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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by superdesi, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. superdesi

    superdesi Android Enthusiast
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    Needless to say I feel like a part of me died. Anyways, should I go to a VZW store for servicing or can I go back to where I purchased it (Walmart) and get a new one? Also, how do I back up all my apps?

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  2. The_Chief

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    What happened? Did you try to root it or something? :eek:
  3. superdesi

    superdesi Android Enthusiast
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    No not at all. (I guess I shuda explained this part in my first post)

    I didnt charge the phone last nite because I left my charging cable at school. So during the day I had it one and it died on me. So when I got back to school, I found the charging cable and plugged it in to the computer and it turned on as it was supposed to, everything booting up fine. I was browsing the market and posting some comments and then suddenly BAM it turned off. So i was like hmmm let me hit the power switch....but nothing....i even removed the battery but still nothing! So thats why I'm not sure where to head with this. I dont want to show up at VZW just for them to tell me its not our problem return the device. At the same time I have no idea how to back up my stuff :(

    also when its plugged in the white light still next to the usb port still comes on.
  4. The_Chief

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    Yeah, sounds like a trip to VZW to me. I use Lookout Mobile Security for backup, but maybe your account stored all your apps or something. Good Luck!
  5. photoeditor

    photoeditor Member

    Try recharging with your regular adapter and cable. It's possible the computer just didn't feed enough power to the battery. A good many computers now just don't put enough power out through the USB ports for charging this kind of a device, especially if what we're talking about is a laptop or an all-in-one desktop.
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  6. phwaap

    phwaap Member

    Yes, what photoeditor said. Several reports of usb charging not being able to bring back a dead droid.
  7. BucYouUp68

    BucYouUp68 Android Enthusiast

    And after you charge with the wall plug, you will gain much more battery life. Thumbs Up!!!!
  8. Barbara

    Barbara Android Expert

    Adding to photoeditor: especially if your computer doesn't have a 2.0 usb port.
  9. bhm229

    bhm229 Newbie

    My first droid had this problem. Only way I could get it to turn back on was to remove the battery, hold the power button for like fifteen seconds, and replace the battery.

    Eventually just got it replaced.
  10. TheBandit181

    TheBandit181 Newbie

    Assuming you can't bring it back to life, where you take it depends on how long since you purchased it. If you purchased within the past 30 days you would take it back to Wal-Mart and they should give you a brand new one. If you bought it more than 30 days ago you would contact Verizon Wireless for a certified like-new one. If you had auto-sync turned on all of your market downloaded apps will automatically redownload once you sign in on the other Droid.

    I would leave it plugged into a wall charger for at least a few hours to try to bring it back up.
  11. superdesi

    superdesi Android Enthusiast
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    Well I guess I jumped the gun :D. Vzw rep explained that I needed to charge it with the adapter which made me feel a bit silly. And here I am on my droid posting on phandroid forums.

    On a side note I asked the rep about battery conditioning and he said that wasn't neccesary and it doesn't help. Now what would make him say that?
  12. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    Because it doesn't. New batteries don't have the memory effect they had ten years ago.
  13. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Android Enthusiast

    Your PC probably didn't have enough juice to charge it AND run it... so it shut off.

    Charge it up at home and THEN see what it does.
  14. superdesi

    superdesi Android Enthusiast
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    Ooo i remember reading thread on battery conditioning for the Droid is a good thing..... I guess you can't believe EVERYTHING on the internet :D

    yea its charging with the wall charger and it works fine now. Thanks for the tips everyone!
  15. milrtime83

    milrtime83 Android Enthusiast

    Just wanted to add that by "new" he means lithium ion batteries don't have the memory effect and are a newer technology. You can buy a new NiCd battery and it will still have the memory effect because it is an older technology.
  16. Watashi

    Watashi Well-Known Member

    Here is a good website that will tell you pretty much anything you need to know about the batteries in our phones

    Welcome to Battery University
  17. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    I never conditioned my battery and I get 12 hours with lots of use, easy. I think its a placebo effect.
  18. superdesi

    superdesi Android Enthusiast
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    I'm not sure i noticed my battery charged ALOT faster today. Tomorrow I will check and see how long it can run for.
  19. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    Good point. That's what I meant. I guess if you're buying "new" batteries for "old" tech, they're "new-old" batteries. :D Most new stuff comes with lithium based batteries.
  20. kbayer

    kbayer Android Enthusiast

    Still, I liked one of the original questions... if it could not have been resurrected, could the personal info and stuff have been transferred from the dead one to a new one?
  21. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert

    Old Lithium Ion batteries had "memories" that required a full discharge every 30 cycles or so to help the battery remember what the "maximum and minimum" charge points were, basically its capacity.

    The Droid uses a Lithium Ion Polymer battery which is trickle-charged as you cannot overcharge these types of battery without damaging it.

    Also the USB remarks are spot on, definitely all 1.1 (and most 2.0) USB ports cannot supply enough power to charge and have the phone on and operating at the same time from a "cold start." Many iPod users will remember the days of their iPods dying then giving you the bootup screen and dying again as the hard drives required more power than a USB current could deliver to sustain a HDD spin-up. Plugging into a wall outlet was the only option.

    From what I've read here on the forums it sounds like when you plug in a Droid it automatically starts up too, you can't charge it just while it's off, so make sure to always keep a wall charger with you should you run into a dead Droid!
  22. mtbhk44

    mtbhk44 Android Enthusiast

    According to the user guide, Motorola recommends you let the battery die, then charge it until its full and let it charge an additional two hours after that (from a wall charger I believe). Then they say to repeat this process twice. Supposedly you will experience increased battery life. I've read that you don't need to condition this battery, but this is straight from the horse's mouth.
  23. aloha hailey

    aloha hailey Newbie

    Um,.. I'm wondering about the app back up too. If your phone is really "bricked" it might be to late,.. However,.. I think/hope there's an app to back your apps up to your sd card.

    I hope to back my apps up to the SD card before having a dead droooid
  24. greg72

    greg72 Member

    I'm not sure how going from one phone to the next would work but I know that I was having some issues with my Droid and I did a hard reset. Once I signed in to gmail, programmed my phone everything came back including all my downloaded apps automatically. Seems it's probably tied to your gmail account.
  25. aloha hailey

    aloha hailey Newbie

    I have reset my phone to the factory settings, I lost all my apps in the process. How did you keep yours? Where in google do the apps get stored? curious.......

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