Help-Water Damage, now bootup stuck at boot loader


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  1. dishinitout

    dishinitout New Member

    So as the title states my Droid has some major water damage, but after about 30 min of low heat in my oven and a few more hours of drying it now powers on. Problem it is stuck on the bootloader. So my question is do you guys think i screwed up whatever part of the phone that stores the ROM, does it need more dry time (this only happened about 4 hours ago), or should I just try reinstalling my ROMS off my SD card without waiting any longer? Im planning on giving it another cycle of heat/dry time then reflashing everything but don't really want to go through all the hassle unless anyone has better ideas....

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  2. OMJ

    OMJ Bazinga VIP Member

    Ive heard of this happening to a a few other droids. None of them found a solution that I know of. Do you have insurance?
  3. digdug1

    digdug1 Well-Known Member

    i heard you should leave it in a bag of uncooked rice for 24 to 48 hours. the rice will absorb the moisture.
  4. dishinitout

    dishinitout New Member

    have insurance....but unless i want to downgrade droid is on back order so who knows how long thatll be...
  5. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    Ask them to upgrade you lol.
  6. macktns

    macktns Well-Known Member

    i wouldn't give it heat, i dropped my phone in a pool once, wouldn't turn on at all. I left it in a bag of rice for a day or so along with the battery left out of it and it eventually just decided to start working. The water spots went away after a couple weeks
  7. Rice is the best way to go. The problem is, turning on the phone before doing that will most likely negate anything the rice can do. Once it's turned on, that's when the damage starts.

    Still, try the rice, but I don't think it'll help.

    If the Droid is on back order, tell them to send you whatever they have now and that you want a Droid or better in the future as they become available.

    If they give you crap and say they can't give you a better replacement as they come in, end the insurance and get on ebay/Craigslist and find a Droid there. They should be around $175 and since you probably won't go through insurance again in the future with this phone, it may be best to not put money in their pockets only to get a POS as a replacement.
  8. G.Armour

    G.Armour You know you want to. VIP Member

    I had this happen to my Droid a long time ago, insurance kicked in and I for a new one. But that was before rsd lite, I'm curious if since you can get into your boorloader, if you could restore it using rsd lite?
  9. Pauliecoon

    Pauliecoon Active Member

    Had this happen to me. Had my phone sitting outside my shower (only way I could hear music inside the shower [have since bought some cheap speakers]). Anyway, phone magically hopped into the shower with me. My reflexes being very cat-like, I ripped the battery out and literally threw the whole thing straight out of the shower. After it had fallen in, it stayed on and just vibrated non-stop.

    After I'd gotten out, I took a blow dryer to it and let it sit for awhile. Powered on fine and went straight to boot loader. Flashed it with RSDLite and everything was fine.

    What you're having sounds exactly like what I had. Everything's fine now (this was maybe 3 months ago). Only problem was the front LED didn't work for awhile, then it just started working again. I'd say it's worth a try to give it a go with RSDLite, not really much more damage you can do now.
  10. Pauliecoon

    Pauliecoon Active Member

    Would like to add, my shower is very old. So when it's running, there's always anywhere from 1-2" of water in the bottom, so my phone didn't just get sprinkled on, it was more or less submerged.
  11. hotrodz28

    hotrodz28 New Member

    What is RDSLite?
  12. DarcMasta

    DarcMasta Active Member

    THE POWA OF RICE!! Bury that phone in some rice! And pray for the best lol

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