I bought a new iPod! Destroyed it twice within 3 days

Discussion in 'iPod' started by mainstreetmark, Jan 25, 2007.

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    mainstreetmark

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    So, I've been trucking around a 3G 40gig fat boy for a while now, and decided that it's too old, and too small, and doesn't handle podcasts very elegantly, so I purchased a refurb 60gig iPod from Apple.

    On the way out to the boat, I took the new iPod out of my pants pocket and put it in my hoodie sweatshirt pocket to keep it from getting wet (an inflatable, leaky dinghy). Well, the dumb thing fell out of my hoodie straight into the 4 inches of oceanwater in the bottom of the dinghy. Death #1.

    I let it dry out in the sun and wind for 2 days, and Sunday afternoon it was "almost" dry, was able to boot up, complain about no battery, and shut off. I thought I'd give it another full day in the sun.

    Well, it wound up raining, and now after 3 more days, it won't do much at all besides complain about low battery, "very" low battery and can sometimes get far enough to show the Sad iPod.

    I think I'll throw it in the garbage and tell an environmentalist that i didn't recycle it.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Or maybe do something that requires brains and trade it in for 10% toward a new one? :confused: :rolleyes:
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    Yeah, I've had bad luck with electronics in the last 9 months. Here's the list:
    - iPod, afore mentioned
    - Cellphone. The "rugged" motorola i560 got "moist" one day. Had to buy a new one
    - QuickerTeck Antenna booster - just doesn't work anymore at all. Sent in for repair, still doesn't work
    - MacBook - It caught Random Shutdown Syndrome
    - MacBook - The battery died after 7 months. Apple allowed me to purchase a new one
    - PowerBook - Screen started glitching, and eventually died. Applecare decided NOT to replace it for me for some convenient reason, so screw Applecare.
    - PowerBook - CD Drive eats discs and ejects them only every 40th time.
    - External Harddrive - Mounts only about a third of the time, now. OSX yells at me if i unplug the USB cable after 10 minutes of no harddrive showing up.
    - Two navigational lights, but they're cheap at $15, so who cares about that one.

    yeah... so....

    EDIT: That waterproof case is $100 bucks! $100 for a clear plastic box? I like the ziplock idea even better now...
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Or you could....

    send it to me. I would be happy to "Recycle" it for you :)
     
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    salt water = death

    the salt alone would cause some nasty staining to the circuits.

    if you could open it up, wash it with soap and a distilled water solution, dry, it could have worked again. maybe.
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    I was kinda hoping the Rain would do that. The saltwater is a mess, man. Some of my USB connectors are rusty! I have to keep them oiled.

    I have an iPod cracker somewhere around here i got when my the screen broke on my old iPod (oh, i should add that to the list. The old iPod's had to have the screen and the battery replaced)
     
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    You could probably pull it apart and sell casing and screen for parts. Main board and battery might be toast though. I'd use the screen from a submerged ipod, but not the battery. Unless of course I want my ipod to explode someday for no apparent reason. :)
     
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    A friend spilt water all over her laptop, and I removed the battery, hard drive, and anything I could to help it air out. After a weekend it was just fine. Crack open that ipod and pull out the battery, then wipe it down with a damp cloth to soak up some of the salt. I think it would be fine. My guess is there is some salt water shorting out the battery or something. I'll pay shipping for you to send it to me! :D
     
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    MacBoobsPro

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    You should be banned from owning electronic devices. :p I was going to say you should be tagged so we could keep an eye on you but will probably destroy that too. :D
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    I'm inclined to agree.

    I see, for example, that the server i host iTunesRegistry.com stays alive for about an hour before it dies completely and requires a hard reset.
     
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    Tymmz

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    have you ever considered moving.

    your list of tech-deaths is terrible.

    is your boat (or house, flat) located on some ancient graveyard?

    i know! because you don't recycle, nature is playing tricks on you. wait! nature would be quite dumb if it would cause it's own pollution.

    sorry, i have no clue.

    skull.gif
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    As a matter of fact, yes!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matanzas_River


    I should also add I've gone through 3 300 watt inverters this year. One never worked. One decided to take up smoking. And one, you guessed it, got soaked with saltwater (but, it WAS in a plastic bag, and the plastic bag filled with salt water. I also lost a loaf of bread in the same bag)

    It's ridiculous!

    And, true, i don't really recycle, but I do use solar. so, balance?
     
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    Tymmz

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    you should be fine with solar.

    just sacrifice a few local animals and all your electronics will remain healthy!
     
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    OtterBox makes a cheaper waterproof case, although it only goes as deep as 3 feet (1 meter). Try otterbox.com -- I'm getting one for my new iPod after working in a ceramics lab over the past four years destroyed my 20Gig 2G with dust, water and dropping.
     
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    :eek: with your track record, you should just go amish
     
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    Few points come to mind quick readily reading your woes...
    1. You must be living too close to the Bermuda Triangle too?
    2. Do you have troubles finding people to ride in your boat with you?
    3. Ummmmmmm,,, what kind of sandwich was you fixing to create, with a 300 W inverter and a loaf of bread in the same bag?
    4. Hire an electrical engineer witchdoctor to remove whatever curse is upon you.

    ;)
     
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    Tymmz

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    that's the way to go.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    You dont seem to have much luck with your devices :)

    Seriously though, If I were you I would either list it on ebay as a damaged item or list the individual parts on ebay and you may just get some of your money back!
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    add a cellphone to the list. it rained. :(

    second time this stupid cellphone died due to that. so much for nextel's "ruggedized" i580.

    I can't wait until i get my hands on an iPhone, so i can destroy that.
     
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    wow man... i dont know what to say
     
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    Remind me never to lend you anything...
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    ...and a tire. Some kid slashed it.
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    And some brand new ram. I bought all new hardware for itunesregistry, and within like 3 days, the RAM started failing, and now it's failed entirely.

    For your own sakes, keep clear of me.
     

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