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Hi Ed,

About one hour ago, I accidently spilled a glass of water on my MacBook Air 11" bought in June 2012. I was working on it ( it wasn't plugged in, only running on battery) and it went off as soon as the water hit the keyboard. I lifted it off and wiped it. I didn't attempt to turn it on again. Reading on Mac Forums online (with my iPad), I learned it's best to let it dry for at least 3 days before turning it on and I see there are pro/against tips about blow drying the computer, pro/against tips about turning it upside down to let it dry. I did that first and the towel got wet. It's still upside down although someone else on a forum seems to think it's not a good idea. The closest Apple Store is rather far away and I would have to wait until tomorrow to rent a car to go there. You once helped me solving an issue with my Mac desktop and you saved me a lot of trouble. Are there any steps I should take that you would be aware of? What do you suggest? Thank you. Yolande

You should definitely leave it for a few days before turning it on.  Taking it to an Apple Authorized Service Center will certainly not hurt.
I would find some desiccant packets, or maybe leave the laptop in a ziplock bag (do they come that large?) with rice in order to speed up the drying process.

Good luck!


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I don't answer Mac OS 9 questions anymore, thank you. Current Tech: Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.8, Some shell scripting, cron, Mac OS X Server 10.2-10.6, AD-OD Integration, Automator, Word Press Blogging, All CURRENT Mac models, iLife '09 and previous, iWork '09 and previous, Apple Remote Desktop, WiFi, iOS jailbreaking/unlocking, some MS SharePoint (design, not development) Devices: iPhone(original-4s) & iPad(through 3rd gen), AppleTV(all models), Airport Express, Time Capsule Old Skool, meaning I have this experience as a base, but don't answer questions on it anymore: Mac OS Environment 7.5.3-OS 9 (please upgrade for pete's sake!), PowerBook G3/G4(all models), Mac/Windows Networking, PowerPC 604-G4 desktop models, Outlook 2001, Photoshop 7 and previous, Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX Mac OS X Public Beta-10.4, all Windows Server operating systems and use. Dabbler: Newton 2100 w/ WiFi and NSync, Yellow Dog Linux, Suse Linux (PPC), Ubuntu Linux, Vista Business


I worked in IT for ten years with a specialty in Macintosh technologies and Project Management.
I've worked with the Macintosh Operating system and various machines since my first PowerMac 8500 running Mac OS 7.5.3 in 1996. I support my friends and family in keeping their Macs healthy and upgraded. Now I use a MacBook Pro for our home media network and we're pretty much down to iPads and iPhones for daily use.
Most important: I've also worked on PCs for a number of years with various flavors of Windows(95,98,NT4,2000,2000Server,2K3Server,SBS 2K3Server,Mil,XPHome,XPPro, Vista Business), but I've always used the Mac as my platform of preference.
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