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Old 09-06-2008, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I'm posting for the first time first to make this issue available to everyone as a knowledge to store for future references. Second to help myself learn of any solution.

On a scroll on the beach I dropped my Pearl. Yes in the water.
I removed the battery immediately. Once I got home I tried to wipe it clean but was not sure about if I had any damage allready. So I placed it in a bowl with desiccant. The next morning there was water all over the unit. I figured the moisture was sucked out from the desiccant. I tried to start it up but i would only get a red flashing light.
Knowing it was salt water and not fresh water I decide to do something stupid. I took the unit apart (pretty simple except for the #6 torque tool) and used a electrical contact cleaner to remove the salt.
( I also dropped my flash memory stick and used this method and it worked)

After cleaning everywhere I re-start the unit and voila' it started. The splash of AT&T appeared and the software security check show up. then I get UNCAUGTH EXCEPTION APPLICATION REGISTRY WAIT time out and a string of characters.

I see the scroll moving but no matter which key i pushed nothing happens.

So reading on the board I decide to wipe clean and re-install everything.
And this is where I'm stuck. my PC does not recognize my Berry. I tried everything as suggested in this board. I used the JL_Cmdr and all that but my PC USB will not recognize my berry. It said "Device Malfunction"
I beleive if I can pass this hurdle I may have my berry back. I do not care about my data or anything I want just my phone.

Does any of you had this sort of experience before ?
IS any way I can get aroud to this USB issues.

PS IF i plug the berry on a charger it shows the chargin ICON so I beleive the USB on the berry is working..

I appreacite any suggestion this forum can give me...

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Old 09-06-2008, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the BBForums.

Sorry to hear of your troubles, if you say the device is working and charging otherwise, you might want to try another PC.
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Old 09-06-2008, 04:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did... at least 3 PC's all report same Device Error. The only other alternative is that the salt ate away at some of the circuitry making the USB wiring messed up ...
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm guessing you got salt in something that doesn' like salt. I've not heard of "device malfunction" before.
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