Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Charging paused. Voltage too high….

Charging

I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy S2 for almost a year now and apart from some minor issues (a lockup here or there, an unrequested reboot..), it’s been hassle free. It’s a great phone and coped with everything I could throw at it!

Then yesterday happened and I started to get the dreaded message above constantly… Click OK and it would return minutes later. Beep beep beep beep, it was enough to drive me mad, specially when it happened in the middle of calls! I could put the phone into silent mode, but then I would miss calls….

I Googled and then Googled some more and none of it looked good. Most posts out there seem to think that it is a corrosion issue in the USB port and suggest that you gently clean the port with a brush, toothpick, compressed air… I tried them all (apart from the compressed air, I was all out), to no avail.

For the hell of it, just in case it was a glitch in the matrix, I reset the phone to factory settings. I thought it was fixed, but no, the dreaded pop up and beep started all over again. I eventually gave in and returned my phone to where I bought it. Just as well, if I had waited a few days, it would have been out of warranty! I’m told I should have it back within 5 to 10 working days.

So here I sit with my backup phone, an HTC Hero, almost 3 years old. It was a fantastic phone in its day, but after using the S2 for so long, I find it incredibly slow. I shouldn’t complain though, after all, it’s still working after 3 years, unlike the S2!!

 

***** Update *****

I got my S2 back from the repair shop tonight. Not sure exactly what they fix was, they just say they replaced an electronic part and updated the system software. I presume the electronic part was the USB charging port.

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