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Won't Power On - Need Ideas

by r3dx / May 27, 2013 9:45 AM PDT

Lady spilled coffee on her MacBook Pro. Right away she flipped it over to try and drain most of it out. Laptop was still working fine (she had a movie playing and could hear it still playing). The trackpad and keyboard stopped working so she connected a USB keyboard and while her dad was grabbing a mouse the battery died ( I am not 100% sure the battery died or if something finally gave out ). She plugged it in and it would not turn back on. Let it charge over night and still nothing.

So this laptop has been passed on to me for payment for other computer work. I would love to have this thing working again but I need help.

macbook pro model no: A1286

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So you work for nothing?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 27, 2013 9:55 PM PDT

Coffee and logicboards do not mix well.

I would be that the battery did not die, the logicboard did, and those are expensive.


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How to confirm?
by r3dx / May 28, 2013 1:03 AM PDT

Any way to check to be certain?

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In the shop
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2013 1:08 AM PDT
In reply to: How to confirm?

They swap the items and see which fixes it. You can imagine that folks at home won't have access to such.

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PS. I resisted this comment before
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2013 1:11 AM PDT
In reply to: In the shop

But as we are seeing you accepted payment with a dead laptop, as the damage is what it is, at best you might ebay it off as-is or for the screen and charger as parts. May get a few hundred at best but repair should be expensive as you are usually looking at the mainboard, keyboard and if old, a new battery. Most folk won't fix such a laptop.

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I work for reasonable prices
by r3dx / May 28, 2013 4:16 AM PDT

I xfered the data off the old drive of this dead laptop to the new laptop. I would have charged $30 so I figured I would still come out a head even if it was the logic board. I do computer repair out my home for fun not to get rich Happy I enjoy this work.

I can't afford a Mac as they are just too over priced but I do want one so getting a new logic board for 450 is a little more realistic for my budget. I just wanted to be certain that is the issue.

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To be certain
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2013 4:29 AM PDT

In the shop we swap in the board, keyboard and maybe a battery if the battery is over a few years old. As a tech I'm sure you know how this works.

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Yeah, was just hoping
by r3dx / May 28, 2013 6:35 AM PDT
In reply to: To be certain

Was just hoping there was some way to test it and maybe I would get lucky but I was pretty sure it was the board. I'll sit on it for now until I can afford the logic board and keyboard. The battery should be fine. It's a 2011 model, has a "non-removable" battery. Thanks for confirming my worst fears lol Happy

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