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First my 295 would only work on external batt.and then the display went black,I opened it up and found a screw missing from the connection to the internal batteries and reinstalled it.Now The unit is working with internal or external power but has no light in the display.It's visable when held in bright sunlight at the correct angle. Any sujestions? Also Could this be hooked up to a PDA or other device and used to read the disllay?. Thanks Keith

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There's a chance your display is dimmed. Try turning it on in a dark room (the bathroom with the light off, for instance). Once you hear it beep to start up, slowly count to five then press Enter for the welcome screen. Now press the power button (top right, red, looks like a light bulb) then press the Up nav button a few times (the top of the 4-way directional). That adjusts the brightness.

You may also need to adjust the contrast - that's left and right, you don't need to push any buttons. Just play with it till you can start to see something.

If that doesn't work, then yes - the previous poster would be right, there's probably an issue with the display. If it happened after you opened it up, then try opening it up again and checking (carefully!) all the cables to the display - one will be for the information on the screen, and another will be for the backlight and power. Make sure those are connected nice and tight.

And no, I'm afraid you can't hook it up to a PC or a palm pilot or something to read the display. It doesn't work like that unfortunately. If you can power it on and connect it to your computer (do you have the serial cable?) then you can pull your routes and waypoints down with software called EasyGPS. But you won't be able to read what would be on the screen.

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Hi there,

There are 2 chances -
1. battery have the problem - Tell me is there the same situation when it works with external power sours?
2. display have the problem - If the answer of first option 'YES' that means there is a problem with the display.


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