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Fixed (bong) water damaged macbook air

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Mijn probleem

I was sitting here, having a good time, then, in a moment of dazed confusion, suddenly the tobacco smoking device was far from vertical and the glug-glug of that not so nice water, yep, right into the keyboard, down into the computer.

At first i turned the macbook air over. Lots of the water drained out. Then I let my girlfriend use it because it still booted. No problems. I thought "hey cool, survived that one"

A day later, nothing. Only the fan would spin for a brief second, then back off.

Mijn oplossing

After a few months I bought the pentalobe screw driver to get into the book and get it booted. Once I got the back cover off, realized I had to go to the hardware store to get a T5 driver to deal with the internal components.

With both those tools in hand it was only a matter of minutes to tear down the book following the wonderful iFixIt guide. Found the culprit, a chunk of ash lodged under the logic board was shorting out a few circuits.

A toothbrush and a bit of rubbing alcohol and the grit was gone.

Put the thing back together (frickin all these millimeter different size screws!) and BOOM that apple noise of boot.

Works like a charm. Saved an estimated $700. w00t.

Mijn advies

Get all the tools before you begin. Rubbing alcohol works wonders on internal corrosion.

P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air afbeelding
P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air


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