slightly so that any excess water can evaporate from the fan holes and the keyboard.
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I've waited a while and just switched it on now and still having the same keyboard issue, fan issue seems to have dissappeared... if contacts on the keyboard were shorted it wouldn't work at all though right?

The backlight on the keyboard works fine on all keys.

I'm leaving it alone overnight to see if the 9-10 hour drying session will help, if nothing's changed then I'll call Apple tomorrow, if I tell them it was my fault and that I'm willing to pair for the repairs will they repair it?
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i think the second liquid hit the thing your best bet was to remove all power sources and not touch it for at least a few days, not just a few hours.

at this point you may have fried something. and apple will certainly repair it, but it won't be covered.

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Everything other than the keyboard seems to be working 100% luckily, so I may only need that replacing. I did power off immediately once the spill occurred so that's probably why.
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i think the second liquid hit the thing your best bet was to remove all power sources and not touch it for at least a few days, not just a few hours.

at this point you may have fried something. and apple will certainly repair it, but it won't be covered.
True. Evaporation takes days/ weeks not hours. Give it time. It may be a broken keyboard but it's going to cost a lot more than $30 to replace it. I haven't messed with a Macbook Pro but Apple would need to dismantle the whole computer to get to the keyboard. If that's the case, labor will cost you and if they find water, you'll be out of luck with any future problems.


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I've left it in overnight and the keyboard's completely dead. I've checked the system profiler and it's still detected but it's obviously not taking any input anymore. I've checked all of the other hardware and it seems to be fine and it's past post successfully.
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atleast its not
a macbook keyboard cause those would cost more to replace considering the design of them
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Yeah, with an MBP keyboard you just take off the top case, unplug it and plug in a new one from what I've seen of the deconstruction guides, so maybe the repair bill will be something like £150 - 100 being the labour
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It's looking really hopeful now - yesterday I got back partial control over the software keys - numlock etc, and was able to use a couple of keys before stopping, but just now after leaving it to dry all day and night again I can control most of the keys including software keys but it was starting to spaz out and the u key doesn't work at the moment, so hopefully another 24 hours of drying will clear any water left on the keyboard and it'll be back in operation again.

I'm not sure but it might be residue left between the contacts stopping the keys working, but that's another issue altogether and I don't feel confident enough to pull off something like that, so I hope it's just left over water.
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Well I thought I should post back for information for others.

My MBP is obviously dried out now as I've had it in there since yesterday, but the keyboard wasn't working so to get it responding correctly I turned up the keyboard backlight to full and pressed every keyboard combination I could, this re-enabled the keys for me so it may work for others in a similar situation.

The only issue now is that I've noticed a dead pixel on the bottom of my screen - looks like my crappy luck still hasn't changed... *sigh*

Good luck to anyone else that has these problems.
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