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post #1 of 28
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hey there guys. I have an ibook and loaned to a person who was thinking about switching, and now will. the problem is that now that I have it back it wreaks of B.O. Is there any way to get that stench out? I have used, baking powder, alcohol, and deoderizing sprays, but nothing works. Any ideas or better yet, solutions would be great.
post #2 of 28
Get a car deoderizer and close it in it..? <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
post #3 of 28
[Gross]
Find your friend's porn and have him buy you an new laptop.
[/Gross]

But you could try sealing it in a bag with baking soda. Try not to get the B-soda in the computer parts.
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post #4 of 28
ijerry, get a big stick and beat your friend repeatedly...it won't make the iBook smell better...but you will feel alot better...g

that is tough my friend...even the chilly air and winds of wyoming won't shake that smell clean???
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post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
damn it, the winds do everything else but get the smell out. I called a couple of Apple stores, since a ton of people use the laptops there, I figured that they had to have faced a similar problem...They suggested compressed are to clean it out, and some disinfectant to use on the keyboard. So I made a hybrid solution, 50/50 409&CK1. it seems to have done the trick for now. I hope that it doesn't come back in a day or two.

Thanks for the sympathy...
post #6 of 28
HAve u ever considered the new 12" cutie PB??
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post #7 of 28
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[quote]Originally posted by stunned:
<strong>HAve u ever considered the new 12" cutie PB?? </strong><hr></blockquote>
I want the big boy if I go that route, something about those illuminating keys has me giddy. I do like the 12" though. Now I just need the cash flow.
post #8 of 28
Sounds like a certain Seinfeld episode...
post #9 of 28
you could try spraying a cloth with Frebreeze and then wiping down the keyboard.

that stuff kicks ass.
post #10 of 28
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[quote]Originally posted by alcimedes:
<strong>you could try spraying a cloth with Frebreeze and then wiping down the keyboard.

that stuff kicks ass.</strong><hr></blockquote>
hehe, that is actually the first thing I did. It worked for about an hour...that should give you an idea at how bad the smell was. It has yet to come back. I am going to compressed air it tomorrow though, I figure it couldn't hurt.

And it does kinda sound Seinfeldish. ...ijerry seinfeld. who is going to be e-laine?

[ 01-29-2003: Message edited by: ijerry ]</p>
post #11 of 28
good lord, something beat Frebreeze?!?

damn, he wipe his armpits with it or what?

post #12 of 28
Wow, this is disturbing. Did you explain to your friend that the ibook may look old spice fresh but it is most definitely NOT a slab of deodorant?
Did this "friend" insert a slice of ham into the Cd drive?

I recommend the dryer.. pack it in a pillow case and toss'er in with a bounce sheet.
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post #13 of 28
B.O.?
post #14 of 28
That is really, really nasty. He wants to switch? Make him buy it from you for full price. He must have done something severe to it to get it to smell like that. Hasn't he told you what happened? You were nice enough to let him borrow your ibook (which is really, really nice, considering I don't let many people at all even touch my tibook) and he screwed you over big time. Consider it broken. Tell him he broke it, he bought it. If not, he is not a friend and is taking advantage of you. In which case you should make him pay the full amount.
post #15 of 28
Zeolite.
post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
[quote]Originally posted by Anders the White:
<strong>B.O.?</strong><hr></blockquote>
Body Odor. A sweaty stench.

It seems to be cleared up now. Not sure what did it. I have let it air out, and keep wiping it down. that for sure, is the last time I loan it out. I am afraid of taking it to class and using it, and all the people around me moving due to the odor and think that it is me. That would suck...So for now, I am just trying to keep my cool. It will all be better. I hope. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
post #17 of 28
[quote]Originally posted by ijerry:
<strong>
Body Odor. A sweaty stench.
</strong><hr></blockquote>

Maybe he just had it in his gym bag (or knapsack... some of those things can be gross) and it was in sleep.

Does the fan on those (if they have one) go on when it is above a temperature in sleep mode?
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post #18 of 28
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never heard a fan in the thing, so I speculate that it does not have one. But it is a possibility that it was put in his gym bag. However, just the keyboard smells, not the whole ibook.
post #19 of 28
Tell him to stick to Windoze: we don't need smelly-fingered Switchers.
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post #20 of 28
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[quote]Originally posted by Overhope:
<strong>Tell him to stick to Windoze: we don't need smelly-fingered Switchers. </strong><hr></blockquote>
that is probably where the smell carried over from...his PC.
post #21 of 28
eww... yick.

I have to use a windows machine at work (over twice as fast as mine, but sooo much slower)

It takes me almost fifteen minutes of scrubbing with lye and coaltar to remove the dirty feeling.

blech...
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post #22 of 28
Yikes, that IS a "Seinfeld" episode.

I could imagine B.O. getting into clothing or furniture (fabrics and all), but on something hard and plastic like a computer?

:confused:

That would annoy me to no end.

Here's a funny B.O. story for anyone interested: years ago, in my late teens/early twenties I worked in a guitar store in my hometown.

We'd get all kinds in there, of course: rockers, punks, Dead Heads, hippies, jazzers, country and bluegrass pickers, metalheads, classical players, folkies, etc.

Anyway, this one guy would come in about once every couple of weeks and just REEK!

:eek:

This was a small little store (strictly guitar-oriented), so in just a matter of 5 or so minutes, his funk would permeate the entire store, including the back repair room and the two little rooms where we gave guitar lessons.

Ohmigosh it was horrendous!

He played in some country cover band and he'd come in, usually on Mondays (after the big weekend gigs of playing some redneck shithole dive somewhere in town.

He'd come in smoking, with a mug of coffee, denim jacket and greasy, matted hair. And just STINK. I mean, he woke up stinking, you know?

Ugh.

And he's STAY FOREVER!!!



And other customers would come in and I'd be at the counter and I could just see the look on their faces: they'd stop immediately and kinda have to adjust themselves to it before they proceeded in any further.



I'd always have this look like "I'm sorry...it's not me, I promise!"

When this guy would finally leave, we'd open up the front and back door, turn on two fans and spray about half a can of Lysol throughout the joint. But the odor would linger for the rest of the day. We had both our doors propped open on a 38-degree day just to try and freshen the place up!



We just figured this guy took a shower on Thursday afternoon, played gigs Friday and Saturday night, sweating under the lights, woke up Sunday and ran a half-marathon or mowed 4 or 5 lawns, chainsmoked, farted in his jeans all afternoon, went to bed, woke up and came by to visit the store BEFORE going home to take a much-needed Monday-afternoon shower.



It was that bad. I kid you not. I haven't experienced anything like that before OR since, thank goodness!
post #23 of 28
[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
<strong>We just figured this guy took a shower on Thursday afternoon, played gigs Friday and Saturday night, sweating under the lights, woke up Sunday and ran a half-marathon or mowed 4 or 5 lawns, chainsmoked, farted in his jeans all afternoon, went to bed, woke up and came by to visit the store BEFORE going home to take a much-needed Monday-afternoon shower.</strong><hr></blockquote>

HHHAAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAAHHA OMG!

Body Odor is disgusting! Why on earth wouldnt someone recognize their own unclean stench and get a damn shower...there is a kid in my english class that just plain reeks of shit. His name is John Mason, I will never forget him because I will never forget that smell. OHMYGOD!
post #24 of 28
In my Global class a few years ago, there was this girl from Russia, and she stunk up the whole room, she also did not shave. I would carry my bottle of Curve with me and spray it if it got bad. It was gagging.
post #25 of 28
pscates: Man, I didn't know you knew my friend Josh. Except for the country thing, that's him. He's in a punk band, and when he goes to any music store he sits and plays everything forever.

You got the smell pretty well described too.
post #26 of 28
that has got to be a candidate for post of the year

oh my gooooooood!

now ijerry i sat and tried to imagine, what would make the keyboards smell like that? i pictured him running in the morning, after not showering the night before. then going off to work in a plastic suit in a hot factory, then coming home all sweaty and funked up and sitting down typing on your ibook.

suddenly he gets an itch in his wet clammy sticky underarms and reaches into the muck to scratch, picking up little gobs of stinky grease-like sweat from there. then with the other hand reaches down beneath his underware to scratch his unwashed, unsanitary nether-regions, then rubbing his filthy stained backside hole through his undies for good measure.

it feels good to him when he scratches back there...

and after all that, he puts both pudgy stench-infected hands on your clean, pristine, ibook...
post #27 of 28
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[quote]Originally posted by futuremac:
<strong>that has got to be a candidate for post of the year

oh my gooooooood!

now ijerry i sat and tried to imagine, what would make the keyboards smell like that? i pictured him running in the morning, after not showering the night before. then going off to work in a plastic suit in a hot factory, then coming home all sweaty and funked up and sitting down typing on your ibook.

suddenly he gets an itch in his wet clammy sticky underarms and reaches into the muck to scratch, picking up little gobs of stinky grease-like sweat from there. then with the other hand reaches down beneath his underware to scratch his unwashed, unsanitary nether-regions, then rubbing his filthy stained backside hole through his undies for good measure.

it feels good to him when he scratches back there...

and after all that, he puts both pudgy stench-infected hands on your clean, pristine, ibook...</strong><hr></blockquote>
Anybody want to buy an ibook??


Boy, thanks for the visual.
post #28 of 28
[quote]Originally posted by ijerry:
<strong>
Anybody want to buy an ibook??

Boy, thanks for the visual.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Um... no... I would consistently wonder where it's been... <img src="graemlins/surprised.gif" border="0" alt="[surprised]" />
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