Did I destroy my Kindle?
May 7, 2012 6:19 AM Subscribe
Did I ruin my Kindle? Can it be fixed?
posted by jbickers to Technology (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've got an older-gen e-ink Kindle, and last night while outside at a soccer game, I absent-mindedly stuck it in my pocket. I guess it was there for about five minutes. When I took it out, it looked fine, was still on the screensaver, nothing wrong. Took it home and thought nothing of it.
But later that night, when I tried to wake it, there was a black bar obscuring about the top inch of the screen. As I put it into sleep and then back out, it spread and got wierder, vertical and horizontal lines all over the place. It also got dimmer and unreadable in places. It's still "working" in that switching it from sleep to wake changes it from the menu to the sleep screen, but it's illegible and getting worse.
I can only assume some moisture got into it while it was in my pocket - it was hot outside and I was sweaty. I don't know anything about the e-ink tech, but I am afraid I may have destroyed it. Is there a way to save it? It was purchased as a refurbished unit from Woot (a long time ago), so warranty is out of the question.