Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Oh dear god, no

I just knocked a big mug of hot green tea right over my not-even-one-year-old macbook. It shut down fine, and I've taken the battery out, propped it upside down to drain and am hoping for the best. But the tea had got right down inside the battery cavity, which probably means it is everywhere inside the case.

And every scenario I've found via The Google where someone has spilled a liquid on their laptop has ended badly.

11 Comments:

Terminal Degree said...

Oh no!

Macs are hardy little machines. I dropped mine and dented it up badly...and it continued to work for another two years. Fingers crossed!

Jana said...

Oh, no! I fried a Thinkpad once with coffee - only it was work's, not mine. (Though I got into trouble eventually.)

I don't suppose it's any consolation, but the new line of MacBooks is rumoured to be launching on 14 October (next Tuesday).

Is there any chance of getting some of the grant money you got last year to buy another, if things do look bad?

Lisa G-I said...

Three days after getting a brand new laptop from work I dropped a entire cup of piping hot tea all over it. Initially the keyboard shorted which had the mildly amusing effect of the letter "k" appearing every time z,x,c,v,b,n or n were hit. It took 2 days to dry out, and then it was fine (apart from a lingering smell of tea).

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

StyleyGeek said...

Maybe. But I think that was grant money that needed to be spent by a certain deadline. This time it would be a matter of persuading Geekman's boss to redirect funds he could have used for something else :(

Anonymous said...

a colleague of mine did the same to his macbook not long ago (with coffee, so it smells better) but the good news is that after drying out it only killed some parts of the keyboard. eventually he got sick of this and had the keyboard replaced by apple (for some slightly exorbitant amount) but it was still otherwise ok. and was cheaper than buying a new one.

note: this is a good reason to have laptop on elevated surface, with external keyboard for typing!!

Kate said...

I did this last summer to my computer and fried it, but I wasn't smart enough to prop it up or help it dry. I just panicked and kept trying to turn it on (brilliant). I was able to save the hard drive despite not thinking well at the time.

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Oh no!

I know people who've done this, and whose computers have been fine after drying out. So my fingers are crossed for you!

Also, if it's not even a year old, it's still under warranty - can you take it to an Apple store for some TLC?

physics*chick said...

Aahhh! *fingers crossed* Hope it dries out ok!

ScienceGirl said...

Oh no! Hope you will be in the "my laptop dried and continued working" category!

dance said...

I've heard it makes a difference whether there is sugar in the tea/coffee.

Sugar=bad. No sugar=more reason to hope.

Hoping for you--

StyleyGeek said...

There was no sugar, at least. And it was green tea, so perhaps it will even be GOOD for the computer. All those anti-oxidants...

NK, I doubt that warranties cover pouring a hot drink over it. Perhaps if it dries out and still doesn't work, I can take it in and say that it "mysteriously" stopped working for no reason whatsoever. But I would find it hard to say that with a straight face, I think.