Sad to report that my lack of patience has broken my D5. I like installing just about every watch face you guys post to see what it looks like on my watch. My routine is to disconnect from my computer after dropping new watch design folders into my ClockSkin folder on the watch, then touch and hold and scroll to the new skin thumbnail to take a look on the watch. I’ve always waited a couple of seconds between the disconnect and the press and hold to wait for reindexing the list on the watch. Last night I didn’t wait. Wrong.
Upon pressing and holding the watch screen immediately after computer disconnect, the screen went black. Scrolling left or right yielded nothing (I often get a black screen but scrolling reveals watch thumbnails between the black spacers). Tapping the screen again brought up an empty watch face (usually it’s the last watch face displayed if it was on a black spot when I tapped). I could scroll to the notifications, health, etc., but only black on watch face display.
So, I hooked back to the computer and deleted the entire ClockSkin folder. Same results upon disconnect. It’s like the clockskin indexing got corrupted and nothing is available.
So, in dismay, I rebooted the watch. It loaded through the logo to the short vibrate and slight screen dimming, then hung (presumably trying to load up the watch face index is my guess). Since it’s not fully booted, it won’t connect USB to computer. A long press on button reboots the watch, but same boot up to freeze happens.
So I opened and disconnected the power (glad I watched those SmartWatchTicks videos he he he). Reconnected, same result.
Pulled out the two screws to lift the top board a bit and shorted out center and one of the two side button connections and got the watch into some sort of recovery mode (I think – all Chinese), but didn’t know where to go or what to do. I tried to connect USB to the computer while in that mode, but no luck.
No, Lokie, I’m ashamed to say I don’t and didn’t TWIRP or flash or root or any of that stuff. I’ve always played with stock 'cause that’s where most of my video viewers are at. It’s the level I’m at, too. For now, all I can do is disconnect the power and wait for inspiration.
I’m posting this mostly as a warning to others to be patient when disconnecting after updating your ClockSkin folder before trying to switch watch faces. There’s something going on there, and it can be corrupted leading to catastrophic watch failure. A precious two seconds has cost me my watch (for now).