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How to fix after being submerged in a river?

I basically found what I'm assuming is a mac book pro along with a charge in a river with a friend of mine. While the charger itself seems to work fine (little glowing green light comes on), the laptop isn't responding at all. There is still some water, sand and other "river muck" in the laptop and possibly the charger. We tried the charging thing but nothing happened not even a "frying" problem. There's also a screw missing in the laptop. Given the situation, something illegal or shady might have happened or some was just really drunk/high or lazy when getting rid of their computer. Is it possible to fix it? If so, how?

Also, if there is a possibility of something illegal/shady on this laptop, do I turn in to police before anything else?

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Water Itself is not damaging to the board. water in it's purest form is non-conductive. the actual problem is the minerals in the water. (Iron, Calcium, Sodium, Lime) These are conductive and cause damage. unfortunately, they have a much higher boiling temperature than water, so when the water evaporates, (Sped up by the rice) these minerals are left on the motherboard. Rice doesnt actually help the damage, but rather speeds up the drying porcess. If the phone functions WITH the rice treatment, it would have worked without the rice treatment.

as a water damage repair, it still is only 50/50 as to whether or not you can get the device up and running. follow the next steps, andyou may have a functional device.

1) Isopropyl: Take a 99% rubbing alcohal, also known as Isopropyl, and a toothbrush. (New, as it can not be previously contaminated by conductive materials such as saliva, or tap water) soak the board in the isopropyl, and scrub diligently. make sure not to be terribly rough on the board, but still use a heavy handr

Check to see if board works

2) DeOxit (Electronics cleaner): I have used many brands, but DeOxit is the the one i have had the most success for, so i suggest this brand. others may work, and it is only a personal preference. spray the cleaner onto the board, and seal in a tupperware container. let sit for an hour, then re-soak with isopropyl to dilute any lifted dirts, and scrub with the tooth brush. Essentially, after the DeOxit has sat, Repeat step one.

Check to see if board works

3) Sonic Wash: This is implying you have access to the tool required. usually need a repair shop environment to have one The sonic wash is a tool, usually cosing between 300$-500$. fill it with distilled water and a liquid electronics cleaning solution. this pulses the cleaner underneath components where a brush can not reach. though this is the most successful procedure, it is also the most expensive of the three.

4) After all of these procedures, if any funtions aren't working, try replacing the modular component that the function is related to. (Antenna's for signal, Charge port for charging, Camera for camera function, ETC.)

Anything further than this will be a board level failure. you would need to replace the logic board

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Super detailed and sounds effective! I'll be sure to try it!

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Hi,

First of all do not try to turn on the mac or charge it, this could cause the mac to short.

then take the mac book apart (if you cant do this you should seek professional help), then try your best to clean the motherboard and all the parts, (try to remove as much water and maybe corrosion in the device).

Do not try to dry the mac with a hairdryer or put it in the microwave(i had to put that last one in for laughs xD)

Good look!

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Thanks; this sounds very helpful and I will try it soon!!!

Would you have any idea about the legal question? Or is that not something that can be answered here?

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Im not sure about that one, but if you want after if you get the computer fixed you can check to see if the computer had being in any "illegal" actions.

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you lucky dog just dry it out like others said take it apart and hairdryer tha SOB

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I'm afraid you may have already fried it by plugging in the charger.

You could take out the the hard drive and connect it to another computer to help identify the owner.

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