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Old 09-24-2006, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So without a case, it was inevitable. I was bending over to help my two year old get onto the toilet this morning, when "plop" I look down and there is the Pearl, which I got just two days ago, at the bottom of the bowl (Clean thankfully). It had fallen out of my shirt pocket.

Being a member of this forum, having read the horror stories and suggestions about bathing Blackberry's, I knew EXACTLY what to do in just such a dire emergency:

I left my two year old standing there half undressed, got the 8100 out of the toilet, got it apart, and got the battery out. All of this transpired in 10 seconds or less.

I shook the device out as best as possible and left the pieces in my pocket for the next 90min. while we sat through the rest of our church service. I REALLY wanted to leave the kids and wife there, go home and get it apart and vaccuume it out but, my wife would have yet another "Your blackberry is more important than me" statement.

So when I got it home, I was able to carefully take the device apart. It comes apart fairly easily. I used 40psi of air to blow out any remaining water, and yes after 90min there was still water in it. I used a shop-vac to get any water from under the covered/shielded chips. I set it in the basement next to a fan, in parts, for about 30min.

I was able to put it back together, taking special precautions not to loose the Mic, which is kind of loose in the frame, and at the same time, keep dust off of the screen and inside cover for the screen.

Now came the true test... I put the battery in and turned it on.

And?

...It seems to perform all functions as it did when I got it. Keep your fingers crossed folks.

I have included a variety of pictures for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
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Bet you prayed a lot while attending church. )
Glad to hear that everything is ok now.
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Since there is no real case for the Pearl out there, I use a Bun-J larnyard to keep the Pearl secure while at work...the phone is light enough to carry around my neck.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Glad things seem to be working for you. That is exactly why I got the insurance for it.
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ha i see you must have an utter disgust for tmobile, you went to work on that tmo emblem
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sorry this happened but I'm glad you took the opportunity to share "guts" photos with us ;)
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So, is the trackball easy to get out then (it would be nice if it were for when we would have to clean it).
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Yes please tell us about the track ball since I know thats sitting one everyones mind! How easy is it to come out? How did you get it out? Dos it work just like the old school track balls in the mouse we had at one point> I am dieing to know these simples questions but not brave enough to try and pop it out and see what happens.
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Yes please tell us about the track ball since I know thats sitting one everyones mind!
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How easy is it to come out?
Actually, the trackball never came out, although it would. If you look at the first photo (003.jpg) you can see the metal piece which holds the trackball in, in a spring-like fashion. The metal piece would have to be bent out of the way to get the ball out. NOT recomending that!

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I didn't. Never had to touch it.

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Does it work just like the old school track balls in the mouse we had at one point?
Yes, it has rollers which sense the motion of the pearl, just like the old mice did, just no gears that I could see. I honestly was more intersted in not loosing any pieces and getting it dried out than inspecting the pearl assembly, sorry.
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ha i see you must have an utter disgust for tmobile, you went to work on that tmo emblem
I really don't dislike them that much. I tried the "penny trick" people posted in another thread. I WISH I had left the emblem alone.
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I read on Engadget some time ago that by taking salt or sugar or something along those lines you could get the logo to come off quite easily without scarring the case.
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I read on Engadget some time ago that by taking salt or sugar or something along those lines you could get the logo to come off quite easily without scarring the case.
you put tape on the logo and rub sugar cube where the logo is and it takes it off
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I read on Engadget some time ago that by taking salt or sugar or something along those lines you could get the logo to come off quite easily without scarring the case.
indeed... my recomendation is: LEAVE IT ALONE!

I've had the 8100 for 3 days and already it fell in th toilet, has a scratch instead of a logo, and has been completely disasembled. Sheesh!

...Tomorrow I run it over. NOT!
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Thanks for the info on the trackball I so stumped on how if ever we an clean this thing. Like I said you a brave man for taking yours apart I know you had no choice in the matter and its amazing you got it to work again!! Good for you!!
I started with the penny thing the other day made on light pass over the logo and was like Hell no knowing me i'll scratch this thing and be so mad at myself for it!
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all i have to say is.... WHY?!?!? WHYYYYYY!?!???!?!
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3 days? Take it back to the store and get a new one. Just tell em something on it doesn't work...
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3 days? Take it back to the store and get a new one. Just tell em something on it doesn't work...
A few things which make that impossible:

1. I bought it on Ebay Unlocked. I use it on the Cingular network
2. The moisture sensitive tags turned from white to red when it got dunked. They wouldn't take it back if they saw those.
3. The logo is scratched off to hell.

If I had bought it at a store and I dropped it in the toilet, that's not covered. I wouldn't try to return a device that I damaged by water, claiming something else was wrong with it just to get a new one. Call me crazy, but it's MY fault not theirs that it got wet. I wouldn't make the company eat the cost of my stupidity.
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all i have to say is.... WHY?!?!? WHYYYYYY!?!???!?!
Dude... why what? I do a lot of stupid things, my wife is more than willing to ask me that question when I do, I don't need another person asking. But thanks.
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Thanks for the info on the trackball I so stumped on how if ever we an clean this thing.
Having been where no blackberry 8100 owner has yet... IF your trackball becomes unusable, I would first try canned air from outside.

IF that doesn't clear it up, and these track-balls get gunked like the old mice with balls (I love saying that) did, then PERSONALLY having done it once, I would attempt to take the unit apart and clean it from the back side with air and alcohol, without actually removing the ball.
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