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PRO-2096 digital scanner display lines from top to bottom

We bought it at the radio shack store in salem, n.h. and 15 days before the warranty went out, the display totaly went out but you could still hear the action but the display was blank.

My grand mother brought it to the store and the MGR exchanged the display for the bad one. (that was good)
Now just over 34 days, the display on the NEW one has black vertical lines from top to bottom.
Is this a common thing with radio shack scanners.
My grand mother paid FULL price for the scanner for my grandfather who had cancer. He passed away and my grand mother is stuck with a $500.00 useless scanner. Can anyone help me fix this scanner.
Thank you all.

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  • rob8407 Jan 15, 2009

    Thanks for the reply !

    I tried all of that and still no change.

    The scanner works fine other than seeing whats on the display.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    I have had my scanner for 4 months and worked great. Then turned it on one day and screen was blank but still heard action. I unplugged from power for 5 min and plugged back in and screen came back on.

  • rob8407 Feb 05, 2009

    Does anyone have a schematic, service manual for this rad shack black hole radio



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You can push on the display with your finger and see if you notice any change, if so it is probably a bad solder joint or crack in a circuit trace on the printed circuit board. Also with the unit unplugged you can open up the case and check for loose plugs by removeing them and then plugging them back in, then plug the scanner back into the wall outlet and turn it on to see if that helped. The voltages inside are low except where the power cord goes into the unit, at the fuse, and on the primary side of the transformer, so dont touch these areas unless you know what you are doing.

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  • rah1379 Jan 15, 2009

    are you good at soldering? It could be the display or the ics that drive it. You might find another one of the same model on ebay for parts or buy the parts you need new from some of the electronic distributors online.Often its not the ics but a transistor or other component that regulates the power that goes to the display. Try searching online for a schematic or service manual and then we can see what parts to check.Working on scanners can be hard sometimes because they use surface mount components that are really small but with good eyes, a steady hand, and a little logic it can be done.I will see if i can find any service information on it, i have lots of websites saved, and books on this subject.



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