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Display screen is blank - Radio Shack Pro-2096 Base Scanner

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  • derfsmom Dec 04, 2007

    my pro-2096 scanner is only 2 months old please help me get the display screen to work

  • fred43
    fred43 Dec 16, 2007

    just bought one and tried it display screen...argh!

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2008

    This morning my new USED PRO-2096’ s display was BLANK, Radio still scanned. LCD screen dimming functions all work but no characters. Turned unit on and off several times with no success, left it for a few minutes and turned it on again. It was now displaying correctly! The display lasted about an hour then went blank again. I took the covers off and cleaned the (rubbed with my finger) ribbon cable solder connections at the LCD Faceplate. It now is displaying all characters & has been on for 5 hours.

    I’m thinking the problem could be tracking caused by humidity? If it happens again I’ll try cleaning the connections again and if it works, I’ll try spraying some GLYPTOL or other non-conductive acrylic spray onto the area. I’ll keep you posted!

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2008

    I have the same problem. Is this common with RS scanners?

  • standers420 Feb 07, 2008

    20 minutes out of the box.... right after the store closed for the night... nice

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    HI my scanner worked about 4 month then lst week it did this same thing still scan's just fine but no display and yep my dimmer works just fine thanks

  • tom burkhart Mar 23, 2008

    Have same problem,just got it after a week,plug it in turn it on ,went to find list of frequencies,and go to put them in....No display?Might try what you guys said about the ribbon cable after i contact this seller i got it off of

  • Anonymous Jun 14, 2008

    Same as others. Worked for a while, several months in my case, then a blank screen.

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    my Pro-2096 has this problem also. radio shack replaced it after it was repaired once, but now has quit again. unit works fine except the display is blank.

    This must be a common problem for this model scanner.

  • giggles7247 Feb 17, 2009

    how do you remove the two little white locking pins??

  • bhughes71 Mar 09, 2009

    I had this model for 6 months before the display quit working. Radio Shack replaced it with a new one. When I got home and truned it, I found the same problem. The store manager swore that this was not the reason this model was discontinued.

    I have never seen a Radio Shack scanner discontinued so fast. I exchanged it for the Pro-197. I haven't read of any problems with this model yet. I hope I don't have any.



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I followed the advice given by standers420 and CAREFULLY pulled the locking pins on the ribbon connector to remove the end of the ribbon cable from the board. I trimmed 1mm-2mm off the end of the cable cleaned the connectors and re-inserted the cable/locked the pins back into place. Worked like a charm! Many thanks!

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Trim that small ribbon cable for the display by 2mm, clean contacts, reinstall... known issue...

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I bought one off ebay for $50.00 and shiped it off to the RAT shack service center in jacksonville,Fl it was returedunrepaired the tech says IC312 was shorted and parts no longer available!! Now I have a door stop with $80.00 invested .Soo its on the shelf for parts if anyone is interested!! jimmy34741yahoocom

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

Tried triming cable. It didnt work.

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

I ended up returning the unit. Even the tech at Radio Shack was surprised to see the unit with no display...

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