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THANK YOU!! After 4 years of suffering through "DEW" alerts at many very inconvienient and missed-opportunity times, I decided to see if Google had any reference to the problem.  Lo and Behold your answer was there. After three weeks of trying to "dry" the dang thing out I gently pushed the solder globs and bars and IT WORKS!  Thanks for taking the time to post your solution.

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  • iminlovewita Sep 10, 2008

    so i just bought my camera and its giving me this dew thing how do i fix it?

  • fourdapostle Sep 14, 2008

    I have the same problem Dew, what and where are the globs you pushed, help me please...




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Hi , what are solder globs and how do i fix this.
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