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charging problems & weird trackpad following wine tasting, what to do?

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Hey guys!

My lovely girlfriend (i do love her, but i also love my mac...) spilled white wine on my macbook pro late 2011 a couple of month ago. I turned it off immediately and turned it upside-down. I turned it on 3 days later. It works fine except :

- If I unplug the charger and stick it back in it will take a while for the charging to start (usually several hours). If I leave the charger plugged in it will keep on charging no problem. I tried another macbook pro charger with no luck

- Only the upper part of the trackpad works and not very well. I have to use a plug-in mouse and turn off the trackpad otherwise the mouse acts weird!

My questions: What do you think the problem is? can I fix this myself? How? (I already bought the tools here to take the macbook apart).

Thanks guys, I really love my mac and I'm an apple developer so it would be really great if I could get it back to work normally!

Gab

Edited by: gabriellouismuller ( ) , machead3 ( ) , Brittany McCrigler ( )

An entire top case is very expensive. How would you go about to repair the trackpad? Same procedure as for the logic board?

gabriellouismuller,

Macbook Pro fully fixed. Took out the logic board that has rusty parts. Cleaned it with methyl alcool & toothbrush. It charges fine now and is even quicker. Bought a new Trackpad: works as new (although maybe only cleaning the old one might have been enough: I'll never know). Big thanks for your help guys!

gabriellouismuller,

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The problem is corrosion/damage from the liquid spill… it needs to be cleaned/repaired, it will only worsen over time. I have no idea of your skill level.

STUDY -not just read- the Guide/teardown & comments for your machine so you do not tear components and connectors off the logic board by pulling in the wrong direction or leaving ribbon connectors locked.

Look at the tags at right to see what you are in for.

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Hey again! Is the trackpad repairable or should i buy another one? If you can repair, how should i do it? About the logic board: Which part is likely to be damaged so that i know what to look for? Thanks guys! Gab

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I have no way to know how much wine went into your machine. Look for residue and corrosion on the logic board… you might see it with the unaided eye.. also look with a magnifier… look for burn marks and swollen components. The trackpad can be replaced (it's a lot of work) but it can be "repaired". I'd replace the entire top case (it's easier) - For future reference you posted a Question in the place where only Answers belong. Please use the add comment link to the O.Q. or Answer.

machead3,

Hey! Thanks for the answer, very valuable! I've replaced the keyboard on this mac about a year ago so i sort of know what to do! Gab

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