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My Palm Zire 72 tumbled into two inches of water.

Zire 72 fell in our bathroom's sink while I was shaving. I lifted it out in a second and dried its exterior with a towel. My first reaction was to start it. It did. Then I turned it of. Consulting a friend, I tried to start it again. First I dried it further with a hair-dryer. It didn't start. I then went for a "reset" and the Zire LOGO and sound were shown/heard in/from the screen. Good news! It opened in the "Preferences" page but I was not able to turn it down. It would not react to any command. I left it on until it consumed its power and shut down w/o showing any changes in the screen. I then left Zire 72 plugged to the AC outlet overnight. This morning the power light on, Zire 72 wasn't making any moves! HELP! TIM.

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It seems that unfortunately you PDA is damaged and needs professional repair service, or just forget about it and buy another one.

Water causes to have corrosion and shorts in electronic devices, even if is dried internally (residues cause the shorts), which is an quemical effect of have water (or moisture) with copper and other metals and a voltage from the battery.

If anyway is already damaged, you may want to try in repair it yourself.

If so, you will need to open it, and remove all residues (kind of green or white dust over the components) from the copper traces, connectors and components.

If the event is recent, there is the chance you can clean it completely, but I do see that this happened a couple of months ago.

If several weeks (or months) passed, then a deep corrosion already took place in it, and is likely that the components and connections have been permanently damaged.

In order to open and repair, you will need:

1. Torx scredriver and philips screwdriver
2. Plastic pry tool to open it without leave marks or damage the PDA housing
3. 5X magnifier with light, or better if you can use a microscope, so you can review all the areas (including under the tiny electronic components) and clean them.

If you send it to repair, it will be expensive, and it may be over the cost of buy an used PDA but in good working conditions.

I mean, depending of the damage caused by the water, it may be necessary to replace one or all the major components inside the PDA (mainboard, LCD screen, speaker, camera, battery, etc).

Best regards,

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