Extreme PowerBook: Large Cup of Coffee Into Keyboard

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Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 22:49
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I got this extreme PowerBook story from a long-time high school friend.

Hey Jason,
Enjoyed the article in this month’s issue of Macworld. A side note that you may enjoy… Two hours before leaving for a business trip to Nashville last week I dumped an entire (jumbo 24 ouncer from Wawa) cup of coffee right into my PowerBook. I had the lid off right in front of the keyboard and then my athleticism took over. I couldn’t get the battery out right away and the thing made all kinds of frying sounds as it shut down in a very ugly fashion. Read More…


I got this extreme PowerBook story from a long-time high school friend.

Hey Jason,
Enjoyed the article in this month’s issue of Macworld. A side note that you may enjoy… Two hours before leaving for a business trip to Nashville last week I dumped an entire (jumbo 24 ouncer from Wawa) cup of coffee right into my PowerBook. I had the lid off right in front of the keyboard and then my athleticism took over. I couldn’t get the battery out right away and the thing made all kinds of frying sounds as it shut down in a very ugly fashion.
Finally got the battery out, went home got the right screw driver and pulled the whole thing apart. Spread across the kitchen table was the hard drive, SuperDrive, motherboard, RAM, etc. etc. A good quarter cup of Joe still in the case.
I let it sit under a 100 watt incandescent bulb for one hour and slapped it all together and after a reboot, PRAM, and all the other common stuff it started right up. When repairing permissions it said that I don’t have permission to drink coffee within 10 feet of the computer any longer.
I did have one weird issue. When the battery was fully charged and the PowerBook plugged in I would get Kernel Panic, but I ran the battery through 5 discharge / recharge conditions and things seem to be fine. Knock on wood, I guess.
It actually still smells like French roast once warm, really. I have no idea how I did not at least lose the HD.

What’s your PowerBook extreme story?

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