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  1.    #1  
    Yep, I'm an ***. Just found my Treo on the bottom of the laundry machine. Anyone every have theirs recover?

    I reset the device and it loaded to the Bootloader screen, hand like three colors on it which looked part of the screen, so maybe the memory got whiped. I'm currently drying it with a hair dryer..
    current: GSM Unlocked, SonyEricsson T610 Unlocked
    macuser: AI 1.5 & Pismo 500
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    After drying it for a few minutes, I tried it again and it booted to the main OS. I might be lucky.. but the screen looks wet, like it was through water, cause well it was..
    current: GSM Unlocked, SonyEricsson T610 Unlocked
    macuser: AI 1.5 & Pismo 500
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    If your not technically challenged then I recommend you turn it off immediately and then take it apart to dry the inside real good before you get a short circuit from the water.

    I'm surprised it's even working after such an abuse.
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    working on it now. i'm guessing there is a hidden screw underneath the label? can anyone point me to a takeapart guide?
    current: GSM Unlocked, SonyEricsson T610 Unlocked
    macuser: AI 1.5 & Pismo 500
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    Sorry, can't help you there as I never had taken my treo apart. Just make sure that after you do take it apart lay all the parts to dry over night. Use a regular fan over it as the blowdryer might ruin thr screen.
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    k, its apart and a fan blowing on it, i'll check around 10am tomorrow and put it back together, so thats like 18 hrs under the fan.
    current: GSM Unlocked, SonyEricsson T610 Unlocked
    macuser: AI 1.5 & Pismo 500
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    I saw a good tip in a Video Camera forum for a Camera that took a bath. If you have any of those moisture capture packets that come in most electronics boxes. Place the phone and severap of these packets in a sealed zip lock and let it dry in a warm location. I would try this after you have let it dry under the fan for a while.
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    Wish ya luck Neps, truly. I'm eager to hear how your situation turns out. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
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    I just cleaned my Treo out the other day (should have taken pictures). I guess sushi and sending an email at the same time isn't recommended to keep your keys from sticking

    I will take some pictures for you...
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    current: GSM Unlocked, SonyEricsson T610 Unlocked
    macuser: AI 1.5 & Pismo 500
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    lol...well at least I got distracted by football and only got halfway through of putting a how to together

    Personally, I would say just let it sit out for a couple of hours. Don't use any heat source on it (hair dryer, etc) and then ensure that everything is dry. The fan is a good idea. Flip everything over every 30 minutes or so and when you think it is dry, hook everything back up (don't screw anything in yet just in case you think you need to take it apart. Fire it up and see how it goes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgps
    I saw a good tip in a Video Camera forum for a Camera that took a bath. If you have any of those moisture capture packets that come in most electronics boxes. Place the phone and severap of these packets in a sealed zip lock and let it dry in a warm location. I would try this after you have let it dry under the fan for a while.
    If you don't have any of those, look in an aspirin bottle. You might have one in there.
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    Here's how to de-water. I've done it.

    If you don't mind ruining your warranty pull the whole thing apart (the sticker in the upper right screw hole covers a screw and kills your warranty). Take it apart carefully and use a Q-tip to clean all water you can find. Blow dry it (not too hot). Also, get a tupperware bowl and put it inside that with a few silica gel packs and close it up for a day. Also , if there is water behind the glass on the screen let it sit outside in direct sunlight for a few hours (took me three days). The only place I failed is manhandling the keyboard ribbon which eventually broke. Don't do that. Your treo *should be fine.

    Where to find gel packs- the box of anything electronic you have purchased (Hard drives are a good one) Also- bags of Beef Jerky have them.

    Hope this helps.

    edit: Someone mentioned NOT to keep it in the sun/direct sunlight. This makes sense to me, and it always is a bad idea to have an LCD in the sun. However- this was the ONLY thing that eventually got water from underneath the screen (There was a LOT!) I would recommend NOT putting it in the sunlight, unless it has this problem. The screen was fine after three days in the sun, but I don't recommend it unless needed.
    Last edited by zorro869; 10/10/2005 at 05:34 PM.
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    Wow...not bad. Definately words from a man who's done this before. This thread is bookmarked just in case
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    K, well here is my plan and zorro869 thanks for your help, let me know what you think of this:

    - I dried it with a hair drier for 20 minutes, 10 of which was hot, whoops.

    - I then took it apart and have been drying it with a fan constantly on it, rotating them every hour. I will let this go until 7am in the morning.

    - Then I will put it in tuperware with the two silica packs I found for another 10 hours and then reassemble.

    The unit looks visibly dry, just want to be sure the hidden stuff gets done. Is it smarter at this point to stop the blowing air (its been going for like 3 hours) and put it in the silica overnight, which will dry better?
    current: GSM Unlocked, SonyEricsson T610 Unlocked
    macuser: AI 1.5 & Pismo 500
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    also i remember someone saying you can rinse electronics in desalunated water?
    current: GSM Unlocked, SonyEricsson T610 Unlocked
    macuser: AI 1.5 & Pismo 500
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    Yes, you can. When circuit boards are made, they are actually placed in a dishwasher

    You can also wash your computer keyboard in the dishwasher...Just don't use soap
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    My 2 cents:
    -If it looks dry, don't deep it in any more water. Just let it air out
    -Don't put heat on it or direct sunlight
    -Just to be safe, ground yourself before handling the board
    -And avoid putting finger prints and touching anything if you can.
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    I recently spilled coffee on my Treo. It was just a few drops, but it was enough to hose the keyboard. I disassembled it using the instructions in the "camera removal" thread and thoroughly cleaned what got coffee'd. The hard part was the membrane part of the keyboard. Coffee had gotten between the membrane and the circuit board. I used a little alcohol on a swab, trying to get some between them and work it around and out. After about three tries, it actually worked, and have no problems now.
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    I had a friend who dropped his Nokia phone into a sink full of water. The water caused a short circuit but once I dissasembeled his phone it was easy to identify the short circuit area, clean it up and assemble everything back together.
    It worked fine since.
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