01/11/2013, 08:37 PM
Help! My TouchPad's backlight is now screwed.
I had a malfunctioning thermo bottle with water inside (I spilled about 100 ~ 150 ml of it into my bag, which was carrying my TouchPad in its original case, unfortunately, and to add insult to injury, the power was on during that time).
Upon discovering it in less than half an hour's time, I immediately did what I can to dry it. I then realised that the power was on, and so immediately proceeded to turn it off. At this point, my TouchPad was still working fine.
I was only able to put it under the rice treatment a few hours later, and I immersed just half of it into the plastic container full of rice, as I believed that was sufficient. I noticed that there were "cloudy corners" that seemed to indicate humidity trapped under the screen, so I left it in the rice for a full 24 hours before I turned it on to check for signs of humidity.
When I turned it on after the first 24 hours, everything was ok except for a patch of wetness that resembled water stain done to a piece of paper, on one side of the screen. The cloudy corners were still present.
So in it went to the rice again, but this time I immersed it face down, and completely inside the rice (about 1 cm deep on all sides).
I let it stay overnight and turned it on again. It still looked the same, so in it went for another half a day.
The next time I turned it on, the cloudy corners were gone, but the water stain remained, but to my dismay, my beloved TouchPad produced so little backlight (despite my turning the backlight on full) I had to squint hard and make intelligent guesses in order to even turn it off via Advanced Reset.
Now, after another day in the rice ( I made sure it was put on a warm spot on my heated floor in the hopes of accelerating the drying process), the screen seems completely dry, but to my horror the screen still gave off almost no backlight, and was "blinking", as if threatening to go short on me.
Thank you for bearing with me in my very long and detailed story, and if anyone could kindly advise or point me to the right direction I'd be most obliged!
Have a great day tomorrow everyone, and I hope this doesn't happen to any one of you!