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Nokia 6120 water damage

my 6120 recently went through a wash cycle in our machine! i took it carefully apart as much as i could, then dried everything and left it on a radiator to dry further. once dry i put it back together and was amazed to find that it swithe on and worked fine. the only visible damge was a sort of watermark on the screen (lcd? led?).
unfortunately a day later it stopped working completely and now won't switch on.
i wonder if there was still some water in there and something to do with power is damaged?
can i fix it?
i wondered about trying to find another faulty one on ebay which will at least power up.
any help advice would be much appreciated.

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    I dropped my nokia 6120 into a glass of water, it was out of there in like 2 seconds though and i dried it up as much as possible. its working fine except for probably the most important part maybe.... i cant hear someone when they ring me. but they can hear me. 
    any ideas on how to fix this?



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You can try taking out the battery and putting the phone in a bag of Rice, the Rice is a drying agent, it will take 2-3 days, if the phone works you are good, if not you will need to replace it. The rule here of course is water and electronics do not make a happy pair.

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its probably behond repair as Im not sure what you paid for that model but there sell here in the states for 79.95 US. I kind guessed you were not in the US as you said loo!!(he he} just a luck guess I guess/?

Posted on May 01, 2006

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Hi there. There IS hope if you do get your phone submerged in water.

The most important thing you can do when your phone gets wet is to TURN IT OFF AND TAKE OUT THE BATTERY. Don't even try to turn it back on and "just check it" until you try to clean it out or let it air dry for several days. I didn't follow this exactly, but I got lucky, you might not if you wait too long.

I just had a phone mishap with a bottle of iced tea (wet and sticky, not a good combo), and thought my phone was completely shot, especially because it was on at the time it got wet. You could see the tea swooshing around beneath the front LCD panel, neither screen would turn on, it just made a steady high-pitched tone, then stopped, although the keypad was still backlit. I tried several times during that day to turn it on, but it wouldn't work. Since I like to tinker, I decided to take it apart, if it was supposedly a gonner anyway.

Google "repairing wet razr v3" and similar search terms. Various sites recommended taking out all the pieces, wiping them down with 90% alcohol (available at any drugstore or Target, etc), letting them airdry or using a compressed air can (or hair dryer on LOW heat setting). You need a special set of screwdrivers called Torx, I found one at Lowes for $6 that had interchangeable sizes of screw bits. Other postings on other sites mentioned either Torx sizes #3, 4, or 5 as the right one, but I had to use different sizes of the bits for various screws, so get a set and not just one size.

Don't be afraid of being just a little rough if you have to, to pry some of the parts off. The electronics/wire connectors between various pieces pop right off, but you will need a very small flat head screwdriver or some tweezers for some things, for example, prying off the outer cover, LCD covers, or lifting off the plastic glued-on backing underneath where the battery goes (you need to lift this off so that you can reach the metal brackets holding the keypad in place). I would suggest taking pictures of the phone at various stages of disassembly, so that you can remember where all the little bits go when you put it back together.

Other postings also talk about there being these little moisture sensing pads on various parts of the phone, that turn red when there's heavy moisture (which is a way that phone companies can tell if your phone is really defective, or if you got it wet, which your warranty might not cover). As an FYI, there are additional pads that you don't see until you take it apart. There was one underneath the keypad, and one underneath the inside LCD. The screws also had some sort of color coding on them on the threads, 2 were red and 2 were green. I don't know if this was b/c of moisture, or a way to tell if the phone had been opened, or they're just made that way for manufacturing.

I put my phone back together, replaced the battery, turned it on, and..... it turned on!!! I called my husband on the land line in another room, I heard him, he heard me. It's worked fine ever since, I can still take pics, all my contacts and text messages were still saved on the phone (whew!).

When I first turned it on, the battery had run down from an almost full charge to one bar, but it recharged fine, although I think it takes longer to do so now. It also seems a little more sensitive to movement, but that is when I'm charging it as well (if I'm charging it while it's on, 2 times it suddenly turned off), although it was acting funny when the charger giggled in the before it got wet, so it's hard to tell if that's a new problem or not. I will probably get a replacement battery for it--$10 on eBay is a lot cheaper than $200-400 for a new phone!

Since most folks will tell you that you now have a lovely new paperweight, and if you don't want to send it to an expensive repair shop, and your warranty doesn't cover it anymore, you might as well try to fix it yourself. The worst that can happen is that it still won't work!

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Hello play gal

Nokia phones of this complexity use at least 3 layer circuit board in order to fit all of those chips and other components in a small casing. When they get in contact with water they can retain it for a long period of time underneath the pins and those black chips. Also, the type of water involved may change way in wich the problem must be treated. Salt water is by far the most dangerous (because aftel the water evaporates the salt cristals remain and may still conduct electricity and form short circuits over the board) followed by water contaminated with foreign particles or other liquids. Normal water will not cause these problems but it can short circuit various components causing damage to the board.
In your situation, i would recomand that you dissasemble the phone, remove the display from the board and wash the board with propionic alcohol (or izopropilic alcohol). This helps by cleaning various foreigh materials or substances contained within the water that had contact with your phone. Let the phone to dry for about 1 day before you try to reasemble it. Don't force it to dry faster, let it in a sunny place to dry on it's own. In any case, never wash the display with this alcohol or anything else as this could affect it's quality or even destroy it. You may get propionic alcohool from electronic stores, radio shacks or service centers willing to sell it.
In case you dropped it in salt water you will need a lot of alcohol because you must place the motherboard in it for about 3-4 hours.

You may also try to simply power on the phone after 2 days (after the incident) to see if it works. Of course connect the battery back to it only after these 2 days.

You've asked if the phone is damaged now? That depends mostly on 2 factors.

How long did the phone stayed in the water and how long did it remain with it's battery connected? The shorter, the better.
What type of water was involved? salt water or sugar flavored or other things are bad.

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Screen is probably fried and needs to be replaced.
Not covered by warranty or insurance. Cheaper to buy a new phone.

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Make sure that you take the battery and SIM out immediately. Find some desiccant and put it in the desiccant overnight.
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