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Smashed GS3 - how to diagnose if it is fixable?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by wildbillnj1975, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. wildbillnj1975

    Thread Starter

    Had a scatterbrained moment - set my GS3 down on top of the car while I was loading lots of other stuff into the back seat. Got in and drove away with the phone on top. It finally blew off at about 35 mph in heavy traffic. In the 5 minutes it took to pull a U-turn and go back for it, at least 50 cars and some trucks ran over it.

    The glass is completely smashed. I'm assuming the LCD is toast as well.
    I can put in a replacement battery and turn it on, but due to black screen I don't know if it boots - I get blue LED and the buttons light up, but then they go out. No sounds, but then it was probably in silent mode, and the vibrator may be physically damaged.

    Is there any PC software I could use to diagnose how much is busted?
    If I get the compatible MHL adapter, would I be able to mirror the display and at least see whether it is booting up? Or would I have needed to set up something on the phone first to make that work?

    I could care less about the hardware - I bought a new phone - but there were contacts and things on there that had not synced with the cloud yet. They don't seem to be on the uSD card.
    The new one should be here soon...if I swap the SIM cards, will that bring my old contacts and setup to my new phone?

    If not, is there any way to rescue the data from internal storage in a case like this?

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  2. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    The mhl-hdmi will mirror what should be on the screen without having to select anything.
    Getting data off the phone could be harder since the digitizer is probably busted so you cant interact with the phone (unless youve ever went into developer options and enabled "usb debugging")

    P.s, no to the SD card question unless you deliberately saved any contacts to it somehow :(
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  3. wildbillnj1975

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    I've seen gadgets that expand the mini USB port to multiple ports, e.g. USB, and I'm wondering if I would then be able to plug in BOTH the MHL-HDMI and also a USB keyboard/mouse to get around the broken digitizer.

    But it's all moot if it won't boot.
  4. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    I dont know how its done but im half-guessing that adding a keyboard or mouse will need you to install an app or something. Hopefully someone can clarify that(?)
  5. borjis

    borjis Well-Known Member

    I've used a blue tooth generic game controller without any driver installation, but you'd need to get blue-tooth enabled somehow.
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