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UPDATE: I figured out how to open up the actual LCD panel and yes, it was water. So I dried it, crisis averted. thumb.gif

This is regarding the display of a mid-2007 Macbook Pro that I received for free at Thanksgiving since it was being extremely borky for the owner, and being 5 years old at the time they simply replaced it with a new laptop. Since then it hasn't been turned on nor even plugged in for over 3 months, so no worries about fried components.

Yesterday I finally decided to clean it up since it was very dirty (the owner used it in her "pottery studio" or whatever it's called) and since I've put motherboards, keyboards, and heatsinks all through the dishwasher previously, I figured I'd do the same with this Mac. So I took it all apart and put the larger individual pieces like the casing and motherboard through the dishwasher and let them dry via a register for the house's central heating (it's winter here), which is what I've done 100% successfully several times in the past.

However, it never occurred to me that water could actually get TRAPPED inside an LCD panel and therefore not be able to dry out.

Today I noticed some lighter splotches on/in the LCD panel which I'm thinking may be trapped water, but I'm not really sure. I hadn't really looked at the laptop since Thanksgiving, so I don't really remember what it looked like before washing. Also I obviously don't want to turn it on and "see" because water + electricity = no good. Nevertheless, even if the LCD gets totally borked it's not a big deal since, assuming the laptop works, it was going to be hooked up to an HDTV anyway for use as an HTPC.

I took some photos as best as I could (it's hard to see even by eye), and this is where you come in - is this indeed what water in an LCD looks like? Interestingly, even with the dishwasher, the panel still isn't actually clean, so ignore the white specs. tongue.gif Note that the first image is a crop to focus on what it is I'm talking about and my lame attempt at "enhancing" the photo to make it easier to see.
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Edited by Nintendo Maniac 64 - 3/1/13 at 11:34pm
 
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Pentium G3258 @ 4.6GHz/1.281v (rock-solid stable) MSI Z97 PC Mate [media & productivity] Intel HD graphics [games] Diamond Radeon HD5870 1GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
4x4GB Corsair Vengance DDR3 @ 1800MHz 1.504v Crucial M500 480GB SSD RamDisk - adaptive 10GB volatile scratch LG Blu-ray drive 
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Cooler Master X6 Elite with stock fan removed CPU fan: 120mm Arctic F12 PWM @ ~300rpm PSU fan: 120mm Kingwin case fan via PSU fan plug Windows 7 Ultimate - 64bit SP1 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
E772p CRT (Trinitron) @ 79-94hz 1152x864/1280x720 PS/2 Microsoft Internet Keyboard (replaced cord) Antec EA-380D (380w) with stock fan removed Logitech MX510 (blue) with replaced USB cord 
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