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jimbo_0002

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#1 6 years ago

Hey guys so my sister decided to pour water on her macbook then plug it in and tried to turn it on and of course it didn't go down to well. Anyway shes bought a new so I wanna see if its possible to clean the capacitors and get this thing running again or will they be fried and need replacing?

Heres what is damaged

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Now considering that its a mac and I took it into a mac store I don't think they would just replace the mobo to fix it but instead say I need a new laptop, Is there anywhere I can buy apple parts and fix this myself? I think its a 2010 Macbook Pro 13"

Thanks if anyway can help me out or give me some advice




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#2 6 years ago

I know almost nothing about mac's or apple products but judging from those pictures your definitely going to need a new mobo at a minimum due to the corrosion. As for getting parts I've only ever heard of mac parts coming from apple so I'm not too sure about that.

Edit You can try Amazon to see if you can find the specific model you need. I just did a basic search for macbook motherboard and the first item that came up was a motherboard with a price listing of $200.00. Not sure what your willing to spend on this endevor.




jimbo_0002

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#3 6 years ago

So definitely replacement job then? Ive had a search around and can only find replacement "logic boards" which is the mobo,cpu and gpu as one unit which are around $400-$650 aud

Which I guess isn't to bad to get a $1400 laptop going again, Ill keep having a search around see what else I can find.

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Just contacted local mac store and they claim replacing the part will cost more then a brand new laptop just for the parts and not labor, I don't see how that can be possible!?




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#4 6 years ago

If you have no affordable repair option, it might be worth a shot to pull the MB out and the old oven trick just to see if it works.




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#5 6 years ago

Let it soak in alcohol overnight then flush it with distilled water sometimes that can help, its worth a try at least.




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#6 6 years ago

A new sister who doesn't pour water on your comp might be less expensive, but give kow_ciller's idea a shot, in reality you can't do any more damage to it if it doesn't work. But if it does work, EXCELLENT :D


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jimbo_0002

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#7 6 years ago

Email from mac store:

Hi James,

To do a logic board replacement on that machine with liquid damaged logic board would cost $1841.62 - that's $143 for labour and $1698.62 for the part!

So, as I suggested on the phone, a replacement unit is likely to be a better option, given that the upgraded Core i7 2.8Ghz model with 750GB HD is $1698.

Regards

BAH! I want to do as little and as cheap as possible for a free laptop and I don't want to pay Apple, they have to much money as it is.

Whats the old over trick? Do I soak it in Isopropyl alcohol? Or some good ol' russian vodka? Ive never done such a thing so a little bit more information please (cpu, gpu still in? Just the damaged half? submerge the entire thing? etc etc)




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#8 6 years ago

The oven trick is to put the motherboard into an oven and bake it for a while. There is a chance that solder will melt and broken connections repair themselves. Google for more details.

Not sure how cleaning it with alcohol would help. Might remove some of the soot.

Anyway, chances are that some microships fried if it was switched on while wet (can't really tell from the pictures, although it looks like a whole bunch of components have been damaged). In that case repairing it yourself is not really an option and it is unlikely that heating the solder or cleaning the surface will help a lot. No harm trying though.

You could, just for giggles, get your soldering iron out and replace those capacitors (at least I think they are capacitors?) which seem rather obviously burned. I wouldn't count on that doing much though as you need to replace all shorted out components to avoid burning up your replacement components.




kow_ciller

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#9 6 years ago

if she spilled on the whole board submerge it all.

Get iso, vodka has too many impurities to be effective.

Don't do the oven trick, that has nothing to do with an incident like this and will only hurt your chances of bringing this thing back to life.

If the iso bath and distilled water rinse don't bring it back to life you could solder on replacements for whatever was toasted. But then you are pretty much left hoping that none of the traces were fried.

then you are left with the best option imo: selling it for parts. People pay loads for macbook parts esp the case and screen




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#10 6 years ago

It's tough to tell from the pictures, but those rectangular jobs with the polarity markings are probably FETs, and from the look of things they aren't corroded, they're exploded.

The board is probably toast. I doubt that removing and replacing dead surface components will fix it, because you probably have damage to the traces and maybe some ICs that look OK.

But, if you're really bored and can't afford to have it repaired, why not? Clean it with denatured alcohol, bake it, and replace the obviously bad components. Whatever. The worst that can happen is that it still doesn't work and you're out a few bucks.