Problem after water damage
So my 3 year old daughter spilled some liquid on my wife's Macbook pro... she let it dry but didn't bother to tell me or clean it until a few days later. She said the computer turned on and worked for a bit and then stopped charging
Model # A1278
Thanks to your detailed disassemble instructions (GREAT JOB!) I opened it up last night to find most of the coffee residue was on the magsafe dc-in board in port and on body of the dc-in port as well. I cleaned it off very carefully so at least now it looks like it wasn't spilled on. I also noticed some left over debris on the monitor ribbon connector (Near the dc-in port) and on one small black coponent on the logic board (couldn't tell you what that little blacked soldiered competent was.) After thoroughly drying and re-assembling the unit I plugged in the the magsafe charger and waited. The wall charger light is on but extremely dim (almost unnoticeable) and when I disconnect it the side charge light flickers very quickly then stops.(just one light.)
After reading through many post I thinks it's either the magsafe DC-in board or the logic board itself? Problem is which one could it be, or both? Can the DC-in board be tested with a VOM?
Thanks in advanced for your replies as I hate to have this computer become a paper weight :(
First of all thank you guys very much for your replies.
OK, SO I charged up my battery with another macbook pro that I own (15") and once the battery was fully charged I placed it back into the 13" macbook pro. and It fired up! and looked pretty good. Everything seemed to work at first then I noticed that the charger was still doing the same thing, just now it would charge very slowly with the green light still very dim. I took the computer to mac to get the Dc-in board replaced and the guy behind the counter guaranteed me that if he sent it to apple they would fix everything since I still have apple care, so I said go for it. I got a call today from apple telling me nothing would be covered due to water/liquid damage and that for 750.00 they would repair everything. further more they said the problem was the screen??? OK can a bad lcd monitor cable cause my charging issue? being that the screen looked fine when it started up. I did notice a bit of darkening on the video cable where it attaches to the mother board but would that cause the dim light charging issue? I'm considering trying to plug in my 15 in monitor to the 13" inch mother board for testing, are they universal?
Thanks again for your replies.
Is this a good question?
+ for very well stated question
Thanks Mayer, As soon as apple calls me to go pick my machine up I'm going to try disconnected the monitor cable and just use a second monitor and see what the results are. Also can you suggest a good way to clean a mother board once a spill has occurred? can you actually pull everything off it and use distilled water, tooth brush and then thoroughly dry? Thanks!