Cleanup after a macbook/coke spill - possible?
January 20, 2010 8:23 PM Subscribe
MacBook Pro (late-2008 model, unibody). Spilled can of Coke. Still works, but what can I do about the keyboard?
posted by starvingartist to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
I was feverishly completing a multimedia program for a show I was working on, an hour before curtain, when I accidentally spilled Coke on the keyboard. I immediately turned it off, removed the battery, turned it upside down and waited for all the liquid to drain out. I did not have the luxury of waiting 48 hours before turning it back on, as I had to have the video done for the show that night. That was last Friday.
It has performed beautifully since then, with the exception of the keyboard. I spilled the can on the right side, so the delete, eject, return, right shift and arrow keys are pretty sticky. They still work, but it's not easy.
Has anyone done a teardown and rebuild of the unibody MacBook Pro? Is it terribly difficult? I'm reasonably comfortable with taking apart and rebuilding computers, but I've never worked on a laptop before. I was thinking that I could at least take it apart to see how bad the damage is, but the teardown instructions on ifixit.com are pretty daunting. How hard is it, really?
I'm well aware that if I take it to Apple, they will know right away what happened, and I will more than likely end up paying at least half of the original cost of this thing. Which is why I'd like to try to do it myself, if it's not too hard.