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Old 02-08-2013, 00:38
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Hi all,

A few months ago, either my boyfriend or I (we haven't quite worked out who's to blame yet! ) left a bottle of Moroccan oil for hair sitting on top of a MacBook pro. Stupid, I know. Unfortunately it somehow tipped while we were not at home and of course smothered the mac. I managed to clean it but naturally there was quite a small amount that managed to seep through the case into the internal part of the computer.

The MacBook appears to work perfectly fine apart from 2 issues:

1. The keyboard is very unresponsive, you have to hold in the keys for about 1 second in order for them to work.

2. The speaker is crackly when the volume is loud or the sound is bassy.

I opened the bottom case about a week ago and mopped up the oil residue the best I could with a soft cloth but I'm finding the oil very difficult to clean properly.

Obviously the Apple Store will laugh at me if I try to take it there and I do not wish to make a claim on home insurance unless it is absolutely necessary.

Does anyone have any advice on how I can try and clean the inside of the Mac without damaging the components further? I have been advised that oil will not corrode the components so I think it may still be saveable!
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:37
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Carefully take it apart and clean with isopropyl alcohol, using cotton pads that don't leave bits of fluff and a good quality microfibre cloth. Or ask a third party repair centre to do it for you (though you should be able to manage it yourself.)
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Old 02-08-2013, 16:38
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That's great thanks, I heard alcohol would be good to use. Do you know where I would be able to buy isopropyl?
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Old 02-08-2013, 16:51
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You can get it on Amazon. Or a decent DIY store might have some. Get as pure as you can.

Don't drink it, obviously. Or smoke while you're using it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 17:33
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And it definitely won't destroy the components?
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Old 02-08-2013, 17:57
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And it definitely won't destroy the components?
I bet that knowing Apple's products, no it won't!
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Old 02-08-2013, 19:10
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It shouldn't harm any components, but it might affect inks and dyes used in any lableing inside, on components, legends /silkscreening on the motherboard, etc. Test it in a small unobtrusive spot before deluging the whole innards in it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 20:53
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Isopropyl is what the electronics industry themselves use in the factories for cleaning things. It's safe to use, but don't use gallons of it!
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Old 02-08-2013, 21:14
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Great thanks! I'll try get my hands on some at Maplin or somewhere next week and give it a go.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:04
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Isopropyl is what the electronics industry themselves use in the factories for cleaning things. It's safe to use, but don't use gallons of it!
And don't let ANY of it get into the hard drive or onto the bearings of the fan.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:05
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And don't let ANY of it get into the hard drive or onto the bearings of the fan.
What would that do?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:58
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What would that do?
It would dry out the lubricants in bearings shortening their lives.
It would likely destroy the hard drive if the bearings get dried out.
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Old 04-08-2013, 18:04
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It would dry out the lubricants in bearings shortening their lives.
It would likely destroy the hard drive if the bearings get dried out.
Okay, thanks for the heads up!
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Old 04-08-2013, 19:17
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Search some guides on how to take it apart, I changed a fan on an early Macbook pro this morning and used this guide but search for your particular model.
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Old 04-08-2013, 21:42
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Use this >>>>>> http://www.maplin.co.uk/switch-cleaner-27515
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Old 04-08-2013, 22:08
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Ahhh that looks like exactly what I'm looking for - and its cheap too
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Old 04-08-2013, 22:12
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Ahhh that looks like exactly what I'm looking for - and its cheap too
It is good ,I use it as I do another make I got from a small computer shop, both do same job.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:44
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Pour a can of coke over it and claim on your insurance!
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:43
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I dd something similar years back but it was with a glass of wine I just claimed on insurance, got the newer model too which was nice.
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