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Old Mar 8th, 2008, 02:11 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Coffee + macbook pro?

Now, myself, I'm a lover of coffee, nothing in the world that is better. However, I believe my macbook pro has a different opinion.

If you haven't guessed by now, I spilled coffee on my macbook pro. I shut it down (it didn't do it automatically) and I took out the battery ... there was coffee on the leads of the battery.

The coffee was black, so I'm hoping that there won't be much stickyness like there would be with cream and sugar.

I have taken just the battery and the ram cover off as I don't have a torx screwdriver small enough to continue the mission.

How long should I wait to be confident that all of the coffee has dried up? I'm thinking 24 hours?

It wasn't a really large amount of coffee, the most of it came out when I immediately turned it upside down, when I took out the battery there were a few spots with a drop or two of coffee on it, but not much.

Any tips would be helpful, thanks
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Old Mar 8th, 2008, 03:26 PM   #2
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when my Blackberry go's for a drink i put it in a small ziplock bag filled 1/2 way with white rice and in 24 hours iti is dry as a bone

don't really know about coffee as that has something else then water in it but to dry it out i would put about 3-6 cups of white rice in a bag and put the MBP in that and tie it up

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Old Mar 8th, 2008, 03:26 PM   #3
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Leave it off for a full 2 days. Unless you're experienced with taking apart Mac portables and assessing liquid damage, do not try to take it apart further - you risk doing more bad than good.
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Old Mar 10th, 2008, 09:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for your responses, sadly, it is dead.

It wants to start, but the screen doesn't come on and the button at the front just blinks.

Now, obviously AppleCare doesn't cover my genius-self pouring coffee on my laptop, however will they look at it to see exactly what is damaged (covered by AppleCare) so I can try and look for someone else to repair it?

Also, I see that there are people who are Authorized Apple Dealers, but are they able to service my computer without voiding my AppleCare?

I've talked to a Apple Heskdesk person who said it's most likely the logic board and for Apple to replace it, with service it would be around $1300, however, I'm a broke college student, so $1300 isn't really possible for me. Does anyone know where there is cheap Apple technicians that don't void the AppleCare (if that's even possible)?

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Old Mar 10th, 2008, 10:06 AM   #6
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Ah LiquidFiend your screen name explains your predicament. You will be charged for the diagnosis. I know we were charged for the spill diagnosis on our now dead and gone iBook and we had Applecare as well.
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Old Mar 10th, 2008, 10:09 AM   #7
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I'm not an Apple tech, but I'm pretty sure your warrant is void since liquid damage is not covered. It's also possible that if you buy a new logic board, have an authorized Apple repair service replace yours, and find there are still problems, that Apple will blame those problems on the liquid damage.

Sorry about your loss.

How did you purchase the laptop? Many credit cards, especially the gold kind, extend warranty coverage in some ways, chronologically if not against damage.

Better though is this: do you have home insurance? Even basic home insurance coverage may cover this kind of damage.
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Old Mar 10th, 2008, 10:51 AM   #8
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I purchased the laptop half on a student visa, and half on debit, so I'm assuming I do not have any insurance on that, but I will check it out.

As far as home insurance, I live with my parents so I would have to ask them about it.

Thanks for the advice.

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There could be other internal components damaged by the liquid (hdd, ram, optical drive, keyboard, airport card) so before buying a motherboard replacement all theses parts should be tested individually. You should try to find someone who can test them. Can you tell us the MBP model ?
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yea, it's the MBP 15" 2.2Ghz core 2 duo
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