July 20th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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Where is the water in my phone?
My G2 got wet from being in an armband while I was working out. I noticed some water behind the screen along the right side. The screen is not responsive over that area. For instance, I can't scroll by sliding my finger along the right, and I can't use the delete key or other keys on the right side. The phone otherwise functioned fine.
I removed the back and battery and put it in a bag with 20 silica bags for 24 hours, but the problem persisted.
It has now been about two weeks, and I'm getting tired of the lack of functionality.
I used the take-apart guide at repairsuniverse (nice video) to completely disassemble the phone. I cleaned off the digitizer and screen well (not an easy task - smudges galore). I reassembled the phone, and when I turned it on, I could still see the water streaks under the screen. Surprisingly, for awhile the right side of the screen seemed to work. But after about an hour, it stopped again.
I've now disassembled the phone again, and I'm wondering a few things:
1. Could the digitizer just be damaged beyond repair? Can water do that? Should I buy a new one for $50? Is the digitizer piece actually behind a piece of glass (it is, right?)? Is that where the water is? Is there a way to get it dried out - just by drying this piece, say, with a hair dryer on low? Any other ideas?
2. Could it be the LCD screen part?
On neither part can I see the water damage. It is only when the phone is reassembled and powered on that I can see it.
I'm thinking that water got in near the speaker at the top and got between the glass and the digitizer. And I'm wondering if there is a way to fix this.
Thanks for the advice.