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Old 05-08-2008, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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What do I do?!
I was in my car and I was gathering up some junk I had lying around. I had a bottle of Pellegrino so I screwed the lid on real tight and but it in the bag. I also threw my iPod in the bag. An hour later, I went to take stuff out of the bag and everything was soaked. INCLUDING MY $300 80 GIG iPod!!!

I could just kick myself! What should I do? It won't turn on and it keeps making a clicking noise. I've been shaking it for 20 minutes trying to get the water out. If it won't work by tomorrow should I just send it in and play dumb? HELP!!!
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Let it sit for over 24 hours in a dry place.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Toledo
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I agree with the above. Let it dry out completely before messing with it.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Thanks guys. I've let it sit overnight on a towel in a warm room with a fan blowing on it, but still it won't even turn on. If only it wasn't mineral water!!!

I guess I'll just have to send it in and play dumb like it just quit working or something... GRR!!! Oh well, thanks again!
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:49 AM
 
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It needs to be disassembled, you are NOT going to get all the water out until it is, and it will start corroding components if it isn't taken apart. You may have already permanently killed it by trying to turn it on, electronics and water are not a good mix.
I have a link somewhere of a guy that works on them fairly cheap, but you can't waste time, it needs to get dried properly, I'll see if I can find it and post back.
BTW, Apple will be able to tell what happened, it'll either still be wet inside or corrosion will have started.
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Old 05-09-2008, 09:17 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I wish I had seen this earlier. When I was doing newspaper photography, an experienced photographer told me what to do when I got caught in rain w/ my camera. I have had to use this technique several times, for cameras as well as cell phones.

Put the item in a plastic zip lock bag. Put a paper towel in with it. Stick it in the fridge. The water will condense on the plastic bag and drip onto the paper towel. Leave it 8 hours or so. Take it out, let it sit til it reaches room temp. b/f you mess w/ it.

Sorry I didn't see this yesterday but I suppose you could go ahead and try this method and see what happens. Good luck!
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Youre right NHDave. When I worked for O2 and Vodafone (Cell Phone) people used to bring in phones that "just died" and send them off and theyd come back with a "Moisture Damage" sticker on em with no repairs done.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Thanks for the tips guys. I tried everything from the Ziploc Bag in the fridge to a bowl of rice and bread on the dryer. Still won't work.

I guess I'll send it in and hopefully I'll get lucky.
Most likely- I'm screwed $300!!!
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Miami
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A friend of mine has fixed atleast 3 cell phones by putting them in the oven for about 30-45 minutes. He would put it on the lowest heat and open the oven every 5 minutes to let some heat out. He was even able to fix camera phones. I guess that before you toss it, give it a try. Good luck.
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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By this point, nothing will help it.

But in the future, what sometimes helps is to dump rubbing alcohol over it. It will evaporate all of the water out from the inside.
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