Screen is freaking out all of a sudden.

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  1. Card

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    Okay, here's the deal. Lately, the screen on my D1 has been going haywire, and it's really starting to get on my nerves.

    Sometimes it works fine, but now more often than not it won't recognize taps, swipes, or so on correctly. To make matters worse, anytime it stops recognizing my taps, the screen goes unresponsive for about 10 seconds, then flips out and starts acting like there are a bunch of phantom swipes. If I'm on the home screen, it will slide back and forth across the screens, if I'm in the App Drawer or any kind of menu, it just keeps scrolling all the way to the bottom. If I try to scroll back up, it goes immediately back down. Angry Birds is pretty much unplayable now [ :( ] as it just shoots back and forth across the screen and flings my birds all higgledy piggledy. Seems to have the same issue in every app/menu. I've tried every method I know to restart the phone (rebooting, shutting down, pulling the battery), none of which works. Even answering the phone calls or unlocking the device have become a handful, as it only registers my swipe about 50% of the time for these actions.

    A little bit about my phone. Like I said, it's a D1. It's rooted, Cyanogen 6.1.2 (was on 6.0 when this issue started, and updated hoping it would help. It didn't), factory CPU clocking. I haven't added any new apps that I can recall around the time it started doing it, which was about a week or two ago. The phone hasn't seen any serious drops or exposed to liquids (the moisture strip still looks normal). The keyboard still works fine, and the physical buttons all function exactly as they should.

    Any ideas as to a possible fix, or should I just wipe the data and cache, flash it back to the standard FroYo, and bring it in for service? I'd like to avoid the latter option...but on the other hand, I'd like to have a fully functional phone again too.
     
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    82 page views and no one has an idea? Makes me sad. I really don't want to have to go through the hassle of restoring my phone to factory and getting a new unit all over again. And despite how much I'd like one, I really don't want to drop the dough on a Droid 2.
     
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    Do you use the stock Moto charging block and cable ?
     
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    I had that same problem two weeks ago. We were in Orlando on vacation no less, so I couldn't do much troubleshooting.

    For three days I tried different ROMS and kernels and nothing seemed to work. Again, I was on vacation so I only had time to troubleshoot while standing in line and such. But nothing seemed to work at all. No matter what ROM, kernel, ROM/kernel combo I tried I had the same problem. Phone would be fine for a few hours and then just start wigging out.

    I ended up unrooting my phone and going back to stock. That full reset seemed to do the trick. It has happened two times since the reset, but a simple battery pull solved it.
     
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    Out of curiosity, why do you ask?

    My phone is constantly in and out of the Moto Desktop dock. Would that have something to do with it?
     
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    You could try one of the dock blocker apps that are out there and see if it stops doing when the docking app is blocked. I would also recommend if you are using a screen protector, which you should be, to try replacing that. Last, but not least, are you using any task killers or antivirus?
     
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    I had the same thing happen this summer. Turns out it only happened when my phone was in my pocket and subject to some moisture (sweat). Once phone sat on a table for a few minutes, everything is fine. And anytime that I have my Droid in my pocket and I have been hot it does this.

    Droid screen plus moisture, even humidity, dont mix.
     
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    I just recently had a similar problem with d1. It was doing those things and more like calling amd texting people on its own, opening apps, adding numbers on the calculator etc. I was totally stock. Verizon wiped the phone and it didnt help. They said the screen was broken ie not cracked or wet or anything jusy history. Had to replace the phone.
     
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    Its a common problem a lot of people seem to have with non-Motorola cables, when they're used, the phone goes weird.
     
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    Haha, I got a ton of replies at once, awesome! :)

    Well, let me go ahead and try and put some more info out there.
    Docking, yes I do use the Motorola home dock and car dock, as well as the factory USB cable. It seems to read docking and undocking without any issue.

    -I do not use a screen protector. The screen itself (both the glass and the pixels underneath) seem to be completely undamaged.

    -I don't use task killers or anti-virus on the phone.

    -It seems to do it regardless of temperature or humidity. And as previously stated, the moisture strip is still reading dry as the day it was born.

    Haha, maybe there's a bizarre magnetic field affecting Orlando and it hates Droids, as that's where I'm at.
     
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    Clean your screen with a good glass cleaner, remove any screen protector you may have on and replace it with a new one, do a prox reset -- reboot the phone with your finger over the proximity sensor so it relearns what is and what isn't close.

    If that doesn't work it might be software and a hard reset is in order, or it could be a failing digitizer.
     
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    I just spent a couple of weeks in Costa Rica--very humid. After a few days, the screen simply stopped responding to touch. I tried a hair dryer near it and it started working again, but then stopped and was no longer responsive to longer bouts of hair dryer action. I sadly called Verizon and got one of those wonderful refurbished D1s. It is working fine, if a little looser than my original one (as I never opened it up to use the hard keyboard). I do think it is a moisture thing. Of course, I am back in the desert.

    Good luck.
     
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