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    Exclamation Help! Liquid Spill!

    I was cleaning my MacBook (Unibody) and stupidly I put the bottle of rubbing alcohol next to it and it spilled! I shut it off and flipped over so the liquid would go out. I waited about 20 minutes and then rebooted. It started up without a hitch, but now the keyboard doesn't work and the trackpad is wonky. Any suggestions? I don't think putting it in rice would be helpful
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    Quote Originally Posted by boovish View Post
    I was cleaning my MacBook (Unibody) and stupidly I put the bottle of rubbing alcohol next to it and it spilled! I shut it off and flipped over so the liquid would go out. I waited about 20 minutes and then rebooted. It started up without a hitch, but now the keyboard doesn't work and the trackpad is wonky. Any suggestions? I don't think putting it in rice would be helpful
    SHUT IT OFF AND LEAVE IT OFF. Rubbing alcohol evaporates pretty quickly in the air, but in a closed/confided space, it’s still liquid and liquid and power don’t do your devices any good when combined.

    Take off the back and let the thing air dry for at least a couple of hours... and since you already applied power, you have to face the fact that something could have gotten fried. Leave it off for a minimum of a couple of hours and let it dry.

    FWIW, I have survived 2 spills on my rMBP... but opening the back, turning it off and LEAVING it off are incredibly important... let it dry out and be patient.
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    Thank you. When I spilled it I was entirely freaked out. I should probably move it to the basement its always windy
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    Default Re: Help! Liquid Spill!

    It is generally recommended that you leave the machine off for 24 hours...if you're already experiencing issues with your keyboard as you described, the damage COULD already be done (and since the logic board is connected to the keyboard, once that is fried the computer is toast, and the repair is pretty expensive).
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    Default Re: Help! Liquid Spill!

    Related question I've always wondered about: what's the best way to turn off a computer or iPhone after a spill? It seems like just that act would also introduce some sort of electrical event into the equation, no?
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    Default Re: Help! Liquid Spill!

    Quote Originally Posted by Massie View Post
    Related question I've always wondered about: what's the best way to turn off a computer or iPhone after a spill? It seems like just that act would also introduce some sort of electrical event into the equation, no?
    I guess you have to just turn it off .. No special way but removing power from it if liquids touches a section that has power it could short it out.
    With rubbing alcohol I would personally leave it off for a couple hours and blow a hair dryer to make it evaporate faster before turning it on.


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    The same thing happened to me with a Sony Experia, only I spilled it with coffee. Unfortunately
    Now I have an iPhone 5 and don't risk it anymore... found a site where I can insure it pretty cheap from theft and from my own clumsiness...
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    Default Re: Help! Liquid Spill!

    Quote Originally Posted by camino1982 View Post
    The same thing happened to me with a Sony Experia, only I spilled it with coffee. Unfortunately
    Now I have an iPhone 5 and don't risk it anymore... found a site where I can insure it pretty cheap from theft and from my own clumsiness...
    That's only for the UK, correct?

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