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spilled wine on macbook, replaced logic board, still doesn't work

500 points to whoever can figure out what I need to do to make this poor thing run again!
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While cleaning my desk I spilled most of a glass of wine on my 2006 white macbook (model A1181). It's the 1.836ghz CoreDuo 13.3". Unfortunately it was running at the time. I turned it off and let it dry out for a few days but it didn't want to turn back on. I napped all through computer science 101 (darn cushy chairs) so i really know next to nothing about computers. I looked up the inistructions for taking it apart on ifixit.com and saw that a small capacitor-looking thingy was surrounded by what looked like the acid crud that you scrape off of car battery terminals. In it's untimely demise it left a smoky spot directly above on the top case. I found a new used motherboard on ebay from a seller with good reviews and used ifixit.com instructions to replace it. Everything was fairly simple except that in the process i cracked some of the brittle white plastic rings that rise out of the bottom case and hold these small copper-colored bead-looking things through which screws thread through the board and into the bottom case. Again, I know very little about computers and next to nothing of electricity, so I thought that their only function was to hold the board in place. My roommate has informed me that they could be grounding something. After I put the computer back together with the new/used board it still won't start. I plugged in the charger and the green light on the rectangular bit that plugs into the computer came on, as did the green lights on the underside of the battery which is diagonal from the power plug-in in its position in the case.
I spent $250 on a new motherboard and I just ordered a new $50 top case. I'd really rather not have to get a new laptop. I hate throwing things away. User generated image
If someone can help me figure out if the copperish beads are important or why this isn't working i will be eternally grateful!
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You could have fried the power supply or it could be also a damaged processor.  If it happens to be one of these other items, by the time you replace the parts, you would have bought a new computer :(

Apple makes a great product but they have no foresight for things like water spills or if you drop your laptop off your desk or your dog chewing on it like a bone.

Time to replace it with a new one.  BTW if you went with products like HP or Lenovo, you could get a FULL three year premium care warranty that covers EVERYTHING from water(wine and other booze included), to just plain user carelessness for an additional $300 with NO QUESTIONS ASKED replacement.

I use a Mac and Windows machine and this is the only shortfall I see in the Apple warranty plans.
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thank you!!