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My V3i got wet, what do I do?

There is an excellent guide on what to do in this thread at Howard Forums.   I'll paraphrase the first four steps here since they are so critical.





Step 1 - Immediately remove the battery.   If you wait even 60 seconds after contact with water it may be too late.   The battery is usually the source of the damage, not just the water alone.   Remember, water + battery = short circuit.   Do not attempt to test the phone after removing it from water.

Step 2 - As soon as possible, preferably within 20 to 30 minutes, disassemble the phone using a Torx T6 screwdriver.

Step 3 - Clean and dry as much as you can using Q-Tips.

Step 4 - Dry the electronics components under a desk lamp on a towel for 24 hours.   A drop of water may have gone underneath the chips and components where you cannot get to to dry.

For the rest of the steps involved and questions and answers with the author, see the above thread.



My phone is acting really sluggish.   How do I fix this?

Some people have said that when they start their phone it is very slow to respond and takes a minute or so to fully load all the graphics on the screen and for the menus to work at full speed.   This could be cured by simply reseating the storage card in the phone.



My phone has no audio and I didn't even mod it yet!

A few reports have surfaced where there is no audio coming from the phone.   I recommend returning the phone for an exchange or refund if this is the case.   But if you'd rather take a chance, and want to fix it yourself, here are some instructions I've found at this thread.   I've paraphrased the original thread.

Take off the outer cover for the flip (remove the four screws on the inside).   There is a black spacer that must be positioned just so to put pressure on the speaker. Manipulate this spacer to be in the correct position so that the speaker doesn't appear to be loose and audio plays from the speaker.   It might help to use tape to hold the spacer in the correct position.

To double check you are exerting pressure on the correct area of the speaker you can try applying slight pressure to the speaker in just the right spot with your finger and it should work correctly.   Now position your spacer where you applied pressure and secure it.

This still may or may not solve your problem as it appears to be a design problem and the speaker could simply rattle loose again.



My phone screen turns black and then white sometimes.   What's wrong?

I've read several reports where this happens and some say their phone will also say "No Service" where the network name should be.   Then in a little while the phone reloads the current theme graphics and the network name reappears and everything is fine.   A good solution is to flash the latest monster pack to your phone.


My V3i has this annoying buzzing sound, what do I do?

This is a known Motorola issue which has crossed over from the V3 to the V3i line of phones now.   Here's the very lengthy official solution, at least as far as Cingular is concerned.   This is a reprint of a letter from Cingular to their field representatives:

Product Note: Motorola V3 RAZR Keypad And Speaker Noise - All Markets (COR, DMDR, Indirect Internal/External)

Some users of the Motorola V3 RAZR may hear a hum or a high pitch tone emanating from their device at certain points during use.

(Mon, November 07, 2005)

Issue/Volume number: 1

OVERVIEW

Both of these sounds can occur as part of the normal operation of this device and are NOT an indication of a problem or defect in the unit.

NOTE: No warranty exchanges should be executed for either issue if consistent with those that occur during the normal operation of the device.





CRITICAL, MUST KNOW/MUST DO

With normal use of the device these sounds are commonly heard when:

(Tone) The phone is held near the ear before making a call.   When a call is active the software in the phone changes the frequency of the tone to one at or below the low end of the normal audible range (Please note that persons with sensitive hearing may still be able to hear the tone).

(Hum) The keypad is held close to the ear (much closer than in normal calling position).   It is due to the inherent properties of the electro-luminescent backlights used in the product.

Customer / Embedded Base Resolution:

If a customer requests assistance or an exchange due to the buzz or high pitch tone from a V3:

1. Verify that noise or tone is consistent with normal operation by:

A. Tone in speaker: Verify the tone is eliminated or reduced to a non-distraction level by placing the unit on a call and listening via the earpiece speaker.

B. Keypad "hum": Listen to the keypad when the backlights are active.   Wait until backlight times out.   The "hum" should follow action of backlights.

If you determine that the sounds are consistent with these known occurrences, NO exchange is warranted.

2. If found to be inconsistent with normal operation, then proceed with standard troubleshooting / exchange processes.



Need a manual, or six?

Two manuals are from Motorola.   The other guides are written by enthusiasts like us for the V3 and the V3i.   The two guides by "poetic_ folly" can also be found at his site The Moto Guide.   The guide by Adam Tudor-Lane comes from his blog right here.   The V3i disassembly guide by "Pioneer" comes from this thread at the MotoX forum.


The official Motorola users manual. themes skins wallpapers
An internal Motorola PowerPoint file with information on disassembly. themes skins wallpapers
Motorola V3i disassembly guide by "Pioneer". flip phone V3
Motorola V3i disassembly guide by Adam Tudor-Lane. flip phone V3
Taking the Razr apart by "poetic_folly". flip phone V3
Getting the dust out - The illustrated guide, by "poetic_folly". flip phone V3






This ends the "trouble?" section of this tutorial. cell phone



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