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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by s3user, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. s3user

    s3user Newbie
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  2. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Hope so man :thumbup:
  3. SAL8116

    SAL8116 Android Enthusiast

  4. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    i think its more along the lines of the dying motherboards
  5. Samsparkin

    Samsparkin Lurker

  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Id like to see technical details. I can't imagine how a firmware bug caused my motherboard to need soldering
  7. BigCiX

    BigCiX Android Expert

  8. tmoney51691

    tmoney51691 Lurker

    ^^^^ I know those red lights far too well.
  9. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Android Enthusiast

    Me 2 - made a killing fixing them :p
  10. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Either my music player (PowerAmp which i doubt) is playing up or my sandisk ultrd has been samsunged :( , gota reboot phone between each song!.)
    Been too lazy/drunk to try copyin a song to internal or putin sd in the pc tho lmao...
  11. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    .......i watch listen to youtube instead now for anyone imagining me rebooting between tunes btw :thumbup:
  12. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    It would seem to have to be a heat/current issue, since the only practical thing to compromise circuits in a physical nature. Adjustments to these type of chips is usually in steps (not a like an analog potentiometer), so seems the only thing they could do is either turn gates off to silicon not be used in the chip (probably none to turn off), or step down the power, which could mean a slower device. Depending on the array set up for the radios, they can also step those down, but also would be a likely performance decrease.

    The red rings of death on the 360 was fixed by shipping with a modded board- not a firmware change. Some capacitor/resistors were too close to the GPU and slowly fried. Well, "popped" could be a better word.
  13. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I undervolt my device to its limit and still had the motherboard die.

    Voltage is configured per frequency step so power is not lost by lowering the power. Each step has it's voltage lowered individually.
  14. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    Yes, I did say it tech wrong (trying to be real simple), though the point still remains there are only a few things that can create chip failure and involve marginal changes in heat or current flow.

    Not seeing a firmware fix resolving this. Apparently the 16gb and 32gb have slightly different boards (besides the storage size) since the 16gb is the one reporting to have the problem. There are two contract manufacturers that make the GS3, so perhaps not an issue for all.

    If it is, watch the GS4 get pushed up ;) I guess I am joking.
  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Yes I'm with you on not seeing a software fix for it..
  16. mikeyg00

    mikeyg00 Newbie

    Mine is locking up constantly... I can yank the battery and get it working.... I wonder if this is a precursor to motherboard death? Did this happen for anyone, prior to dying completely?
  17. AndroJOB

    AndroJOB Newbie

    I think mine just died. Shit! Now what? How is this supposed to get fixed? I didn't buy mine from an official Samsung retailer so I'll have to deal with a non-affiliated repair shop.

    I'm hearing that there's a software fix but how are you supposed to apply the update when your phone's dead? BTW, what are those red rings of death?
  18. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    You generally have a 1 yr manufacturers warranty.
  19. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    The fix is a work around which acts as a preventative measure.

    Once its dead, its dead
  20. silentwitness

    silentwitness Android Expert

    Please dont remind of this. Repaired mine about 4 times till it failed completely and had to buy a new one, which failed about 2 times but managed to get them replaced under warranty.
  21. dan44762000

    dan44762000 Well-Known Member

    pretty sure it is a 2 year warranty from Samsung for this phone in uk .
  22. heat57

    heat57 Android Enthusiast

    Yes, correct (for UK and other European Countries)! Not sure about the US. Samsung UK definitely provide a 2 year warranty for 'Smartphones'.

    So anyone with this problem is still well within warranty - the phone was only released in the UK around June of last year, so plenty of time left. :)
  23. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    Apparently it is the 16gb version having the problem. Would not have thought there would be such a difference between two for just flash size. Perhaps a specific contract manufacturer location? There are at least two making them.

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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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