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MacBook Air 13.3 mid 2013 - Won't power up.

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Hey guys, today I got a MacBook Air from a friend of mine.
I have no idea what the precise specs are, but knowing him, it's probably an i7 8GB of ram and at least a 256GB SSD.
Anyway the problem with it is, is that it has got water damage. When you press the power button literally nothing happens. Fans don't spin up, no led's nothing.

I've read up about water damage with MacBook Air's and what I read is that (because it doesn't do anything at all) the logic board is most likely damaged.

I'm looking for someone who has experienced this themselves or someone who is experienced with water damaged MacBook Airs who could give me some tips and hints on what the problem most likely is.

Besides the water damage, my father had the brilliant idea to use his MacBook Pro power adapter with this MacBook Air, so I'm sure he fried something else as well. (From what I understand the MacBook Pro power adapter is 60W and the MacBook Air adapter is 40W).

Any advice on what to do with this? I currently have a MacBook Pro 2009 which is showing it's age.

Anyway, thanks in advance. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Sleazybigfoot View Post

Hey guys, today I got a MacBook Air from a friend of mine.
I have no idea what the precise specs are, but knowing him, it's probably an i7 8GB of ram and at least a 256GB SSD.
Anyway the problem with it is, is that it has got water damage. When you press the power button literally nothing happens. Fans don't spin up, no led's nothing.

I've read up about water damage with MacBook Air's and what I read is that (because it doesn't do anything at all) the logic board is most likely damaged.

I'm looking for someone who has experienced this themselves or someone who is experienced with water damaged MacBook Airs who could give me some tips and hints on what the problem most likely is.

Besides the water damage, my father had the brilliant idea to use his MacBook Pro power adapter with this MacBook Air, so I'm sure he fried something else as well. (From what I understand the MacBook Pro power adapter is 60W and the MacBook Air adapter is 40W).

Any advice on what to do with this? I currently have a MacBook Pro 2009 which is showing it's age.

Anyway, thanks in advance. thumb.gif

If this MacBook Air is still under warranty, you can easily take it to the store and if the Apple workers are willing enough, you can get an entire new MacBook. I know this doesn't directly answer your question, but this is the fastest and easiest way.
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If this MacBook Air is still under warranty, you can easily take it to the store and if the Apple workers are willing enough, you can get an entire new MacBook. I know this doesn't directly answer your question, but this is the fastest and easiest way.

No, he had it checked out himself (the guy I got it from), but they told him it would cost as much as a new MacBook Air for them to replace it, I'm not sure if he took it to the actual apple store but it's not under warranty anyway. mad.gif Unfortunately.
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I took it apart myself and I could only find 1 water damage indicator that was "triggered" (those white dots that turn red), which was located on the ribbon cable which connects the main board (motherboard I suppose) with the MagSafe connector board (Pics), which makes me think it might be the MagSafe board which is causing problems.

Of course it might have shorted / fried something else as well.

Any ideas? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The first picture is black and white by accident.


Although the weird thing is, even without connecting the MacBook via the power adapter, and just using the battery it doesn't power up or anything.
Edited by Sleazybigfoot - 9/29/15 at 5:12am
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