Spilt Wine on Laptop

By staceyl ·
i spilt wine on my laptop last weekend and i have let it dry out for a couple of days..

it switches on but instantly makes 3 beeping noises, and no screen appears. There was a cd in it when the incident happened which does spin when i turn it on.

Its an Apple Ibook.

Is it dead? if so is there a way to get all the info off of it?


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No way to tell without seeing it

by Tig2 In reply to Spilt Wine on Laptop

Go immediately to an Apple Outlet and talk with a tech on-site. Explain the issue and what you have been seeing. Something on the mobo is definitely toast from your description.

If you elect to have it fixed, make very certain that they know that you need the data from the HDD. Make sure that they know that part of fixing the lappie is to create a disk of the data files that are on it.

If you don't care to have the existing lappie fixed, you can get a local tech to remove the hard drive and purchase a USB enclosure for it. Purchase your new computer and plug in the newly enclosed HDD. Remove the files that you wish to retain.

Learn to make back-ups of your critical data. Do it every month on the same day. Helps you to remember to do it. I have an appointment set in Outlook to remind me to do back-ups. It helps.

Do not drink wine close to your lappie any more. Apples don't drink.

Oh! If you decide to replace your iBook, get another iBook. Your data files won't necessarily be readable from Vista.

Let us know how it goes.

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Various solutions - apart from the wine :)

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Spilt Wine on Laptop

Your beep codes will depend on which BIOS is installed in the iBook. Do you know what BIOS is in there?

How much wine was spilled - a drop or a glassful?
Was it red or white wine - it does make a difference?
When you let it dry out - was it turned upside down?

It may be beeping because the CD is occupied - have you removed the disc from the drive?

Ultimately, if the iBook has died (from alcoholic poisoning?) you could remove the harddrive which is probably still intact, then hook it up to another Apple computer as an external drive.

File retrieval would then be possible that way.

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