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02 September 2008 @ 09:50 pm
Great is my suckitude: I may have killed my laptop :(((((  
Posted from my iPhone:

I reached over to grab a fork and tipped over my glass of orange spritzer (OJ + seltzer). Right towards my laptop, which was on the table next to me. (It was a late, lowkey dinner -- just my husband and me; Meghan was already asleep for the night). Not a whole lot of it got on the laptop, but when I tried to use it 10 minutes or so later, it was dead. Now it's plugged in and the "sleep" light is flickering like crazy, as are the Caps Lock and Num Lock lights (and the fan keeps fading in and out). Not good! I can't get it to turn on -- all I get is the flickering lights. I'm hoping it'll improve as any little bits of OJ (which was the pulpy kind) dries; the flickering lights are better than no lights, which was what initially happened. But I have a bad feeling about this.... :(((((((((

The only silver lining is that I had backed up the computer a few weeks ago, when some sort of cache problem with Firefox had started making my OS go crazygonuts. The Genius Bar dude at the Apple Store fixed the problem (it took over 2 hours to get everything fixed up!), but I am now REALLY glad I had backed up, because this might just be the end. The other good thing is that I've wanted a MacBook Air for a while now (I currently have a 4-year-old PowerBook G4), so a new computer would be nice. But these are not the circumstances I wanted to buy one under.

:( *crosses fingers and waits*

Well, this'll make me to to bed early tonight. That's a good thing, I guess. I hate typing on the iPhone.
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again with the blarg: awcrapdivka on September 3rd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
I spilled a 20 oz. diet coke on my laptop a year or two ago. I turned it over, drained everything out--and then I read that you should get the battery out of it. Then let it sit and dry.

I'm typing this on that laptop now--and there was no problems by the next day. Although it was doing the same flickering light thing yours was before I yanked the battery and let it sit overnight.
Miss Sophia: Gryffindor Braverymiss_sophia on September 3rd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Oh dear god, you are giving me some hope!!! The juice didn't go anywhere near the battery, but all the same, I'm following your advice. The battery is now out, and the computer is unplugged. There wasn't nearly enough liquid to require draining -- I had only wiped the computer off, and that appeared to take care of the mess. I even tried turning it over, and there was nothing sloshing or coming out. There was far more OJ on the table...so maybe I'm in a good position for a full recovery??? Well, I'll let it sit overnight and see what happens.... Thanks for the beacon of hope!!!!
again with the blarg: good luck!divka on September 3rd, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought I was screwed at the time too. I was really impressed that my Mac pulled through. Good luck!
Miss Sophia: Chinese Fireball Ooohmiss_sophia on September 3rd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Oooh, yours is a Mac, too? *has even more hope now, yay!!!!* ... *reminds self to calm down; recovery is not a given*
again with the blargdivka on September 3rd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Yup, a G4 powerbook--it was five years old at the time, and even older now. I can't kill the thing for trying.
Miss Sophia: Cho Rlymiss_sophia on September 3rd, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Wow, same kind, too, and old as well! I sure hope mine's as much of a trooper as yours is. Mine's been through quite a bit, including breakage of the power cord and breakage of the DC power port thingy (both due to my repeated tripping over the power cord >.< ) and the mysterious Firefox cache nightmare. If it survives this, I just might set up an altar to its indestructibility. Just out of curiosity, what else has yours been through?
again with the blargdivka on September 3rd, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh, I've been through two power cords malfunctions. And one of the hinges broke to the screen (which of course has the wires that power the screen in it)--which I managed to get fixed for a reasonable price rather than the obscene amount the Apple store want to charge me.

Poor ol' thing. I have a nice shiny Mac desktop too--but I love my old crappy laptop :)
Miss Sophia: Writing with Quillmiss_sophia on September 3rd, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
The power cords on the older models like we have are pretty crappy. One thing I'm really looking forward to when I finally bite the bullet and get a MacBook Air is the klutzproof cord.

We've got a desktop as well, but we haven't set up an office in our house since we moved in two years ago, so it's gathering dust in a box. :( Laptops are more convenient anyway.