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As with all Electronic devices this is a hit and miss affair. Here is what you can do to maximize you chances of success.

1. Place the device in a warm and dry room (Not your oven ;-) !)
2. Prop the device up so that is is off the surface (I use a couple of pencils or pens.. one on each side so that the air can move across all the surfaces.
3. Leave the device for at least 48 hours.
4. Look at the display with the power off... is it still foggy? Are there water droplets on the inside? If yes then wait longer until these are gone (can take what seems like forever).
5. Turn the device on and cross your fingers.

Here are some of the factors that will effect the success of these steps.

1. Was there anything in the water? Impurities like soaps and detergents etc MIGHT leave a film that will permanently damage the device.
2. Who long was it in water. A quick immersion in water (less than 5 minutes or so) will usually be resolved by the above steps. Longer immersions can do other kinds of damage to the electronics.

Assuming you did not need to rent a deep sea submersible and a team of Navy Seals to recover it your odds are about 50 / 50 that this will help you.

Just remember rushing the process is your worst enemy. Any water on the internal components when it is powered on can spell doom. So put it somewhere warm and dry and leave it be. Don't torture yourself by looking at it every hour!

Good luck

Posted on Oct 16, 2010


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