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Old December 1st, 2012, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dropped phone in dirty water, saved !

Did it Thursday, to picture how dirty, look at the first four letters of my user name

I think I mostly got away with it. It fell from my jacket pocket, into said water and was whipped out within a second. I pulled the battery, SIM and SD card and left it on kitchen roll on the van's heater for just under an hour.

I expected it to be dead as a doornail as I'd killed a Nokia N8 by leaving it in my pocket and washing the jacket before, but no it booted up and worked.

For around ten minutes the touch screen was suffering from "phantom" touches every so often, but it is fine now. The only issue I have is the volume rocker switch. Vol up won't work at all and vol down works when it feels like it. Any tips to get it working ? Incidentally it really has peeded me off, my phone was perfect and still looks like brand new.

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Default Is turning it on again while still damp the kiss of death?

I did this today with my Samsung Galaxy Y Duos smartphone. I immediately dried it as much as I could with a towel. Then I tried to open it up so as to dry the insides as well. I couldn't open it even after unscrewing the screws. At that point, I did what I'd forgotten reading before was important not to do: I turned it on. At first, I was relieved to see the welcome screen. Then my heart sank as this started turning from black to white, and the welcome message faded and became illegible. I then went online and found out about sinking the components in a bag of uncooked rice, which is where they've been for about the past ten hours. What I'd really like to know (and have been unable to find out via Google) is whether there's still hope in the light of what happened when I turned the phone on, or whether doing that was most likely the kiss of death. Of course, I'll find out in two or three days when I remove the phone from the rice. But it might help my anxiety levels in the meantime to hear from someone! Thanks so much!!
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See #1, here.

I'm afraid that water and electricity do not work well together for obvious reasons.

There is no need to dis-assemble the phone further than immediately taking the back cover off and removing the battery, as per item #2.

The two main problems with getting a phone wet are... short circuits if switched on whilst damp and eventual corrosion, leading to failure, if not dried out properly.
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Default S2 washed in washing machine.

My wife kindly washed my SGS2 in the washing machine. ( in my jeans pocket)
I took the phone apart as best I could.
I then got some dry rice and placed the phone into this. I kept doing this for a week and then switched the phone on, it worked.
I dried the rice regularly for about 3 minutes in the microwave.(without the phone)
This happened over a year ago when my phone was about six weeks old, it wouldn`t have been covered by the guarantee so I took the chance of stripping it down and putting it in the rice as a desperate measure and it worked great!!!
Phone still works great.

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I think if switched off when it is immersed, so long as dried out properly before switching on you have a chance of survival. Mine was on at the time, I was just lucky. It still works perfectly apart from the volume rocker switch that I must get repaired - getting into recovery or download mode is PITA. However being without it for longer than half an hour causes me severe anxiety (you think I jest !)
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I think if switched off when it is immersed, so long as dried out properly before switching on you have a chance of survival. Mine was on at the time, I was just lucky. It still works perfectly apart from the volume rocker switch that I must get repaired - getting into recovery or download mode is PITA. However being without it for longer than half an hour causes me severe anxiety (you think I jest !)
Yeah the washing machine is a bit more severe.
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Yeah the washing machine is a bit more severe. .
Yes, my N8 died after a complete 60C cycle (maybe with hindsight the best experience I had with it!) . When I dropped my SGS2, although fully immersed it was out, battery removed and drying out within 20 seconds.
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An update, my SGSII is dying.

I woke up this morning and the home key had decided not to work, power key worked, swiped to unlock, all hunky dory(ish).

Now the volume switch was going to repaired today anyway, finally. So off I toddled to my mobile phone repairer (a good one I've used before) across the other side of Sheffield. I explained to him what had happened. He opened it up in front of me, saying that the home key had probably corroded. It was awful, volume keys had what looked like "fur" around their contacts, as did the home key. The various chips looked corroded on their connectors too.

He cleaned it up the best he could and reassembled it. Charged me the grand total of 5. It still had the above issues on booting. He reckons it won't last another week, and I can see for myself he's probably right.

My advice is if it appears to work after a thorough dry out. Get it checked out and cleaned inside.
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