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Sudden death happening to S3's

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jimdriver2, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. jimdriver2

    jimdriver2 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Has anyone else's S3 suddenly died on them? Mine was working fine until about 2pm today when I attempted to wake it up and got nothing. Tried battery pulling, restarting etc and I get nothing. The LED doesn't even come on when it's put on charge.

    Turns out it's not just a random thing, it's happening to S3's all over. Seems a lot of us are having motherboards die at the 6 month mark. I had mine on release and it's been fine until now, and I've not rooted it or done anything non-standard on it.

    Here's some articles reporting it and a massive thread on XDA:

    Samsung Galaxy S3 Sudden Death Syndrome
    Galaxy S3 Sudden Crash - Samsung Update
    Samsung Galaxy S3 Users Report "Sudden Death" Issue
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1993044

    Anyone else had this? Very inconvenient time to have this happen. Christmas will basically mean I won't have it for about 3 weeks now.
     



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  2. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    yes apparently motherboards are dying. send it into samsung and they will send a new one, doesnt matter if your phone has been rooted or anything. it does seem to be happening to quite a few phones, but they are getting them exchanged fast
     
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  3. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Things die. People should get over it. Manufacturing defects are common place. Not one electronic device has a 100% track record.

    My s3 died due to motherboard failure. I got it repaired under warranty. Inconvenient? Sure. Was I outraged? No.
     
  5. outerub

    outerub Member

    Is there any pattern to the issue? ie: model or area ?
     
  6. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    Irrelevant due to merge of threads.
     
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  7. Funnyusername

    Funnyusername Android Enthusiast

    To say that "its happening everywhere" is probably not accurate. Sure it happens, every electronic in the world has problems. It is what it is and you should have no problem getting a new phone with no monetary cost. But compare it to the number of working phones and I would say its not considered a giant issue (yet).

    Good luck with future motherboards.
     
  8. wraithevolution

    wraithevolution Well-Known Member

    I read on XDA that this has been affecting the international versions. I didn't see anything about US versions but I didn't really look into it.
     
  9. davidmanvell

    davidmanvell Android Enthusiast

    The S3 is the worlds best selling pone. Yes there will be some dead units; it happens. Those articles are only trying to stir up crap. I'm on a lot of Android forums and don't think I have ever seen a single post with this issue. Now every website is reposting that same article making it sound like a major problem. It's not wide spread problem at all and if it happens your phone is under warranty and you can easily get it replaced.
     
  10. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

  11. streetkilln

    streetkilln Android Enthusiast

    if mine dies time for a g note 2
     
  12. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    My buddy just got one. I've laughed at the thought of using a phone that big but damn that thing is a monster. Combine it with T mobile's HSPA+42 and you've got 20+ mbps speed on several plans under $60 all the way to $30. It's a nasty combination.
     
  13. streetkilln

    streetkilln Android Enthusiast

    the size seems pretty big but i got big hands so i wouldnt mind. yes it dose look like a beat of a phone. i like the features.
     
  14. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    Yeah it's looking like the screen size averaging might be going up with the phones that are potentially coming out next year. 5" might become the new 4" in terms of standard. I myself think 4.5 to 4.8 is just right.
     
  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Here's the thread I started when it happened to me:

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s3/648286-rip-s3-_.html

    ...and 4 others since I have also commented on:

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s3/664823-my-galaxy-s3-just-died-me.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s3/664406-new-motherboard-my-samsung-s3.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s3/660510-phone-just-died.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s3/657701-dead-samsung.html

    You have seen this issue before because you commented in the second link.
     
  16. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    That post was just a couple days ago too. I thought my memory was bad :p
     

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