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Continuous alert I bought an Escort Passport 8500 off ebay in a sealed box and gave it as a gift a month an a half later. When plugged in it is fine on auto for 30 sec or so then starts going off til unpluged. Is there anything I can do? (Unfortunately, I didnt realize that the warranty wouldnt be accepted when purchased from a non authorized seller and the ebay claim period expired so otherwise Im pretty much screwed...)

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  • greavous Dec 12, 2007

    almost new x50 and once turned on it will continuously alarm in several different bands. is there a solution other than sending it back or shooting it to death? New from Bestbuy by the way

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About the only thing to try with the Escort 8500 and the x50 is to do a full reset. Hold all 3 buttons down while turning the detector on. I believe Escort will still work on it, there will just be a service charge with no warranty.

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Open the end of the power cord it unscrews, check the fuse in it to see if its blown.

Ive also seen the screws loose that hold the circuit board down cause problems. If its out of warranty now, there should be a screw on the bottom usually under a sticker. If you peel that back and remove the screw, and lift the bottom off..Tighten any screw you see holding tbe board down, dont tighten it to hard. Then replace the cover.

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