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Originally Posted by 805 93003 StealthBravo is correct. Graceful exit from DFU is Hard Reset. Hold both Top/Power button and Home button at same time for about 15 seconds, keep
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    Quote Originally Posted by 805 93003 View Post
    StealthBravo is correct. Graceful exit from DFU is Hard Reset. Hold both Top/Power button and Home button at same time for about 15 seconds, keep holding until iPhone powers back on.

    Good luck,

    Brad
    Yeah, but what if I want to recover my data? Is a hard reset my only option anyways, or should I replace the LCD and if that doesn't work, hard reset? I'm just trying to determine if my LCD is actually bad before I hard reset and lose everything to discover that wasn't necessary.

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    how long should I let the logic board set in the ipa
    It doesn't need long, 1-2 hours should be lots.

    The IPA _really_ likes water. It will find it in every little crack and under everything really fast.

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    Does anyone know how the dock is supposed to be installed. Does it go above or below the bezel ring? I replaced the dock, but the screws the go through the back cover to the dock don't seem to attach to anything Is there something missing any help would be appreciated

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    Does anyone know how the dock is supposed to be installed. Does it go above or below the bezel ring? I replaced the dock, but the screws the go through the back cover to the dock don't seem to attach to anything Is there something missing any help would be appreciated
    I think the dock/mic/ant piece goes above the bezel ring.
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    Cool thanks. Do you know if there is supposed to be brackets or nutplates installed on there too

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    I've tried the above and still can't get my phone working. All I can do is get it into recovery mode in iTunes, but I think this is DFU mode since the screen is completely black. No matter what I've done, the phone shows no life in it at all other than iTunes detecting it in recovery mode. I'm thinking the LCD is bad, but how can I be certain. I'm wondering if I should flash iOS 4.1, which I had before, but with Pwnagetool.

    Fixing recovery via Tiny Umbrella sadly did nothing to help me either.

    Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by m38493 View Post
    I'm curious:

    Do you do this with phones that are still wet inside, or ones where the water has dried and have mineral deposits on them?
    I personally believe there's a 36 hour grace period.

    Catch it wet - 99% alcohol bath as instructed.

    If it's dried in, you can still catch it ideally within the 36 hour window - 99% alcohol as instructed.

    Now, if you're talking 3 weeks, some slight erosion may be starting to set, mineral deposits etc.

    You may still try the Alcohol, but further work may be required to totally eliminate the impurities as detailed in your post, personally I've never had a phone that was left too long with water dried in. Maybe about a 3 day max set in.

    Last week a friend of mine spilled a bottle of mixed Sambucha & Coke (terrible waste :P) on a 3GS.

    Luckily it was at my place. Within 40 seconds the phone was stripped down.
    A minute later the motherboard was in the solution.

    Replaced the battery and charging dock assembly, the usual culprits of post water damage mother board cooking - I always replace these 2 if available.. I ALWAYS replace the battery at least.

    Luckily the screen assembly was safe (smells like coconut liquor now - quite nice!) so it was a smooth op!

    I've seen many water damaged iPhone 4's for sale on eBay for VERY cheap, but I don't know how long they've been left to corrode.

    Your tactic may entice me to make a purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by m38493 View Post
    I'm curious:

    Do you do this with phones that are still wet inside, or ones where the water has dried and have mineral deposits on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nopstnz8 View Post
    I've tried the above and still can't get my phone working. All I can do is get it into recovery mode in iTunes, but I think this is DFU mode since the screen is completely black. No matter what I've done, the phone shows no life in it at all other than iTunes detecting it in recovery mode. I'm thinking the LCD is bad, but how can I be certain. I'm wondering if I should flash iOS 4.1, which I had before, but with Pwnagetool.

    Fixing recovery via Tiny Umbrella sadly did nothing to help me either.

    Anyone?
    I'd replace the LCD if I were you before I'd make a next move.

    Tiny Umbrella should sort you out.. if not, a hard reset (power+home button) should do it.

    You'll know you're out anyways if
    A) iTunes shows you're out
    B) The vibrate switch - a quick flick and feel the vibration. If so, you're out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamkadaj View Post
    I'd replace the LCD if I were you before I'd make a next move.

    You'll know you're out anyways if
    A) iTunes shows you're out
    B) The vibrate switch - a quick flick and feel the vibration. If so, you're out.
    Right. Problem is no matter what I've tried, iTunes never does anything past saying it's in recovery mode, the screen never turns on at all, not even a flcker, and the phone doesn't vibrate or ring saying it's connected to a power source, or booted?

    I tried a hard reset I believe, and still nothing? I'll try again, but what should I do next? 91% IPA was used on all contacts already, eventhough I didn't notice any signs of corrosion whatsoever

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    well I did the ipa bath and it still starts fine with the black screen and White apple bootlogo but as soon as I let go of the power button the screen goes a sim White. what could be the problem. would replacing the dock assembly or the power flex ribbon help. any other pointers guys or is this iPhone 3GS finished

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    Quote Originally Posted by delutedsoul View Post
    well I did the ipa bath and it still starts fine with the black screen and White apple bootlogo but as soon as I let go of the power button the screen goes a sim White. what could be the problem. would replacing the dock assembly or the power flex ribbon help. any other pointers guys or is this iPhone 3GS finished
    Most likely. That's what I did, but my screen doesn't turn on

    Should I try a system restore even though my LCD isn't working?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nopstnz8 View Post
    Most likely. That's what I did, but my screen doesn't turn on

    Should I try a system restore even though my LCD isn't working?
    Get a new LCD first.

    If you need parts, PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delutedsoul View Post
    well I did the ipa bath and it still starts fine with the black screen and White apple bootlogo but as soon as I let go of the power button the screen goes a sim White. what could be the problem. would replacing the dock assembly or the power flex ribbon help. any other pointers guys or is this iPhone 3GS finished
    No no!

    Get yourself a back housing assembly.
    It's a pre assembled back with battery, dock, headphone jack etc.

    Every internal part minus motherboard, sim tray and camera.

    If you need one, or want me to install it myself, PM me.

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    try iRecovery. It always works for me.

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    irecovery what's that? never mimd I shall google it

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    Ok I just replaced the LCD, and I'm still having the same symptoms. What else is there left to do other than restore before I bite the bullet and do so?

    Oh and I'm about to try restoring, so I ran pwnagetool to build the iOS 4.3.1 firmware file. When I did the part where it helps newbs enter DFU mode, the computer recognized my iPhone when it said to connect it because the countdown began.
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    well I've completely replaced my 3GS from back case up and it still goes white after I let go of the power button it just takes longer to go White now lol. so I'm assuming mine is dead

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    ^^Lol. I guess as of right now we're both SOL...

    I think you though... from what I've read it may be your display IC chip on the logic board needing a replacement.

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    That might be out of my tech skills.does anyone know of a tutorial for this

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    ^^Definitely don't try that yourself then.

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