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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cjconcep, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. cjconcep

    cjconcep Lurker
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    Okay so I dropped my Galaxy S3 in water (I was at a lake and yeah...) Heeding the advice of internet and family members, I took out the battery and the back and left it in some rice for a couple days. UNFORTUNATELY, I tried to turn it on three times before letting it soak for a couple days in rice (yeah stupid idea). It would vibrate and the screen would turn on, but I read I could potentially fry the phone so I stopped and left it in rice for three days. So on the last day I turn it on. IT DOESN'T WORK.

    The screen is black but I can feel the vibration when I touch the screen as I would if I was trying to unlock my phone. My boyfriend has this cord thing which shows the screen of your phone onto the TV. So we plugged in my phone and TADAAA I can see my phone on the TV. I can send and receive messages still and the touch screen still works and vibration works just EVERYTHING works... except the screen. The screen is just black on the phone itself. So I figure the display light isn't working or something.

    What EXACTLY is broken? How much would it cost to repair and would it be better just to get an entirely new phone?
     



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  2. __mich

    __mich Lurker

    I have the exact same problem, what did you do ? How much is it to fix
     
  3. Jfalls63

    Jfalls63 Android Expert

  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Since it appears to be a matter of your phone is functionally still working and it's just something going on with the display, one thing you might want to try is just jiggle the connector between the display and the motherboard. Maybe it just became loosened at some point. Remove the back cover and in step 27 on this page there are pictures of the connector:
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Samsung+Galaxy+S+III+LCD+Display-Front+Glass+Replacement/28326

    If that doesn't help and you plan on doing any repairs yourself read through the above from the beginning or take a look at these pages:
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Samsung+Galaxy+S+III+Front+Panel+Assembly+Replacement/12697
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Samsung+Galaxy+S+III+Broken+Front+Glass+Replacement/14856
    https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Samsung_Galaxy_S_III
    Even if you intend to take your phone to a trusted repair shop that's what they'll be doing. As a fellow S3 owner I'd give serious thought to thinking about a replacement as opposed to investing too many resources into an almost three year old phone.
    One really important advantage you have is that ability to still access the content of your S3 through that TV adapter set up. Back up your personal data. If you have a computer or laptop copy your stuff over. If you have some kind of online backup/syncing service like Dropbox check that's up to date too. (Having at least both is a recommended way of making sure you don't lose anything.) Whether you opt to repair your S3 or buy something else, backing up your data should not be ignored.
     
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 release date was May 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.8" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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