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>> No. 27921 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 1:35 am
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I'm at a bit of a loss. I've got the standard problem mobile phones get where it now struggles to accept charge from the USB port having bought the phone in December 2018. Same problem exists when using another charger. Following tips online I've tried cleaning the lint out using the teeth on a plastic comb, it's got a lot of fluff out but no change. Can't remove the battery because we live in the future. Any tips you can give?

I'd rather not have to buy a new phone but its a necessity so I can't send it off to be repaired.
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>> No. 27922 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 1:38 am
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I hate to be a bog standard, tech support, dick, but have you tried another charger cable? Or adapter/USB port? Though I've never experienced the latter to be a problem myself.
>> No. 27923 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 2:04 am
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You probably just need to probe a bit harder for the lint. Same thing happened in mine, I tried a few times and got some dust out but it didn't fix it, so I thought it wasn't that.

Turns out it was that, just I hadn't been scraping hard enough. The weird thing is lots of it will be dead skin and what have you, so it mushes up into an almost solid mass. Eventually I was at the point where I thought fuck it, I'll need a new phone anyway if I can't sort this, so it doesn't matter if I break it.

In the end I ploughed out several dirty great chunks of gooey hair-dust-fluff with a syringe needle, and it works fine after that. I imagine my phone must have felt like it had just had a massive shit after months of constipation.
>> No. 27924 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 2:04 am
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I'm with you - if the OP has done all the right things with a tooth pick, then I would buy a new charger cable.
>> No. 27925 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 3:11 am
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>Same problem exists when using another charger.
>> No. 27926 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 5:49 am
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What's the make and model of the phone?
>> No. 27927 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 9:07 am
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Doesn't solve the immediate problem (keep digging), but I like these. On my phone, it sits flush with the case, and every year or two I just toss it and plug another one in. Before this, given my manky pocket habits, I was always fighting gunked up ports.
>> No. 27928 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 9:38 am
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Is it another new cable or another old one?
>> No. 27932 Anonymous
27th May 2021
Thursday 6:16 pm
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Plus they can shoot lightning out of either end.
>> No. 27935 Anonymous
28th May 2021
Friday 6:04 pm
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It turns out there was a massive chunk of fluff in one corner and that eventually shot out with some force. Now my phone is turbocharging again which is something it hasn't done since shortly after I got it.

The lessons are:
1. A plastic comb works so no need to buy toothpicks. Don't use metal obviously.
2. You really do have to spend a good half hour at least digging into it. I only managed to get it out just before I was due to buy a new phone assuming the port was broken.

I'm confused as to why you don't just buy a standard dust cover you remove when you want to charge it.
>> No. 27936 Anonymous
28th May 2021
Friday 6:08 pm
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>I'm confused as to why you don't just buy a standard dust cover you remove when you want to charge it.

Not him, but the constant plugging and unplugging of the cable is another factor in port damage, with Micro USB perhaps the most common form of failure, I think USB C is a lot better, but still not immune. So it both protects against dust permanently and also greatly reduces the wear on the port itself.

I don't use them myself as I have 1500 spare usb cables and I don't want to be tied down to one or two special ones, but it's still a good idea.

Also RE: cleaning the port, a can of compressed air is very useful.
>> No. 27937 Anonymous
28th May 2021
Friday 8:22 pm
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Also the magnetic connector reduces the risk of breaking your USB port or pinging your phone across the room if you trip over the charging cable.

Apple used to have magnetic charger connectors on their laptops for this reason, but they abandoned it in their incessant quest for thinness.
>> No. 27938 Anonymous
28th May 2021
Friday 8:26 pm
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Yeah, I charge it at bedside, in the car and at my desk. If I have to connect elsewhere ever, I just unplug the widget.
The benefit over a dust cover is that you just have to lob the cable in the right direction and it clamps on and connects. It also allowed you to connect micro-USB either way up, but that's lost now USB-C has unfucked the design. And yes, connectors fail - these both reduce the number of couplings from daily to annual, and tear free if something stupid (like the dog) happens and the cable gets yanked, avoiding connector damage or the phone being launched across the room. Mine also have tasteful and not-too-bright blue LEDs in the cable ends, so I can find it in the dark on the bedroom floor.
There's no way I'd ever bother with putting a dust cover back on. This cable plays to my idleness, and I'm fine with that.
>> No. 27944 Anonymous
9th July 2021
Friday 12:00 pm
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Can this be a general phone repair thread?

I dropped mine into water a few days ago and have been attempting to dry it out.

Everything works fine apart from a small band at the top of the touchscreen which doesn't register a response.

From taking things apart in the past I'm vaguely familiar with the different layers that make up the screen. Any chance I could fix this by disassembling the phone and wiping down the touch panel?
>> No. 27945 Anonymous
9th July 2021
Friday 4:45 pm
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The only thing I've heard about repairing phones that are wet, that is reliable, is storing them in a bowl of uncooked rice; I guess you could get the same result with a plastic container and loads of silica gel packets.
>> No. 27946 Anonymous
9th July 2021
Friday 4:48 pm
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Someone posted before that as water has crap in it, even when it's dried it can cause problems/short circuits, so you have to wipe it down with alcohol to remove that. Though, now you've turned it on it may be too late.
>> No. 27947 Anonymous
9th July 2021
Friday 5:55 pm
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Cat litter crystals are supposed to work better than rice. Worked for me when I dropped my phone in the toilet.
>> No. 27948 Anonymous
9th July 2021
Friday 6:15 pm
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A bag of silica gel packets will be a lot cheaper than the minimum amount of cat litter crystals you can buy.
>> No. 27949 Anonymous
9th July 2021
Friday 6:40 pm
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Lads, you're being daft. Water isn't magical, it makes a circuit where one shouldn't be - a bag of rice or cat-litter can damage your device far more for the same reason you don't use your laptop in the sandpit at your local playground.

Like >>27946 says, after resisting the urge to turn it on while it's drying you have a problem of mineralisation. A wipe down is needed but it's probably fucked.

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