1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Support Touchscreen gone crazy...

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Gquebed, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Gquebed

    Gquebed Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    8
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2011

    Apr 2, 2011
    8
    0
    5
    I haven't had a single problem with my Atrix since the day I bought, seven months ago. Then all of a sudden:

    1) While texting random letters or characters get entered (type a "p" but get an "k" or whatever). Hit shift and nothing happens at all or more random letters type in. Try to swap to the number pad and nothing happens.

    2) The home screen will wiggle side to side and won't stop until I press the power button to lock the screen.

    3) I'll try to choose an App and the wrong one comes up or Icons from other apps just randomly flash on an off in the home screen.

    4) Hit the slider to get the home screen and it goes to a random App instead.

    5) The screen just freezes while using an app.

    None of the above is consistent. I'll use the phone here and there without any problems at all but then all of a sudden one of the above will happen.

    The good news is whenever this happens I can just hit the power button and then hit it again to get the slider to open the phone in whatever app I was in.

    I have no idea what caused this. It just started happenign the other day. BUT I have dropped the phone once. I dropped it flat a month ago and shattered the screen completely. I had it replaced and never had a problem until now...

    Has anyone else experienced the same thing? What do i do?
     

    Advertisement

  2. frogger72

    frogger72 Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    6
    Posts:
    3
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2011

    Sep 23, 2011
    3
    1
    6
    Gquebed likes this.
  3. WolfmanRobby

    WolfmanRobby Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    103
    Posts:
    623
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010

    Apr 7, 2010
    623
    134
    103
    Male
    Systems Admin.
    Atlanta, GA
    I've had some very similar issues.

    It turned out to be the oil from my skin (I've always had oily skin). Especially if I've been on a long call with the phone to my face instead of using my headset. If I wipe the screen down from time to time with an alcohol wipe (The type made for cleaning screens/glasses...), it doesn't do it.

    I still don't know why powering the screen off and on makes the freaky behavior stop. The only thing I could think of is it gives it a bit of a reset. ???

    I would pick up a $3 box of glasses cleaner wipes and give that a try for a few days before trying to deal with a replacement.
     
  4. Gquebed

    Gquebed Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    8
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2011

    Apr 2, 2011
    8
    0
    5
    Won't hurt to try I suppose and I will... anything to avoid having to deal with Bell...

    But... it seems to be more going on here than just oily skin. I mean... if it was that then wouldn't that have started right away? I just started having these problems all of a sudden, after 7 months of near flawless function...
     
  5. Gquebed

    Gquebed Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    8
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2011

    Apr 2, 2011
    8
    0
    5
    Thanks for those links! That's exactly what is happening to my phone, among other things...
    :(:(:(
     
  6. WolfmanRobby

    WolfmanRobby Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    103
    Posts:
    623
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010

    Apr 7, 2010
    623
    134
    103
    Male
    Systems Admin.
    Atlanta, GA
    Mine didn't start until after a few months. At first I thought it was my screen protector, so I changed it and it stopped. Then, it started again a couple of months later.

    I think it takes a while for a enough of a film to build up.

    My fiance and her daughter have this happen much more often, but they wear makeup.
     
  7. Evil.Bonsai

    Evil.Bonsai Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2011

    Feb 2, 2011
    379
    40
    43
    tech stuff
    Austin, TX
    My Atrix is a year old and it just started doing this. I had, coincidentally, just installed TWC's My TV app and then this started happening. Thought I'd gotten an STD and did a factory reset; still doing the same thing. It MOSTLY works ok, but occasionally will start stuttering like this. I'm thinking it's the screen digitizer.
     
  8. charlyee

    charlyee Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    63
    Posts:
    407
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010

    Aug 18, 2010
    407
    40
    63
    Electrical Engineer
    Wisconsin, USA
    Any chance you are holding the Atrix to close to your face and your breath is getting on the screen? Mine started doing it and stopped after I made an effort to hold it a little further away. I am guessing it's the moisture in the breath.
     
  9. Evil.Bonsai

    Evil.Bonsai Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2011

    Feb 2, 2011
    379
    40
    43
    tech stuff
    Austin, TX
    No. It happens when holding it in front when browsing/typing/swiping screens/etc.

    I've found the digitizer for about 60 or so. Might just try replacing it, or just holding off a little while and get a new phone.
     

Share This Page

Loading...