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  • Save Your Phone When It Gets Wet

    by LaptopMD Posted June 21, 2018 in Tips for Devices

    Uh-oh. It happened. Whether you dropped your phone into a puddle, sink, your glass OR you just spilled something on it, your phone is now wet and you’re worried about what to do.

    We see liquid damaged phones all the time, so here’s a list of what you should do to AVOID needing to see us for liquid damage.

    Turn it off immediately!

    This might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to turn off your phone immediately if it’s still on.

    THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT – even if your phone is still functional, but common-sense tells you that there’s water in your phone, you need to turn it off and take the battery out to get the water out. The water may not be eating away at the metals in your phone yet, but if you don’t do anything to stop it, your phone can have real, irreversible damage soon.

    Real damage = real money, as legitimate liquid damage repairs are expensive, and sometimes it’s actually not possible to save the phone and you’ll need to get a new one. Your phone WAS working after taking a dip, but if there’s water trapped in there it’ll die a slow death over the next few days.

     

    Take the battery out

    I know iPhones don’t make it very easy to take the battery out, but if you have legitimate cause for concern, you should probably look up a guide on how to open it or take it to a repair shop – they should be able to open it up for you with very little trouble.

    If you have a Galaxy or another type of smartphone, it’s probably pretty easy for you to pop the back cover off of your phone.

    This is a very important step because it’s much easier for water to get INTO a phone, than for it to get back out. It’ll fill up all sorts of nooks and crannies and will just never evaporate properly, and that’s how you get corrosion inside your device.

     

    Wipe it down

    Once you’ve taken the battery out, take out any other types of cards or chips that you can (SIM card for example) and do what you can to dry them. That includes using paper towels or tissues for those nooks and crannies and shaking all that water off and out of your phone pieces as best you can.

    You may want to consider using a blow dryer – you can, but be careful! That heat can damage exposed components, so use it with caution.

     

    Leave it out to dry for a little while

    Depending on how wet it got/how good you feel about the job you did drying out your phone, this can range from a few hours to a few days.

    If you dropped your phone in a lake and it took you ten minutes to find it – you’ll probably need to leave it out for several days, and even then, there’s no guarantee that your phone will work. Sometimes the damage is irreparable.

    If you dropped it in a puddle and pulled it out within a few seconds, there’s a solid chance you only need to leave it out for a few hours. You actually might not need to leave it out at all if you did a really good job cleaning it out, but you should probably set your phone down for a few hours to be safe.

     

    Turn it back on – maybe charge it back up!

    Leaving it out to dry for a few days is the last “fixing” step – and then you’ll just have to hold your breath and hope for the best. Put your battery and SIM card back in etc. and try to turn it back on.

    If it doesn’t turn on immediately, plug it into a charger and see if your phone needs a charge. Give it a little time on the charger. Even if your phone was fully charged beforehand, this could be the “spark” you need.

     

    Good luck!

    We hope these techniques get your phone back up to speed, but there are no guarantees!

    If you act fast and follow these instructions though, you’ve got a good chance to avoid liquid damage for your phone. There’s a chance that even if your phone doesn’t work, it could just need a new battery!

    Sometimes liquid can get into the battery be impossible get out, but a battery replacement is a much, much cheaper option than getting a new phone, or an extensive liquid damage cleaning!

     

    Important: DO NOT put it in rice!

     

    This is a very common misconception, and we understand – it definitely passes the logic test. You also probably got the advice from someone you trust!

    Your friend or cousin or sister dropped their phone in water, then gave it the rice treatment for two days and “Viola!” the phone worked again.  That’s anecdotal advice, and if they had left it out drying on the shelf it also would have worked.

    The idea of using uncooked rice to suck out the moisture makes sense, but in practice it just doesn’t work as well as open air. Gazelle even did a thorough investigation testing the effectiveness of different household material that are drying agents, and open air was the best.

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  • The Infamous nVidia Chipset Issue

    by Arthur Zilbermann Posted February 14, 2012 in Ask a Medic, Computer, Graphics Card
    Question:

    I’ve heard my laptop has a bad nVidia Graphics Chip. What does this mean?

    Answer:

    The images you see on your computer when playing video games, editing photos or movies, or even just surfing the web, are all made possible by your graphics chip. Without it, you can kiss any enjoyable/productive/gainful computer times goodbye. If you notice your screen has been freezing, flickering, showing a bad resolution, or in extreme cases, has gone completely black, you may have a bad graphics chip. The good news is if you have an nVidia chipset issue, you’re not alone. The bad news is that the problem is a difficult one to fix. The graphics chip in question is soldered directly onto the motherboard, the part of your laptop that holds your memory, processor, and all the circuits that make it go. Because of a fault in production, some nVidia based chipsets (especially in Macbooks) tend to overheat and cause the motherboard to warp, ever so slightly, and the chips attached to it to start peeling off. Once this happens, the only real fix is to replace the motherboard. Some laptop manufacturers have actually recognized this issue and are offering warranty service or motherboard replacement free of charge, so contact your manufacturer to find out more. If that’s not an option, we can perform a micro-solder fix on your motherboard that could keep it running for years, or months. Since this is not something we recommend, we currently don’t offer any warranties on these jobs. It’s a last-chance operation, and doesn’t resolve the core issue, making the problem likely to come back.

    As long as you want your laptop to remain functional, it’s important that your graphics chip is in tip-top shape. Fortunately for you, here at Laptop MD+, we wield tiny screwdrivers with unparalleled grace and expertise and can get your motherboard replaced in no time. Learn more about your graphics chip and request a completely free quote here. We’ll get your computer up and running again before you have time to despair!

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  • The Differerence Between SSD and HDD

    Posted November 2, 2011 in Hardware Tips & Tricks
    Problem:

    There's a lot of talk these days about SSD and HDD drives. To the computer tech, the difference may be clear but to the average lay person confusion may be the only thing clear. What's difference between SSD and HDD drives? I'm glad you asked...

    MD+ Diagnosis:

    HDD (Hard Disk Drives) hard drives are traditional hard drives with moving parts, proven to shocks and vibrations which cause can damage, that have been used for decades. SSD (Solid State Drives) hard drives are modern alternatives that are used more in portable devices than normal computers to cut down on weight, save space and maximize performance. SSD drives are commonly found in more compact situations, boot up quicker, and use less battery power. You will find SSD drives in any device that says it runs on 'flash memory' like a smartphone, tablet, or other portable device.

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  • Take A Virtual Tour of LaptopMD+

    by Arthur Zilbermann Posted November 8, 2011 in Water Cooler

    Virtual Tour of LaptopMD+Never been to LaptopMD+ or haven’t stopped by since we last remodeled our offices? Take the LaptopMD+ Virtual Tour and explore our offices interactively. Google stopped by and used their patented street maps technology in our office and the result is a beautiful 360-degree tour of our spacious digs. From our location above Penn Station to your internet browser, check out our offices before you come by!

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  • Laptop MD joins forces with Data Recovery Clinic !

    by Arthur Zilbermann Posted June 7, 2013 in Computer Maintenance, data recovery, hard-drive, LaptopMD+ News, News, Newsletter, Small Business Support, virus

    We are excited to announce that Laptop MD now has joined forces with Data Recovery Clinic.  Steven, the lead technician at Data Recovery Clinic, has been providing emergency data recovery from hard drives and raids of all configurations for over 23 years.

    DRC, established in 1989, attributes their high success rate  due to their cutting edge ATOLA data recovery equipment and highly trained technicians in data recovery. They have successfully recovered data from all over the globe and from all types of media. If your data can be recovered, then they can recover it. If you don’t believe us, just ask: NASA, 3M, Lucent, Pepsi Co, Chicago Stock Exchange, Sandia National Labs, CAGEMA INC, Raytheon, Dell, HP, IBM, Compaq, Norton Utilities, and many, many more whose data they have successfully recovered.

    With their “no-data no-charge payment system”, it’s a win-win for anyone who has been faced with the disastrous failed hard drive, flash card, or memory stick at the most critical moment. Come to Laptop MD and let us battle “Murphy’s Law” for you.

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