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I have an olympus vn-5000 and it got wet and is not working. the orange light comes on now when i put in batteries, but the screen is blank and it wont play. any suggestions?? how come the light comes on, but the display and sound doesnt work?

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Yes water and electronics don't go well together...try drying it with a "hair dryer" to get it completely dry then try again..if it still dos'nt work its probably pooched!

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