Spilt milk on my Macbook Pro :(

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    Nov 15, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    Last night i accidently spilt half a glass of milk on the right hand side of my MBP, i shit bricks (as you do) and tipped my macbook on the side to drain it. i then dried it with tissue and a hairdryer. the mac wasnt plugged into the charger.
    When it happened there were no sparks, or anything, it was working perfectly fine.
    I turned it off anyway and flipped it upside down to dry further overnight

    Today it is still working fine and im using it to post this forum topic, but im still shitting bricks wondering if its likely to play up at a latter date.

    Ive searched a fair bit for cases like mine but I couldnt really find any information. Anyone gone through the same situation as and want to shed some light on whether or not im really going to cry over spilt milk or not?

    Im full crossing my fingers hoping i got lucky haha. never going to drink near a laptop again..
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    Nov 15, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    That must have been scary.

    I can't say that sort of thing ever happened to me.

    If it's working fine now that it's all dried, then I don't see why it would act up at a later date.
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    hahah hopefully ure right. im full paranoid at the moment lol
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    i've spilt far stranger things on my Fujitsu lifebook. Other than a funny smell when it gets hot...no problems outside the usual for an 8-year-old notebook with multiple cracks in the casing and a temperamental power supply.
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    18melbasian saidnever going to drink near a laptop again.


    This is your #1 lesson from the experience, OK? You can make an exception for laptops that channel the liquids away (Lenovo has a bunch, and I love 'em), but even so, it's best to keep food and beverages away from your electronics.

    It sounds like you've dodged the bullet, for the most part. You'd know by now if the water in your milk had shorted something out, and the milk didn't sit inside the laptop long enough for anything to precipitate. Keep an eye out for sticky keys on that side of the keyboard, though.
  • willowdog

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    Nov 15, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    how come no one has said " no use crying" yet?
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    thanks for the anecdote vitz, really put me at ease haha icon_smile.gif you're mac sounds like its had a more dramatic life than mine hahaha
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:54 AM GMT
    Worst enemy to electronics (if they are not plugged in when you spill) is sugar. When I worked in IT and my sales people would spill coffee, tea, and soda into their laptops like they were a drain, the first thing we would ask was "is there sugar in it?"

    Sugar will crystallize on circuit boards when the liquid dries. I guess there was not enough lactose in the milk for this to occur (and you did drain it quickly) so you dodged that bullet.
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    Nov 15, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
    Not good. I find most Apple products are lactose intolerant.
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    Nov 15, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    willowdog saidhow come no one has said " no use crying" yet?


    oh god, my little brother LITERALLY used to cry over spilled milk! (this is my ass of a dad's fault) He'd accidentally knock over a glass and would start screaming crying and saying "I'm so stupid!" because my parents put so much emphasis on appearing to be perfect, etc.
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    Nov 15, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
    I remember when I opened my beer not knowing that it had frozen over a little and it started to gush out of the bottle like if I had opened a shaken bottle of champagne. It went all over my old HP Laptop... I wanted to die! Thank you Jesus it didn't do anything but I had to pull off the keys of the keyboard to keep them from sticking. My cousin gave me so much shit for weeks for it. My boyfriend at the time came over the night I was cleaning the keys.

    ExBF: "Babe, why are you doing that?"
    Cousin: "Cause his keys are stuck from all the nights you leave him blue balled and he has to resort to Xtube."
    Me: (Rolling eyes letting out a sigh whilst giving me cousin the finger then beginning to explain the situation)

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  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 15, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    At least you didn't trade it for OJ like Bruno didicon_exclaim.gif
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    Nov 15, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    Don't cry over it.
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    Nov 15, 2011 6:55 AM GMT
    If it's not acting differently at this point, you're probably fine..

    I've dropped a full glass of water on the top of my MBP (twice) and she still works fine.

    Not to mention, I've also dropped her off some pretty high places and stepped on her while carrying a bookshelf.

    How it still works is beyond me... but I'm not complaining =P
    Apple makes a good product.
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    Nov 15, 2011 7:10 AM GMT
    Haha, you're not alone. While on vacation, my ex spilt his beer on my MBP. I freaked out... my laptop shut down, and wouldn't power on. I left it alone for a day, and let it air dry. After a day/two, it was as if nothing happened. Great product! haha
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    Nov 15, 2011 7:14 AM GMT
    I'm surprised MacBooks don't have drain holes.

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    Nov 15, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    Milk is not as bad as beer, I spilled beer on my Mac Keyboard, but Thank Scott ( my friend used to say that because the didn't know it was Thank God) the keys stopped working, I swapped the keyboard. Luckily for me I always keep my Macbook closed, and use an external monitor, keyboard and track ball, as far as your case, if its working..you shouldn't really worry about it, unfortunately that is not covered by Apple Care, but you can always take it to a reputable service place (NOT BEST BUY) and have them clean it, to give you peace of mind!icon_idea.gif
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    Nov 15, 2011 8:18 AM GMT
    I generally find Apple products are pretty resilient when it comes to spilling liquids on them (only if you react fast enough smartly).

    I once dropped my iphone in a (clean) toilet and it survived all water damage.
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    Nov 15, 2011 8:22 AM GMT
    thanks for all the posts cuzzies. feel so good that nothing shortcircuited and that haha.
    good lol sesh from all the experiences too icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 15, 2011 10:00 AM GMT
    If it happens again, rinse it with water before drying it out. That will remove most of the corrosive elements. Also, on some keyboards, the keys are set on a solid rubber pad so spills won't do any major damage.
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    Nov 15, 2011 10:01 AM GMT
    with the solid rubber business, is that a feature on the 2011 model? haha
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    Nov 15, 2011 10:04 AM GMT
    18melbasian saidwith the solid rubber business, is that a feature on the 2011 model? haha
    I have no idea...never owned a MBP. But I've torn apart other laptops and put them back together just to see how they're made.
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    Nov 15, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    I know this works for some phones but if you put the entire piece of electronics submerged in uncooked rice overnight, it will dry out all the liquids. Sounds like you acted quickly and you should have no problems
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    Nov 15, 2011 12:24 PM GMT
    Similar experience with a newly opened beer and my macbook. Seemed like an innocent spray and easy clean up, but a few weeks later the sound stopped working. When i took it in the "liquid damage" and corrosion to the inside was pretty extensive. I had to replace everything.... It was cheaper than buying a brand new macbook, but not by much. Unfortunately my computer was only a few months old.

    Hopefully your experience will be without incidence.
  • trevchaser

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    Nov 15, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    My friend spilt red wine all over her keyboard. A red sticky mess. icon_eek.gif

    I took apart the laptop leaving the hard drive, ram, cpu chip, cooling fan, battery & LCD panel unplugged since it was untouched but everything else went into a full submersion of warm water. Rinsed everything up and let it dry in front of a fan for a day, put it all back together, and the computer fired up. icon_biggrin.gif