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Old 12-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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Water Damage for Pocket Edge?

So I did the unthinkable and brought my PocketEdge with me to Lollapalooza last year. I didn't know it then, but it was on the day where it rained heavily twice and everything in my bag got soaked.

I dried it off, kept it in rice and tried turning it on and off every now and then. It looks to be charging and boots, but the touch screen doesn't register anything, looks to have water underneath, and the date and time are always the same when I reboot. It even registers when a USB is connected.

I know it's a long shot, but I just had it for a good two or three months before this happened. Is there any way to fix it? Should I bring it to someone to try to get it working? Or is it already bricked? It's still sitting in the rice.

Help please ;__; I loved it while it was working so to have $200 go down the drain for little use makes me utterly sad.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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OK, a long shot and a guess. Open the unit to about 90 degrees and stand it on edge - this MAY help the moisture to escape from between the resistive layers and the screen. I say may because there is capillary action trying to keep that moisture there.

The other thing you should do is take off the plastic covers and check the battery contacts aren't getting corroded and there is no sign of water damage on the circuit boards and cable sockets.

From what you have written there is every chance that you unit will work again as it did.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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Water normally will not do much damage if you allow it to dry before applying power. A hair dryer on low and away from the unit so it doesn't melt something might help to quicken the process.

As above, opening would help if you feel comfy doing so.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:32 AM   #4
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So I just got the cover to the touchscreen portion off and took it apart to see if there's any water. There is nothing. Everything looks okay or dried and even when pulled apart, it turns on and the buttons seem to work fine. Without the cover, the touchscreen is still unresponsive.

Is it possible to get just that part replaced? Should I attempt to look on the ereader side?

I don't know anymore.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:44 PM   #5
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I'd guess you might snag the parts on ebay but probably cheaper to buy a used on on ebay. You might wiggle the connecting ribbons a little and make sure something isn't loose.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:02 PM   #6
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Since this is a pocket edge, and not a EE, you could just buy one off ebay, working, for $50. The PEs have plummeted in resale value.
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