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I have a waterlogged Nintendo DS...is there anything I can do?

Asked by knitfroggy (8941points) May 9th, 2009

My 6 year old thought it would be a good idea to take the DS into the bathtub with him because the screen was dirty. Now it won’t turn on or anything. Is it just fubar’d or is there something I can do?

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buckyboy28's avatar

I would take the battery out (it’s screwed in on the back), and take a blow dryer to it on the cool setting. Also check for water that might have gotten in the battery slot. If you have a tri-wing screwdriver (the tip looks like a “Y”), carefully open up the back of the DS and check for any water that might have gotten in the system. Blow dry that too. It might be beyond repair, but it is certainly worth a shot.

If it is dead, consider selling it on eBay as broken. There are a lot of people who use various parts in broken DS’s. You might not get a lot of money for it, but at least you’ll get something.

elijah's avatar

DO NOT BLOW DRY IT! that is the worst thing you can do, as it blows the water in further. My daughter dropped one off the dock into the lake. We stood it like an upside down V for a few days, maybe a week. It worked fine. Do not try to turn it on anymore, it could fry it if it isn’t dead yet. Just let it dry out.

aeschylus's avatar

I once left the window of my dorm open and it rained while I was out. It rained directly on my laptop for a good 45 minutes while I was out. When I got back, it was sitting in a puddle of water on my desk. Luckily, it wasn’t turned on when I left it. I unplugged it and let it sit for 2 days after wiping up all the water around it and off the keyboard and screen. After 2 days, I blow-dried the whole thing for about 20 minutes. It works fine, no problem.

adreamofautumn's avatar

Put it in a bag of rice (or dehydrated beans, etc, but rice is best) it’ll suck the moisture out of it. I can’t guarantee it’ll fix it, but it’s a shot.

Dansedescygnes's avatar

My brother dropped his cell phone in the toilet once (lol) and after he tried drying it as best as he could with towels and by shaking it (it still wouldn’t turn on at this point) my dad actually put it in the toaster oven and turned the oven function on (low setting) and let it dry in there. After he took it out, it turned on and it worked fine after that. My brother has a new cell phone now, but that phone never broke after that.

It’s the same thing my dad did when my brother dropped his teddy bear in the toilet. I don’t know what it is with my brother and dropping things in the toilet.

But my dad’s solution is a little risky. Try to get as much water out of it as you can. Let it sit for a while. It will dry out eventually. I know that just because it dries out doesn’t mean it will work, but it might. And definitely take out the battery. That was the first thing my brother did.

shrubbery's avatar

I’d say let it dry in the sun with the battery out rather than blow dry it.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I don’t have a solution for you, but I do have a funny story. My wife was at the laundromat one day, stuffed her winter coat in the machine, and a few minutes later wanted to call someone to pass the time. It was then she realized her phone was IN her coat pocket INSIDE the washing machine. Doh!

Needless to say, it was ruined and never worked again, but hey, it was really clean!

buzinator11's avatar

that might work but some times it doesn’t mine got soaked by a water bottle and the damage is done and one of the screens is blank the whole time.But being in a bath tub its gone. I suggest getting a new one unless it had a warranty.

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