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Early 2011 model, A1278 / 2.3 GHz i5 or 2.7 GHz i7 processor.

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I want to buy a spill damaged MacBook, it still alive?

First thanks for reply my question, im venezuelan, sorry for my bad english :S

well my problem is, a friend are selling their macbooks who has spill damage:

the first macbook turns on, but with lag, they doesn't recognizes the battery, they takes a considerable amount of time to turn on, it will works like new if i clean it well and changes the battery? if no, what i have to do with it?

the second one, doesn't turn on, they don't display video or audio, i want to know some tricks or indicators to see if they will works well?

the third one, has the video issue, they doesn't shows anything in the display i want to know if cooking the motherboard it will turn on again? (i have an 2007 non unibody macbook pro and this method works well)

again, sorry for my bad english i hope you can help me, thanks guys!

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If you get them at a very good (low) price they can be repaired. Only you know if you posses the skills and funds needed to accomplish this.

Sometimes liquid spills just need a little cleaning and logic boards revive. Other times there is component or connector damage (connectors actually ripped off) that precludes most amateurs from repairing them and the DIY "fix" is to replace the logic board(a very advanced DIY repair you completely dismantle then reassemble the laptop). Soldering computer logic boards requires special tools, solder and lots and lots of practice (it's nothing like soldering lamp cords or speaker connectors).

Follow the tags at right to see what you're in for. Study the correct guide and notes (not just read them) before starting. Obtaining the proper tools, estimating the cost of parts would give you a starting point.

You can also search for some of your major problems under "most helpful Answers" to research what the problems/fixes were. The machines specific problems should be addressed one at a time not in a multi question post.

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Thanks Machead3 for replying my question i very apreciate it, yes, i have some skills to repair and disassembly all the MBP, but, i know when a MBP had spill damage its difficult to find what its really faulty, i have another question for you, and i glad if you response it, there was some form to view if the MBP will be repaired in the DIY method, like: the magsafe turns on the LED, or, when the MBP the HDD led turns on, or, the fans start spinning well? this things will be signs of a working logicboard (after the water spill, obiusly) thanks again Machead3! :D

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