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My Sony MP3 player went for a swim

My Sony MP3 player went in our lake when I went in after my wife who had fallen in. I know, sounds like a fib, but it's true.

Now it does nothing. I have taken it apart, dried it out, nothing.

Can it be repaired?

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Hi musolfmj,

Sorry to hear about your MP3 player. Water is the bane of electronics for a variety of reasons:

First, it conducts electricity, so if the MP3 player was turned on or even if it was turned off and had charged batteries installed when the unit was submersed, it is likely that one or more electronic components within the unit will have shorted out

Secondly water can get absorbed into some of the components of the unit, ruining them. Many electronic components, such as capacitors, are made of carbon and can absorb liquid. Even if these components didn't short out, if they came into contact with liquid they are likely ruined.

Lastly, water carries a lot of dirt and contaminants. Even after the water dries, this grime is left behind on the delicate components within the MP3 player and can likewise cause failures.

Now that said, it is possible that the unit *might* still be repairable, depending on how long it was in the water, whether you immediately removed the batteries to prevent shorting after retrieving it, and how thoroughly the unit was dried out before you attempted to power it back on.

My guess, however, is that even if the unit is repairable, the amount of work required to get it working again will probably make such a repair uneconomical. Sony or your local consumer electronics store (such as Best Buy™) can provide you with an estimate on repairs if you wish to go that route. In my opinion, you are probably going to be better off replacing the item, though.

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Posted on May 13, 2008


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