Mac Trackpad Freakout (and how to fix it.)

MacTrackpadI spilled one tiny drop of tea on my MacPro track pad and the next thing you know…Havoc! I was sitting at the kitchen table, enjoying some hot beverage when I accidentally jogged tea on my laptop. Without thinking, I dragged my sleeve around, trying to mop it up, but really just shoving the water into the cracks around my track pad. The mouse arrow starts jumping around, becoming completely unusable. I grabbed my phone and started searching for something to do about it. Rice!

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Get the following supplies together: handful of rice (I used sushi rice), blue painter’s tape, 5″ of saran wrap.
  3. Cut the saran wrap to cover the trackpad and tape it to the laptop leaving the side toward you open.
  4. Tilt the laptop on its back and pour the rice into the “envelope” you made.
  5. Seal up the open side.
  6. Pat down the rice to distribute it evenly.
  7. Leave it alone for 24 hours.
  8. Tear off the tape close to you and dump the rice.
  9. Remove the rest of the tape.
  10. Enjoy your working laptop!

From what I can guess, the rice acts as a desiccant. The tape helps create a very dry environment by sealing out the moist air and allowing the moisture to be drawn into the rice.