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Tamixes says

I’ve just had the misfortune of having a very full cup of coffee spill under my Mac Mini. (I hope you’re also going AAAAAAAH ! with me on this one….)

Thanks to the ergonomic beauty of the Mac Mini design, the intake holes for the fan seem to be underneath, so enough of the coffee ended up INSIDE the hard drive to bring its productive life span to a halt. I opened it up (with a very big thank you to Other World Computing and their awesome instructional videos on how to upgrade and open up a Mac Mini) and cleaned it up, but it won’t start up…

The fan still works but the hard drive won’t spin up (it tries but doesn’t get very far, the light in the front doesn’t even go on). Most of the coffee was on the mother board…

Any hints or tips on other things I could try? (other than kiss it good bye)

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DaniMun says

Hey sis, sorry to hear such bad news about your Mac Mini :(

I haven’t used a Mini yet, but from my knowledge, the computer motherboards and coffee don’t get along very well – on the contrary :( sorry but I’d kiss it goodbye if I was you :( anyways I hope I’m wrong

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VF says

So you missed a cup of coffee :P

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Australia says

Bit of a bugger that huh.

Water isnt so bad, but coffee will leave a sticky residue. Get a pro to check it out.

Good luck Ste Get one of these

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aRtlessX says

Ouch. God knows I’m not an expert on this, but I’ve read many stories about cleaning a motherboard by coffee (+sugar etc) in various ways that would make you scream just reading it, but in many cases according to them it worked (depents on the case really, don’t get your hopes way up but if it’s already beaten you don’t have anything to lose trying). Chances are always better if the machine was off while it happened. Along with asking on the forum, I’d start googling like a maniac and read similar cases from people on various technological forums.

Here’s just one example I googled, http://forums.anandtech.com/archive/index.php/t-948025.html

Wish you the best results possible.

eta: the first thing I would do ofcourse is take it apart and take out the rest of hardware parts before it gets anything in there too.

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organicbee says

I’ve just had the misfortune of having a very full cup of coffee spill under my Mac Mini. (I hope you’re also going AAAAAAAH ! with me on this one….)

Thanks to the ergonomic beauty of the Mac Mini design, the intake holes for the fan seem to be underneath, so enough of the coffee ended up INSIDE the hard drive to bring its productive life span to a halt. I opened it up (with a very big thank you to Other World Computing and their awesome instructional videos on how to upgrade and open up a Mac Mini) and cleaned it up, but it won’t start up…

The fan still works but the hard drive won’t spin up (it tries but doesn’t get very far, the light in the front doesn’t even go on). Most of the coffee was on the mother board…

Any hints or tips on other things I could try? (other than kiss it good bye)

this might sound odd but put it in uncooked rice

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aRtlessX says

this might sound odd but put it in uncooked rice
...and that’s indeed one of the things I was talking about, I just couldn’t remember if it applies to accidents with coffee. uncooked rice will absorb all water and humidity, the problem when it comes to coffee or soda etc accidents, is about the sugar. Isopropyl alcohol is usually what they’re suggesting about cleaning motherboards from sugar based liquids and such.
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fingers crossed for you

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Tamixes says

Thanks!

I’ll try the rice and alcohol (for the machine…).

I’ve opened it up, and cleaned it as best as I could last night (... sighs and looks and at open Mac Mini on desk…), but tomorrow is another day full of creative challenges, so I’ll try whatever I can, if I can at least recover my data…

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Tamixes says

Bit of a bugger that huh.

Water isnt so bad, but coffee will leave a sticky residue. Get a pro to check it out.

Good luck Ste Get one of these

I think I need to invest in the coffee warmer thing, but do they make them with anti spill valves like the ones on kiddie training cups…

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