Dropped water on my MacBook Pro

I dropped water on my MacBook Pro. Now when I press the power button it won't open, but when I plug it in to the charger, the fan starts working and the power white LED is on. However, nothing appears on the screen (it's black) with no response.

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Bob (with iFixit), when you change the question, and delete part of it, it makes the answer confusing.

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I think I have this translated. he is saying since he split water on the laptop, it doesn't turn on over battery, but the computer does with the plug, and it boots to a black screen

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To start troubleshooting water damage, it needs to be cleaned off to avoid further damage to work with and do more harm

Take the computer apart and remove the heatsink, soak the board in isapropal alcohol for a hour or 2(you should clean your heatsink and fan too while it's apart too), and scrub it gently with a toothbrush to loosen dirt, let it dry for a few hours and put the heatsink on and use quality thermal paste and work from there

If that does help, it was just dirty

This is all we can do right now till this is more clear on what it is doing after the boards is clean

Here is a page on dealing with liquid damage

Electronics Water Damage

Here is the guide to take the computer apart

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Logic Board Replacement

As per my suggestions for thermal paste, don't bother the cheap stuff all OEM's use, it's that bad. I suggest Artic Silver 5 hands or Cooler Master High Performance thermal paste instead of the cheap stuff Apple uses from the factory all over again

The thermal pastes I suggest

http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Silver-Poly...

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Perf...

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That's the way! Thank you.

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+1, an excellent answer.

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Ditto, especially on the suggested materials.

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+ a more rounded answer. Liking your new avatar, is that Mr. and Mrs. macandpchelp?

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it was taken of me when I was 15 at Universal Studios withe my mom taking the picture, i just cropped it. I needed a haircut badly at the time, but it's me.

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Looks like I've left over $250,000 on the table. Water damage is the hardest thing there is to diagnose. It all depends on if the water got to the logic board or not. It's all expensive. Top case first, logic board next. Lots of labor. Try using an external monitor and an external keyboard and let us know what you get.

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+1 you have to stop giving it away:-)

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well, I've maxed out on points for today so I don't even get those for this answer ;-(

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Maybe iFixit will give me another Tee shirt. Maybe one a year? Maybe a little store credit? A piece of paper for my wall?

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+ I'll see what we can do. :)

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Taylor, that would be greatly appreciated. With the talent you have around there a nice professional looking piece of paper should be easy and cheap. Here's a suggestion: 250,00 points = iFixit Professor Emeritus,100,000 points = Honorary iFixit Doctorate, 50,000 = Masters, 25,000 = Bachelors & Associate Degree at 12,500. This gives everyone something to shoot for.

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