Released June 2009 / 2.66, 2.8, or 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor

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Part of keyboard not working due to beverage damage.

I spilled some unsweetened tea onto the left side of my keyboard while it was running. I sopped it all up pretty quickly, but didn't even turn the machine off. Predictably the keys on the left side started behaving strangely. There's no physical stickiness when pressed, but the keys in the second column (f2, 1, q, a, z, and option) don't respond. Furthermore, the computer behaves as thought the option key is always depressed, closing all windows when I press the close button and so on. For a while, it behaved as though the control key was down, bringing up contextual menus everywhere I clicked, but this cleared up after half a day. It's the next day now and I have since shut the machine down, removed te bottom cover, and set it in front of a fan. I have removed the keys and there is no liquid or residue visible. What should I do now? Is there any hope for my machine?

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That's how it worked out; a few of the keys regained their function, but several of them don't work any more and the option key thinks its always down. Nothing else is wrong, so I got a Bluetooth keyboard and it works fine. It even fits right on top of the old keyboard.


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While there is a very small chance that after drying out it could work, my experience has been that I end up replacing the top case on these machine. Here's the part: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2009) Upper Case and Trackpad

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2009) Upper Case and Trackpad Image


MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2009) Upper Case and Trackpad


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Please beware of the different laser-cutouts for the keys in your aluminium case... this means a US keyboard replacement doesnt fit into a swiss macbook pro.

thats because some keys like enter and backspace are of different sizes.

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