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Tapwave2 backlight out

The back light on the tapwave 2 is burned out. Do you know what I need to repair it and do you have the parts. I just replaced the battery. Dan

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  • Dano122 Apr 02, 2008

    Thanks for the response: The backlight went out around 3 months before the battery finally died. Thought it might have been the lower output of the old battery couldnt power the backlight. So got the new battery but the back light still did not work. guess it needs a new screen. Cant seem to find one. If you hear of one let me know. Thank you. Dan

  • mrsmcg Jun 04, 2008

    Tapwave dropped... backlight no longer works. Checked cables, everything seems okay. Wondering if there is a fix for this problem, or if I am out of luck and need to start shopping for a new pda.



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If the backlight went at the same time as you replaced the battery, check to make sure you didn't damage or loosen any cables in there.

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