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Corrosion issue... new logic board or how can I repair the damage?

Hello ifixit forum friends!

Help me save my 17" macbrook pro (2010) pretty please!!! :)

So basically... I broke my leg recently and have had to rely on others with help getting around. Unfortunately the other day my lovely partner put a water bottle in my backpack, which leaked into where my laptop is (infuriating as I NEVER put liquids in that compartment because... well... it's got a friggen laptop in it [although in laptop pouch]!!!)

I've attached an image after I took it apart (i disconnected the magsafe because the spongey part was wet) and dried it off with paper towel and q-tips (no alcohol i wasn't sure of that yet). I have not turned it on yet but it is charging... Is there any issue of using it before i try to offset the corrosion?

Is alcohol really that helpful?

I'm wondering for some advice if i can offset the corrosion, if that is even possible.

If i try to upgrade the memory and graphics card if possible (video editing work so was thinking of upgrading that part). Would that be done with a new logic board anyways?

Just wondering if it's worth 2 birds with one stone kind of thing?

I know 17" are hard to come by and I'd like to keep this bad-boy going. It was my brother's laptop and he passed away last year so there's some sentimental value to it too. Of course right ;)

I've attached an image with arrows at the most obvious corrosion spots and I see some kinda faint greeny blue on the bottom left... hmmm...

Thank for your help guys and gals!!!


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Kara - Try cleaning the corroded spots with white vinegar. Use eyedropper for placement. If it starts to bubble, it's working. Dab dry with cloth or pa[er towel. Good luck. - Russ


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I like the arrows. So the white vinegar answer I've never heard of, or tried yet. Could be good. Try the guides with the water damage cleaning using 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol. Wait for it to properly dry, test it. If that doesn't take you may want to bring it to a good repair shop, with an ultrasonic bath. To really clean out the corrosion

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This guide should be helpful in diagnosing whats going on,

How to Correctly clean corrosion from a MacBook Pro logic board.

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