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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by nitronovice, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    Every now and then, I get this weird screen when I press the home button on my Galaxy W.
    [​IMG]
    The only way to exit this screen is to press the back button. Sometimes pressing the home button again will bring me back to this screen.
    The first few times it did this, it prompted me to run it through either Accuweather or Clock. After I deleted Accuweather, it defaulted to running through Clock, as seen in my task manager.

    This is my normal home screen.
    [​IMG]

    As I'm typing this out, my phone keeps switching between the two home screens shown above about every minute.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     


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  2. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Hmmm..., that sounds frustrating. The second image looks like a typical homescreen. The top image I don't recognize. Is it possibly the Touchwhiz screen when you swipe down from the statusbar?
     
  3. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    Nope, definitely not the status bar thing.
    Update: it's really starting to annoy me now. It's reverting to the top image WHILE I'm texting.
     
  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    I have to wait for my wife to get home before I have a Touchwhiz device. I think once we identify what screen the top one is, we can figure out why it is switching on you. I'll ask some other Samsung Guru's to have a look in the meantime.
     
  5. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    So I think I just narrowed it down.
    It seems to be the "Desk Clock" feature that's part of the Clock app that came with the phone. I have no idea why it would keep coming on by itself though. I even tried clearing all clock data.
    However, it won't let me uninstall it either.
     
  6. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Hmmm:hmmm2:

    Can you go into Settings | Apps | All and choose "Desk Clock." There should be a disable button there which would do almost the same thing as uninstalling the app. It actualy freezes it which means it cannot run, but it still takes storage.

    I just found out the other day when my wife was having problems that the settings in Touchwhiz are different then my GNex, so the names in my instructions may be a bit off.:eek:
     
  7. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    Did you by any chance download a new launcher? maybe stock and downloaded launchers are both trying to run?
     
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  8. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    Unforgiven, I just had to restart my phone so I didn't get a chance to try the "Force Stop" button.

    new optimus, I have ADW launcher installed, but it has never cause an issue like this for the past year that I've had it.
     
  9. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Not force stop, the button should say disable.
     
  10. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    I only see:
    Force stop, Cancel
    Clear data, Move to SD card
    Clear cache
    Clear defaults
     
  11. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    its running gingerbread? android version 2.x.x? That version does not have disable. Are you rooted? if so you could use a file explorer and rename the system apk that will stop it from running, and less drastic then removing it.
     
  12. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    I don't want to mess you up. TW seems to display Android much differently than I am used to.:banghead:

    I'm cooking supper right now, my wife will be home in a couple of hours and I'll take a peak at hers. I wonder in new optimus is onto something with the multiple launchers though.
     
  13. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    I'm running 2.3.5, and it's not rooted.
    Should I root my phone?
    If so, could you point me in a good direction to root it and disable the app as you mentioned?
     
  14. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    For rooting read this, try to read it until you understand it, always remember once you root it you can do things that will cause your phone NOT TO WORK and so you need to read and follow the instructions exactly.

    [GUIDE] Rooting, ClockworkMod and Custom ROMs...an A to Z for beginners - xda-developers


    Then after your rooted you will need a file explorer, I use Root Explorer its what I know I do not know how to do the things in the others, never needed to.
    in the file explorer you can navagate to the /system/app folder then find the app that you want to stop, then tap it and chose rename so for example if its deskclock you would see deskclock.apk change it to say deskclock.apk.b

    then save it and reboot the phone it will then disappear from the app drawer. I don't recommend renaming deskclock though unless the samsung touchwiz has a second one in it which it very well might.
     
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  15. sdrawkcab25

    sdrawkcab25 Extreme Android User

    I would first try going back to the stock launcher, just clear the defaults for adw then hit the home button and select the stock launcher...

    also does your phone have a physical home button? it is possible the button is dirty/malfunctioning in some way causing that screen to show up.
     
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  16. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    Thanks, I'll give that a shot.

    I just noticed it only does that random home screen when I unplug it from my usb charger and it finishes running "media scanning".
     
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  17. nitronovice

    nitronovice Lurker
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    Just as an update, I rooted my phone and disabled clock entirely. Problem fixed!
    I also downloaded Alarm Clock Extreme, which can force me to answer math questions to shut off the alarm. I'll never sleep in again!

    Thanks for the help folks, I really appreciate it.

    Ps. Happy new year!
     

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