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Initial post: Aug 1, 2014 4:01:16 AM PDT
Jack says:
Hi all.
My kindle fire got wet last weekend.
I out put it in a container of rice for a few days.
I powered it on this morning. It works however it is very dim.
I tried the brightness and that actually does not work at all.
Also, I think but am not sure, that I saw a little moisture so I am going to put it back in the rice.

Does anyone have any ideas re the dim/brightness problem?

Thanks

Jen

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:00:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2014 5:00:45 AM PDT
Nothing beyond what you're trying. Water and electrical devices don't mix. Many devices can be coaxed to life again by doing what you did, but many of those suffer early failure anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:03:37 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
yep, i had one that came back after taking a swim in Coca light only to start having keyboard problems about 9 months later. It still works, but I can't press the Enter key without gettin a / at the end of the word/phrase and there are a couple of other 2 for 1 keys like that

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:18:15 AM PDT
My only suggestion is to start saving your lunch money for a new device. :0(

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 5:24:05 AM PDT
Jack says:
I like to fix things ...
I am sure there is something that can be done.
Someone out there knows.
:)

So the big question is ... what has caused the dimness and how do I fix it?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:25:45 AM PDT
My guess ... and I know this is going out on a limb here ... is water damage.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:31:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2014 5:32:26 AM PDT
You can't fix everything. But if you like to tinker, Google is your friend. The chance of someone here having the answer to your question is very small.

Devices like Fires are full of very tiny components. You may very well fix one thing, and break another in the process. Remember, they are not designed to be taken apart and fixed.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:32:34 AM PDT
As Folina said - "water damage" How to fix it? Probably remove the rust that's started inside.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:50:49 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Since no one actually has your device they can only guess. Since your device got wet I imagine that is the problem. If you want to try and fix I would imagine you will have to open it up. No one here is going to help you with that.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 6:00:47 AM PDT
"Rust" (or any oxidation) isn't likely to be the problem. Water damage generally takes one of two forms. Short circuits, where signals are crossed by the water acting as a conductor, and physical interference where the water, or material carried in with the water, prevents a switch from properly closing. Either can be temporary, clearing when the water evaporates, or permanent, as in a short that cause a circuit to burn out. About all you can do is wait and let it dry more and hope it clears up.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 6:04:11 AM PDT
While I haven't opened a wet kindle, I have opened a wet tablet and was amazed at the amount of rust found.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 6:56:20 AM PDT
I wouldn't be surprised. I didn't say there wouldn't be any, I said it isn't likely to be the problem. You're only going to see rust on things like frame parts and supports. The electronics, including motherboards, conductors, and components, are not made of materials that can rust. Unless the rust get into switches, connectors and such it won't make it stop working.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:47:59 PM PDT
Jack says:
Yes I know water damaged ultimately caused it .... but what exactly is the problem that specifically caused the dimness.
Short? Something stuck? It must be something specific.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:49:40 PM PDT
Jack says:
And how did the wet tablet turn out?
Was it fixable?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 5:53:34 PM PDT
Jack says:
Thanks.
I will wait a couple more days and hope that drying longer will do the trick.

In the event the circuit actually burned out ... is it fixable?
Funny, I was playing with a snap circuits with my daughter yesterday and was wondering about shorts.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 6:56:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2014 6:59:01 PM PDT
Unlikely that a kindle or any other tablet with a circuit "burned out" would be fixable for less than the cost of a replacement.
Modern solid state electronics are mass-produced by robots and are composed of microscopic components. That's what allows us to have these incredibly small incredibly powerful devices at incredibly low cost. But they can't be repaired.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 7:11:18 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
I did rescue an iPhone via the rice treatment once. I had dropped it into a pail with about 3" of water in it and grabbed it right back immediately. I left it in the rice for about 48 hours and it was fine. Pretty unbelievable. My daughter, on the other hand, ran hers thru the washer but it was not salvageable. So it may depend on how long it was in the water.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 7:43:46 PM PDT
Aside from switches and wires, the Fire has three main components: the battery, the display, and the circuit board. None of these can be 'fixed.' They must be replaced.

Water might not cause rust, but can induce other types of corrosion, but that's not too likely after just a few days. My guess is that something shorted and a component has been permanently damaged.

You can look at your particular model on ifixit.com to see what it takes to open a Fire and replace main components.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 7:56:18 AM PDT
Jack says:
Thanks.
I have been checking out ifixit.

Left it in rice for a couple more days and tried again this morning.
Still dim but there also appears to still have some moisture ... unless what I am seeing is screen damage.

I will leave it in for a few more days and then look into ifixit a little more.

Everything else works fine on the kindle .... sound, wifi etc.
The brightness does not work at all. It is turned all the way up but quite dim. When you turn it down, it does not change.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2014 5:21:38 AM PDT
Jack says:
Do you know where I can buy a circuit board?
Just looked on ebay and google.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 5:59:28 AM PDT
Tell you what:
IF you get your Kindle apart without causing more damage,
IF you can figure out which part(s) need to be replaced,
IF you can locate replacement parts,
IF you can successfully install the parts,
IF you can reassemble your Kindle,
and finally
IF it actually WORKS good as new,
and you've done all this for less than the cost of a new Kindle,
Come back and tell us about it!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2014 6:39:46 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and that includes the cost of your labor
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