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    Confused W-S220 won't recover...

    It went into what appears to be recover after perfect operation for just over a year and no excessive usage of the light; in fact no usage at all. Flashing of complete charge indicator zone, all buttons inop, still keeping good time and display still normal but stuck in time keeping mode. Several hours of sun have had no effect...Ideas?
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    Re: W-S220 won't recover...

    Take it apart if you are comfortable doing so. Gently remove the module (be mindful of the alarm and solar connection springs) and see if the module will work outside of the case then re-seat it. That's normal behavior for a Casio Solar. I've had a WS-220 for years and it's never been anything but rock solid. By chance did water ever enter the case?

    Other than removing the module, I'm at a loss. I'm sure others will chime in with suggestions. Good luck. If you are Stateside and the WS-220 needs to be replaced, it is pretty inexpensive.
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    Re: W-S220 won't recover...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocat View Post
    Take it apart if you are comfortable doing so. Gently remove the module (be mindful of the alarm and solar connection springs) and see if the module will work outside of the case then re-seat it. That's normal behavior for a Casio Solar. I've had a WS-220 for years and it's never been anything but rock solid. By chance did water ever enter the case?

    Other than removing the module, I'm at a loss. I'm sure others will chime in with suggestions. Good luck. If you are Stateside and the WS-220 needs to be replaced, it is pretty inexpensive.
    No water ever...thanks for your input!...
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    Re: W-S220 won't recover...

    Maybe its a case of early battery failure.
    But you only know if you exchange the battery.

    Another test to do if there is a software glitch in the watch:
    Reset the module with the AC contact in the module.
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    Re: W-S220 won't recover...

    Did the reset...got rid of flashing charge segment and display set to 12:00...still no functioning buttons...repeated reset and got blank screen, thought maybe it now needed a new charge...a week on my deck with plenty of sun...zip, zero, nada...
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    Re: W-S220 won't recover...

    In order of probality:
    1. dead battery
    2. dead charging circuit in the module (equals dead watch)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorcycle Man View Post
    Did the reset...got rid of flashing charge segment and display set to 12:00...still no functioning buttons...repeated reset and got blank screen, thought maybe it now needed a new charge...a week on my deck with plenty of sun...zip, zero, nada...
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    Re: W-S220 won't recover...

    I realise that this is not the same watch, but the modules should share some similarities.

    See the two gold coloured springs at the bottom of the module holder, underneath the lower LCD flexy connector?

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    Those feed power from the solar cells to the rechargeable CTL1616 accumulator. When I did the mod to the WS-200H, I must have let those fall out, and they are so tiny, that I did not notice. Until a few months later when the power level fell to M, and would not charge. How to test this? Leave the watch set to Power Save mode, and in the morning, after several hours in the dark, the display will be blanked out. When you then aim the watch towards the light, or shine a flashlight at it, if the display reactivates, all is well, if not, then now you know what it is that those darn springs do.

    Having no way to find those actual springs, I improvised by cutting a springbar in half, and extracting the springs within. It worked, and it took over a week to charge up the watch to H.

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    Re: W-S220 won't recover...

    Not similar to what I saw...probably will not put in another battery since I didn't like the negative display that much...Oh well.....
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    MTG-900DA-8V Omega-Vintage ('70s) G.F. Auto
    W-S220C-4
    MRW-S310H Elgin- German Silver PW-manufactured 1896
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