Just spilt water on my macbook

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    Oct 26, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    Ok I'm an idiot. Besides that it continued working afterwards then a minute later it was like caps lock was on even though it wasn't. I immediately switched it off and turned it upside down after wiping it down. What else can I do to make sure itsnot dead?
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    Oct 26, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    Unplug the power cord from it.
    Leave it off for a few hours to make sure it's dry before plugging it back in.
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    Oct 27, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    All notebook makers should implement drainage holes.

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    Oct 27, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    Does this model of Mac have a removable battery? If so, shut the system down; remove the power cable and battery; and give it enough time to dry thoroughly.

    Honestly, as long as it was *just* water, and as long as you got as much as you could out, then you should be OK once it dries. I'd be much more concerned if you had spilled something else, like coffee or wine.
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:14 AM GMT
    Take it from someone that's spilled several "substances," including water, on their macbook....Um- wait- yeah..... At first it'll all seem fine and then one key after the next will stop working in the area of the spill... A replacement keyboard for a non-unibody mac is about ?$150? new $75 out of box and $50 used... I've purchased all three kinds- the new is new.. obviously but the other two.... you can never be to sure about the quality... used works just as well as out of box and might even look better.
    Okay next part- If/when your keys do start dying out- DO NOT TAKE IT TO APPLE AND TELL THEM YOU SPILLED WATER ON IT. They will charge you for a replacement keyboard and a "diagnostic," which will cost about $700 ... yeah rip off- instead go online and find a tutorial on replacing the keyboard. You honestly just have to remove several screws- about 14- and unplug the keyboard and then plug in the new one- It's honestly not one bit difficult. Um... that's about it.
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    After you repair it, get an iSkin. These things should come with every laptop.

    http://www.iskin.com/protouch_apple_keyboard/
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:23 AM GMT
    Hope you've got apple care? These days I tend to tempt fate by having a glass of water near the laptop despite the golden rule 'liquids and macs don't go together' ... Anyhows wish you well in sorting out your issue in the least expensive way.
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:34 AM GMT
    BH_nexus saidOk I'm an idiot. Besides that it continued working afterwards then a minute later it was like caps lock was on even though it wasn't. I immediately switched it off and turned it upside down after wiping it down. What else can I do to make sure itsnot dead?


    We're all idiots. I dropped my coke in a GLASS BOTTLE once and of course the location and the angle were just perfect for shooting coca cola STRAIGHT into my fucking Power Mac.
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:35 AM GMT
    noir_ange saidHope you've got apple care?


    No apple doesn't care. I bought apple care and after the coca cola incident they told me I was no longer covered. Care my ass.
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:54 AM GMT
    Sux that happened to you, but for future electronic purchase warranties... SquareTrade ftw!!!
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    Oct 27, 2010 9:56 AM GMT
    Take out the battery and leave it open and on its side and put it in the hotpress (airing cupboard)
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    Oct 27, 2010 10:48 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said Perhaps call a Mac store and see what they suggest


    "Bring it in for a diagnostic, it's only $750. We have to see if the spill damaged anything else."

    I just saved you a phone call. Worship me! Any-who- it's not difficult to replace- open text edit and press every key and see which ones don't function and do- After one of my spills the 'enter' key wouldn't always respond and when it would it would shoot out random number, "1451234 2." test each key- buy a used keyboard replacement.
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    Oct 27, 2010 12:54 PM GMT
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    noir_ange saidHope you've got apple care?


    No apple doesn't care. I bought apple care and after the coca cola incident they told me I was no longer covered. Care my ass.

    There's a difference between an extended SERVICE plan versus an INSURANCE plan. A service plan covers the product itself, while insurance covers your own personal mistakes and other general mishaps.

    If you have a standard or extended warranty on your car you get a new radiator if the original fails while under coverage. But if you crush it by running straight into a tree then paying for its replacement is a matter for your insurance company, not your car warranty.

    I have Apple Care on both our Macs, but not the last and present iPhones. I get a new cell phone at least once a year, so the standard coverage is adequate; anything beyond that time period goes unused. But I keep computers 2 to 3 years.

    And indeed, the battery on my partner's 2-year-old MacBook Pro was dead just before our recent New England trip. They're short-lived, and it doesn't help that it's kept plugged in 24/7 on his desk. But no hassle, the nearby Apple Store put in a brand new battery in a matter of minutes for free, not even time & labor charges, under Apple Care.

    On the other hand I've lost 2 Apple aluminum keyboards for my iMac to coffee spills, one a wired model and the other wireless. My mistake, my problem. Fortunately they cost little, I just get a whole new one. Buying a new keyboard about once a year is my trade-off for having coffee on my desk, because we're human and spills will happen.
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    Oct 27, 2010 1:14 PM GMT
    Put it in a bed of rice for 4 hours, then try it. The rice will suck water out that you can't see and helps to dry it out
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    Oct 27, 2010 2:56 PM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidAfter you repair it, get an iSkin. These things should come with every laptop.

    http://www.iskin.com/protouch_apple_keyboard/
    I need to get one of those I-skins. I bought my first iMac ever a couple months ago and it would be good to have that protection before I spill something. An ounce of prevention, right?
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    Oct 27, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    This happened to me last year with my macbook.... I spilled water on it....and i mean a SERIOUS amount of water....

    I took the battery out.... and put it in a bucket of rice (yes it really worked)

    After 1 week I took it to the Apple Store and told them it was not working correctly....

    The superdrive was shot.... and im sure yours will be as well......

    IF it is still under warranty they will replace your laptop with a new one..... thats what they did for me
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    Oct 27, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    without the battery inside, go buy some rubbing alcohol (ie. Isopropanol) and submerge the computer in a small pan filled with the alcohol.

    The alcohol will form an azeotrope with the water and force it to evaporate faster, while displacing the connectivity. Also alcohol doesn't contain electrolytes (<1ppm) so it shouldn't conduct any electricity and further damage your machine.

    Leave it in a place with air circulation, doesn't have to be hot air. Let it sit for min 12 hours.

    Good luck.
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    Oct 27, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    growingmusc saidPut it in a bed of rice for 4 hours, then try it. The rice will suck water out that you can't see and helps to dry it out


    Rice is good; lab-grade dessicants are better icon_wink.gif

    If you take this approach, though, then you should put a small dish of rice and the laptop in a plastic bag; seal it as best you can; and leave it for *at least* four hours (if not overnight). Sealing the bag reduces the amount of incidental humidity that the rice may absorb.