So my friend spilled beer on my laptop last nigh. I immediately shut it off and laid it upside down to dry out. I tried it out this afternoon and it was working fine for about an hour. I shut it down because I felt it getting hot and now I'm getting no response since its cooled off. I'm fully aware I ruined my warrenty and it's going to cost about $700 to get it back to that. I've read up and know some friends who could clean it with alcohol but I'm just wondering if that will work or if I more than likely fried it when I thought it was fine this morning. Essentially, is it worth opening it up and further destroying my warranty to avoid spending $700 that I don't have or should I just start saving? I'm a graphic artist and I do animations and projections, a lot of work is ahead of me for the end of the summer and really just need some sure fire solution.
Many years back this happened to a friend of mine on his laptop. He spilled beer all over it. He brought it over and I took it apart, which is not that hard to do, but could void your warranty like you mentioned. Inside I basically cleaned up everything I could being very careful with sensitive parts not to cause any shorting. Basically you just want to dry everything out and to never turn it on until you are sure you got it all.
After I did that his laptop worked fine again.
It is possible that when you turned it on again that there was still some lose moisture in there that eventually caused a short. Hopefully that is not your case, but in the future I would recommend making absolutely sure that you have it cleaned up before turning it back on.
There is power to it a week later, but I'm still keeping it off. I found out my warranty is expired and cannot be extended so opening it up and cleaning it will be less risky. I just dk where to go to get such a service at a reasonable price.
If you are worried to do it yourself, a local computer store can probably do that sort of stuff as well. But yeah, they might charge you more than you want to pay for something like that.
If you want to do it yourself maybe start with opening it up, be careful what you touch, and see if you still see moisture in there. Do this in a spot that is clean and where you have no clutter around. You might also want to ground yourself, or at least touch some grounded metal to discharge yourself of any static electricity as well since that could fry components inside if you touch something and you have a charge built up on you.
For safety measures, you should be checking up your Macbook Pro to a local Apple store near you. At least they're professional enough to give you advice what to do. If you think that the Macbook Pro is fine after it was spilled by a beer, there are no guarantees. Although it may cost you to fix it, but it's worth rather than not fixing it and may cost you a lot more.