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How to fix a water-damaged motherboard with rubbing alcohol

I got a Macbook laptop up and running again after failing to power-up after a sugary liquid spill.

If your laptop was hit with just plain water, consider the rice trick.  Get dry uncooked rice and rest your laptop in it overnight.  Might be a good idea to find a way to keep the rice out of the holes, while still letting the moisture escape the laptop case.

This laptop was affected by sugary goo.  Sugary goo conducts electricity.  Sugary goo can make a short circuit that causes your laptop to not start.

Before the fix the power light would turn on, and CPU fan would spin, but there was no Apple sound at startup, and LCD did not light or display an image.

This method is at your own risk.  I tried in on an already-dead Macbook with a motherboard replacement costing $400-$600.  Totally worth it in my case.  The laptop was already “dead” anyway.

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