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  1. RCPD Rookie

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    This morning I had my Infuse in my shirt pocket when I bent over to look for something in my desk, and long story short, my phone went for a swim in my dog's water bowl. :eek:
    I pulled the battery as quickly as I could, towel dried everything and left it with the battery out and cover off to better dry off. Everything seems dry now so I put it back together, and with trembling fingers, held the power button. It booted up! :).
    The problem is, the phone behaves like the "menu" button is constantly being pushed/unpushed. :thinking: I'm think there could be some moisture in the innerworkings that is making the "menu" soft button activate. Any ideas on how to fix this? I've heard that putting a phone in uncooked rice for a day or two will help draw out all the moisture (the rice acts as a desicant, like silica gel.) I'm going to try this, but if someone else has a better idea, please by all means educate me. Thanks in advance, because quite frankly, I can't afford to buy a new phone off contract.
     

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    Well, Go with the rice as IT WILL dry it out but do it for 3 days!

    um also you should have done that from the start as soon as you pulled the batt that phone needed to go in rice!!!

    hope the thing isnt fried and hope you repulled batt!
     
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    Thanks, I'll bury it in rice for 3 days and hope that will fix the problem. Yeah, I did pull the battery once I realized all was not well, and have left the battery out. I'm hopeful that the phone is not completely fried, because it does operate normally except for the whole menu button being constantly activated. I wish I had known about the rice solution before I put the battery back in.
     
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    Oh, just call the insurance company...
     
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    I would, but they would say, "You don't have insurance, stop calling us"
     
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    Please keep us updated as im sure many others will have this issue at some point in time, we would like to know how it all worked out !:cool:
     
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    How long ago did u get the phone?? U may still be able to add insurance...
     
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    I'm happy to report that my phone lives! So far, so good, my phone is behaving as if it had never taken a plunge. I guess I got lucky. In the interest of saving someone else potential heartbreak, here's some pointers I've picked up:
    DO NOT drop your phone in a bowl of water. If you do, though:
    DO pull the battery from the phone IMMEDIATELY
    DO towel dry and drain as much water as you can
    DO NOT put the battery back in
    DO submerge the phone in a sealed container of uncooked rice.
    DO let the phone stay in the rice for a few days, so that all of the moisture is dried.
     
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    Glad it didnt pfft on u...
     

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