Phone took a bath...

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  1. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    A little over 24 hours ago my Evo fell into the bathtub. I quickly retrieved it, shook off what water I could, opened it to dry what I could reach and let it sit, with battery and SD card removed, to air dry. Last night I bought rice, put the phone, battery and SD card into a bowl and covered them with it.

    I turned it on, and it went into a loop wherein the "HTC Evo 4G" screen appears, then the screen goes black, then it reboots and repeats.

    My phone is rooted, with Capt. Throwback's stock ROM. Using Power+vol up, I got to the recovery menu and selected "Simlock" and got a message like, "SD fail init."

    I installed a 32G SD card recently, so I thought the card itself might have been ruined, so I reinstalled the original one. The looping behavior continued.

    Any suggestions? Should I simply leave the phone in rice for another day or two?

  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    since you are rooted, i moved you to the root section.

    can you get to recovery? what recovery do you have? maybe try a nandroid restore?
  3. tube517

    tube517 Well-Known Member Contributor

  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    i think you mean that you were in the bootloader and not recovery. not sure why you wanted to choose sim lock. you need to be in recovery to fix your phone. as long as you have recovery then you should be fine.

    also an sd card will not have anything to do with bootloops. you can even take the card out and the phone will still run.

    if you can report back if you can get to recovery or not. hopefully then we can get your phone working again.
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  5. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    You're right, I meant bootloader. I tried simlock simply as part of a process of going through the bootloader menu to see if any of the options would yield useful information.

    After reading more on the forums about wet phones, I've decided to give the rice at least another day to do its work before I try anything further. I'll report back in tomorrow or Tuesday.
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  6. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I've always had good luck with putting the phone on the charger. I think the heat caused from charging it probably helps.

    Anyway, I've saved multiple of my old blackberries this way after sitting in a bag of rice overnight didnt help. Threw it on the charger for most of the day and came back and the phone was working.

    Just make sure its not covered in water still when you plug it in. Electricity + water obviously dont mix
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  7. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    Here's the promised update...

    I just retrieved my phone from its extended rice bath. It is still doing as before - going to the "HTC Evo 4G" screen, then going black, and looping.

    I can get to the bootloader, but when I select "recovery" from the bootloader menu, the phone just resumes the looping behavior.

  8. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    I would try to load a recovery.
    What does your bootloader say...i.e...can you post back here what your bootloader screen says?

    As far as unlocked, s-on...or unlocked s-off, etc, etc...
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  9. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    When I do Power+VolUp, I get:

    Mar 8 2011, 17:02:15


    <VOL UP> to previous item
    <VOL DOWN> to next item
    <POWER> to select item


    When I select BOOTLOADER, the top two portions remain the same, except that "FASTBOOT" is replaced by "HBOOT"

    The bottom portion reads:

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  10. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Yep, try to install a recovery via either the pc36img method or via fast boot.

    It that doesn't work, it may be fried
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  11. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

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  12. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    I'm confused - how will switching the recovery on my phone help me to get it working again? What do I do after switching recoveries?
  13. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    If we can get a custom recovery on your phone We can try to fix it from there or flash a ROM
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  14. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

  15. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

  16. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    What's adb?
  17. DaisFlaque

    DaisFlaque Well-Known Member

    (A)ndroid (D)ebug (B)ridge.
  18. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    What could I do with adb that might save my phone, and how would I do it?
  19. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Here is a guide for adb

    [GUIDE] - [TUTORIAL] - ADB Guide

    I am not that familiar with it but I do know, in your case there would be fastboot commands issued...And again, I would not know. Maybe I can find someone who can help.:D
  20. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    adb is just a bridge to your phone. you can access certain areas on your phone thru the pc. however, the phone needs to be booted up in order for it to work.
  21. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    If the phone needs to be booted in order for adb to work, I guess I'm screwed. My Evo served me well since Aug. 2010. Time to search the forums for threads about buying used phones and transferring existing Sprint accounts onto them....
  22. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Well, just recently ran across this member who was going to sell his phone if you would like to p.m. him about it?
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  23. elwin15208

    elwin15208 Well-Known Member

    I am posting this just to close out this thread. I accepted the conclusion that my Evo was kaput and began researching for a replacement, and yesterday I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3. So I'll be hanging out in the Samsung forums. I have had some great help from fellow Evo-ites over the past couple of years, and look forward to further Android adventures over in Galaxyland. I can hardly wait to see what ROMs will emerge...

  24. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    man i was this close in getting a s3, but alas i fell more in love with the evo lte. you picked a very nice phone. and sorry we could not revive the og evo, may she rest in peace:(:D
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  25. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    :bath: At least it's clean:hmmmm:
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