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No backlight after light water- all else seems to work

Only briefly wet in fresh water, dried in rice for days and now appears to have everything working (including touch functions) but screen stays black. I disassembled and cleaned all contacts. Saw no corrosion. I can answer calls by swiping screen and can access all files via USB to computer link. Incoming Email and text notification alarms continue. Battery will recharge. Anything else to try other than new digitizer?

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Thanks for quick and helpful reply. Much appreciated. Angled light does not reveal any outlines. I did use 91% isopropyl alcohol and new clean soft bristle tooth brush but did not completely disassemble-- i did remove logic/mother board and focused on all its contacts. I will redo with complete dis-assembly. If still fails, any recommendation on display assembly source/quality? Thanks again.

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Update: disassembly and reclean did not work. I noted that of the 4 moisture indicators on the unit only one (near flash/assist light) had any indication of discoloration. I checked ebay and found several LCD/digitizer assemblies for sale. Unless other suggestions, i will start bidding or just buy a one of those ($150-$200). Anyone know if it possible to test by just connecting another Note 2 LCD pin connector to my mother board (without moving other components)?

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Update2: Impressive Mr Turkey. Now i need to find a meter with small enough probes. Maybe i can tape pins to my basic home owner unit. I assume back cover off, power on operation is possible...?? Checking your graciously provided schematics, i couldn't find L706, L705 or PMIC U500. Do i need better glasses or ? In any case, i cant solder something that small but, if voltage tests all positive it does confirm need for LCD. Thanks. Your assist again appreciated. Thumbs up

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Tom Retson, you wont need a new digitizer. From what you are describing, the digitizer still works, but your LCD does not. the LCD contains the backlight. Angle a light against the LCD and see if you see any outlines at all. You did not tell us how your cleaned the logic board. I strongly suggest 90%+ isopropyl alcohol as well as a soft bush. Clean the logic board and all connectors very carefully. you may have to repeat this step a couple of times. After that, reassemble your phone and re-evaluate. If you still do not see anything, it is possible that you still need a new display assembly.

==Update ==

I attached the flow sheet for the LCD trouble shooting as well as the schematic for the connector and the part reference. Hope this helps.

Added that part of the component layout....;-)

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UPDATE and Epilog...i hope... I was able to detect voltage across (some) contacts with my less than appropriate multimeter. So, i bought a high quality used (after inquiry/response with seller) LCD/Digitizer assembly and installed it. 3 days of successful operation with no indication of any performance degradation. I'm opening my Note 2 repair shop next week.... ;-) Thanks again for assist.

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Tom Retson, good job in getting it accomplished. Best of luck with your repair shop.

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Hello oldturkey03, were do you get your troubleshooting flowcharts from?

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My phone is Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and I tried the isopropyl thing already,but still the screen is dark though touch is working.How much changing the display may cost?Or,can i solve this myself ?

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I have the same issue. I dropped it and it fell on its back. I checked all the water indicators and the only one that went white was down by the charger. All the others where still good. So I'm guessing I got a lttl water in the screen. How do I get water out of a screen or how do check and see if I need a new one?

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