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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Ze2o, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Ze2o

    Ze2o Well-Known Member
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    So I got my phone wet and there are some water spots inside the screen. I quickly pulled the battery out and dried the phone with a towel+shaking the hell out of it. I then got a container and poured white rice into it and threw my phone and submerged it in the rice. A day had passed and I opened the lid and took out my phone to see how it was doing. Well the water spots are still there but I can see that it's drying up, that's the good news. The bad news is that the rice went inside the small holes where the battery cover locks into the phone. Now every time I shake it, i hear the rice rattling inside my phone. :D

    Just a heads up if you ever do the rice drying trick. Either leave the battery cover on or cover up the holes with tape or something.
     

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  2. m4bandit

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    I got water under my screen when I installed that stupid invisibleShield. Blow dryer + 1 minute = dry with tiny water spot.
     
  3. dr g

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    it works even better if you toast the rice first.
     
  4. Ze2o

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    Yeah, you shouldn't blow dry the phone because it could damage the circuits or melt any adhesive holding the phone in place.
     
  5. Ze2o

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    Maybe if i toast the rice that's inside my phone! Sweet idea!!!:D
     
  6. jlhopwo

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    True story- my wife dropped her 3GS iPhone in the toilet (don't ask...) Fished it out immediately (no, it was just water), brought it to me freaking out. Shook as much excess water out as possible, filled a tupperware container with rice (plain rice, right out of the bag, you want it to absorb moisture), and buried it. After 10 hours or so, took it out and applied blow dryer to top and bottom edges. Wouldn't let her turn it on for two days. Every few hours, she would blow dry it for about half an hour, then back into the rice.

    After two days, turned it on- worked like nothing ever happened. No marks, no spots, no hiccups.
     
  7. RaiseUp151z

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    When I first got the phone I never noticed any problems with the screen. But now there is a white spot in the middle of the screen...I can clearly see it in white & grey. First I though pixel might be dead...ran couple of apps ....including jscreen fix. nothing has been working.

    Do you guys think its water damage also when I installed the screen protector? it's been about 1 week since I took the screen protector off I like it naked. But that white spot annoys the shit out of me.... Just don't want to go through the hassle of exchanging for a new phone if I can just fix it...
     
  8. Ze2o

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    It's probably not a wet spot. If the surroundings of the screen doesn't have any evidence of water/moisture, it wouldn't be logical to have the wet spot right in the middle and just stay there. If you did get the sides of the screen wet then it could be a rouge wet spot. Dead pixels aren't white, they're usually red/orange or black. Could just be a bad screen.
     
  9. BetterMost

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    The best type of rice to use is INSTANT not regular. Since instant rice is cooked then dehydrated it really likes to absorb water when exposed to it.

    The handset is really easy to take apart. Just remove the battery cover the battery and SD card first. Then get a small Torx T-5 driver and remove the 6 chassis screws. Then with your fingernails or a very thin credit card slip them in the crack between the shiny front half and the dull back half. the release tabs are located at the 10 after the hour position the 20 after the hour the 40 after the hour and the 50 after the hour positions. Then the red part and that dull black/gray surround will come off as one piece exposing the mother board. This should be enough for you to get rid of the rice and also dry it out better. At this point you can also remove the Mother board by removing the tiny Phillips screw located near the earphone jack area the board will then flip off the back of the screen but be VERY CAREFUL there are ribbon connectors that can be damaged with careless handling.
     
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  10. horadin

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    Even better, buy some desiccant. It is made to do what you are trying to do with rice and does the job 1000x better.
     
  11. Bomix

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    what about sticky rice.. I love that junk.. it's usually called sweet rice.
     
  12. Camaro6700

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    I had the same issue with the rice when I dried my EVO. I had to shake it for about 10 minutes to get them all to fall out of the small holes. I tried to make it into a little game. They eventually all came out. The last one took the longest, but eventually fell.
     
  13. RaiseUp151z

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    how long before did u take the EVO out of the rice?
     
  14. nomunk

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    lol that is so funny but thanks for the tip, and hopefully your phone starts working again
     
  15. mak916

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    Don't know if that would work but I guess its worth a try. White or purple? lol
     
  16. RagingSamster

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    A state of Divine Grace
    mmmmm teriyaki Evo!
     
  17. Camaro6700

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    I left the phone in the rice for 24 hrs.
     
  18. Bomix

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    WHAT? there are other people out there who eat purple sticky rice? Awesome!
     
  19. mak916

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    Purple sticky rice is my favorite. lol. I would not want to use purple sticky rice to get the water out of my phone unless there was no other rice in the house. I like my phone but don't want to waste my purple sticky rice.
     
  20. Wifi-Naught Odin

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    HTC Evo 4G Teardown
    at ifixit.com

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Device/HTC_Evo_4G

    (link fixed. thanks scorp;)
     
  21. trife

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    I remember using 99% rubbing alcohol on the keyboard when i spilled something in it.
    no go for phones?
     
  22. ScorpDX

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    I do some stuff and get paid for it...that's all t
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  23. Drew5150

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    My wife did this with older phone. It was big but not as wide as an iphone. Only it went down the hole and never came back :eek:
     
  24. Drew5150

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    i just started getting this last week. its an lcd panel issue. your phone or lcd panel will need to be replaced. this type off stuff can be common on tv's too, usually in corners and is referred to has flashlighting. the white dot is the backlight shining through the lcd.

    i can only see it on white pages and doesn't seem to affect colored pages even light colors. we have a manufacturers warranty of a year and i have sprint insurance. i am going to wait until newer evo versions are out to seek repair. it doesn't bother me that much. i would exchange if i was still within 30 days tho.
     
  25. TheGrimyPIT

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    well i was showering using hot water and my htc evo shift phone was completely dry from what i thought no harm on the sink. but it seems the steam from the hot water condensed on top of my screen and by the time i got out of the shower and noticed it was already too late. the top of my screen was completely dry but inside the screen has horrible water spots. my phone is functional but it looks absolutely horrible. i really need advice fast on what to do:(.
     
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