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Old 04-06-2007, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good news, bad news here. I'm looking for any ideas about fixing a broken "volume down" button, or a software work around for volume.

Bad news - I dropped my brand new 8800 into water (don't ask). I *immediately* fished it out and pulled the battery.

Good news - after reading forums, I took the 8800 sides and covers off (six screws, not four as most say) and dried it thoroughly with warm air, warm oven and some sunshine. It now works perfectly...

...except...Apparently while taking the covers off, I broke off a very small grey plastic button on the volume down mechanism. It transfers the motion from the exterior chrome button to the volume switch. The small button has three very small prongs that apparently are permanently embedded in the switch. I broke those prongs. Can not pull out and replace. It appears that the only repair would be to disassemble even further and de-solder the volume down switch and replace it. I don't have the skill or the parts to do that. I doubt a repair shop would try -- but maybe someone knows better.

I currently have the volume turned all the way up, which is generally OK, but I would like to be able to turn it down sometimes.

My hope is that there is a software work around for the mechanical/electronic volume switch.

Can anyone give me some pointers or advice??

Thanks... Ricardo

(by the way, the phone is great)
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You put your BB in the oven??
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It works. Carefully.
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In Brickbreaker you can get that little blue thing that lets your bar scroll all the way around (out one side of the screen and back in from the other).

You need this functionality added to your volume up button.

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I'll watch for the little blue thing going by...
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get end of a plastic toothpick and glue it onto the button maybe?
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I've thought of the same thing and may try something like it although I don't know if I can glue something that small and keep glue out of the switch itself.

The part and three prongs are *very* small. The prongs are less than 0.5mm in width (less than 0.5mm mechanical pencil lead by maybe half) and the top piece is about 1mm by 1.5mm by 0.5mm thick. **tiny**

Two prongs remain in the "switch" and I haven't been able to pull them out with tweezers and a magnifying glass. I've thought of trying to glue something to the two remaining, but I don't know if it will function with only two prongs.

What I'd really like to have is a new "thing" with all prongs, if I could get out the two remaining and pop in a new piece. I haven't given up on trying to remove the remaining prongs.

I'm thinking the best options are to either live with it, or find a repair place that knows how to fix it easily.
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How about simply calling the carrier and telling them that the button is no longer functioning?

The unit does come with a 1 year warranty.
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Thanks - I am going to go into a service center and ask if they can fix it without the usual "we'll just replace it" approach for phones under warranty.

There's a wet indicator in the battery area...it *definitely* was wet...indicator is red...void's warranty...
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im sure you can get a sheet of this indicator stuff, peel the old thing off and then stick a new one on
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