THIS FIX WILL PROBABLY VOID WARRANTY
Hello Pebble Community,
If you are experiencing the notorious “tearing” or lines/glitching on the display of your pebble original, I have a fix for you. The issue seems to persist despite performing a firmware update or factory reset on the pebble, and Pebble tech support has confirmed in other threads that this issue is, in fact, a hardware one. I can personally confirm that this is a hardware issue, and discovered that it can be easily fixed. IF YOU CAN STILL GET YOUR PEBBLE REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY, DO SO!! THIS WILL PROBABLY VOID YOUR WARRANTY! Since my warranty had expired, and my Pebble wasn’t working right anyway, I decided to explore the guts of my pebble. Unbeknownst to me, this would turn out to fix my display issues. I discovered that the Pebble’s e-paper display is fused to the glass of the watch body, while the internal electronics and backlight are self contained in a “detachable” unit. The motherboard/backlight interfaces with the display via ribbon-type contacts. I assume the display glitching is a result of an intermittent contact between the display and motherboard. The following instructions should fix your display issues: 1) Unscrew the four star-style screws on the back of your watch and (CAREFULLY) pop out the electronics inside. 2) Blow on/clean the contacts on the bottom side of the motherboard/backlight unit. 3) Reinstall the internals and back of watch. (This fix did not affect the waterproof seal for ME and MY PEBBLE. Your results may vary.) Enjoy, and happy Pebble-ing! This should be used as a temporary fix; please continue to support Pebble’s awesome wearable innovation by buying a new Pebble soon.
A happy Pebble user