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Effing electronics devices.

So, for a goodly bit of time, I've been noticing some problems with this Samsung Galaxy S4 that I acquired towards the end of January - not just the problem of diddling around on the device excessively, either. Often, when I would plug it into my computer, it wouldn't register with the Android File Transfer software, or was flaky and required lots of plugging and unplugging, and eventually this devolved into a situation where the phone would tell me all kinds of interesting tales about being plugged into a dock whenever I tried to plug it into a charger to charge. Kind of problematic. Also, it wouldn't charge properly. For a little while, I could fool it into charging by turning it off, but last night when I tried to charge it, it appears I drained the battery instead, despite the appearance of the little charging icon.

Brief googling around the internet suggested that many of these phones have hardware problems with the USB connection failing, so as a preventative measure I ordered a used replacement USB board off of iFixit (they didn't have any brand-new ones available). While things might be a bit on the expensive side on that website, I see good reasons to help keep the site alive. I did not grow up taking apart computer bits and reassembling them, so their step-by-step guides are a huge comfort, and they've allowed me to do a whole bunch of basic computer repairs in recent times (thinking back to the previous laptop, where I had to replace the wifi card, for instance).

With the replacement USB board in place, things are looking better now, but I'm not holding my breath because it's a used USB board.

It sucks that any "convenience" associated with lumping various computing functionalities together (phone, GPS device, camera) is so easily offset by device failure. I wonder if there's a Panasonic Toughbook analogue in the smartphone universe.

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Samsung+Galaxy+S4+USB+Board+Replacement/16542

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thewronghands
Apr. 3rd, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm sympathetic. I don't know of one, but I will let you know if I find out.
rebeccmeister
Apr. 3rd, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, thanks. I can't believe I haven't (accidentally) dropped this one and kicked it yet or anything. Ah well.
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