Question about LG VX8300 Cellular Phone
Sometimes my phone is off when I open it. The battery is charged. It just seems to be shutting off by itself. Any ideas what may be wrong? And is it fixable?
I had the same problem on 2 phones.
I cleaned the contacts on the battery with 600 grit wet/dry (black) sandpaper (dry).
No problems in the last 5 days.
Alcohol probably would have worked just as well.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
You may just have a screw loose - literally.
I've had this same thing going on for several months now. I will pick up my VX8300 only to see it's completely dark; I'll do that lengthy startup routine to find that umpty people have been calling and are wondering where the hell I've been - so I have to tell them that my &!#%*! phone has been AWOL. I've also experienced the phone shutting off abruptly when I close the case. I stumbled onto a possible solution mostly by accident - I say "possible" because it *seems* to have worked, but since it's only been a day or so I'm not yet certain:
Clear a space at a desk or table and open the battery compartment, being careful of...loose screws. When you've taken out the battery you should see four tiny phillips-head screws that hold the front/back halves of the bottom (keypad) section of the phone together. On my phone, one of these fell out on the desk, another was missing altogether and the other two were loose enough to where I could hold up the phone and see a gap between those halves close when I squeezed them together.
I happened to have one of those cheapo eyeglass repair kits that you find at the local Walgreens or Rite-Aid (please support the CVS boycott, thanks,) and it turns out that not only do the tiny flat-blade screwdrivers for eyeglasses work to tighten the Phillips-head screws (though an actual Philips-head jeweler's screwdriver would be best,) the little spare screws included with the repair kit fit perfectly, so I was able to use one of them to replace the missing screw. Use common sense on torque - get the screws plenty snug but don't try to muscle them in to where the case cracks or the threads strip. If you've got a bottle of Loctite laying around use that on the screws....like LG *should* have in the first place. (I've been rejecting Verizon's pleas that I "upgrade" to a newer phone, mostly because I don't need to carry a virtual entertainment center around with me and have no desire to impress random, disinterested strangers with My Snazzy Cel. Plus, I generally like the VX8300 despite LG's having killed the VX6000's excellent voice-dial feature.)
Anyhow, since I tightened the four screws and put the battery in and cover back on, I've had no more sudden power-downs, even when I snap the case closed vigorously. I'm not sure if this is the complete solution, nor if it is, why loose case halves would cause the blackouts, but it seems to have worked. Give it a try.
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
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