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Please try this!! You may need a soft or hard reset. Here's some reading and instructions. Please use this first! resetting your scanner 1. Turn off your scanner, and then turn it on again.
2. Insert a pointed object into the reset hole on the back of the scanner. Then, gently press and release the reset button. Pressing reset does not clear the scanner's working memory or the V-Scanner folders.
If this doesn't work here's step two! CAUTION. THIS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING, but it MAY Fix the Problem!! Initializing your scanner clears all information stored in your scanner's working memory. Initialize your scanner only when you are sure it is not working properly. V-Scanner memory is not affected when you initialize the scanner.
1. Turn off the scanner, and turn it on again. First, the DSP boot version, and then Welcome To Digital Trunking appears.
2. Press 0. The following messages appear on the display: System Tests
Select Test Exits if no Key Press
3. Press 1. The following messages appear on the display: Factory Init Erase Memory ENTER if Yes CL to EXIT
4. Press ENT. The following messages appear on the display: Initializing Clr Main Mem V-Scan is OK Please Wait
5. Do not turn off your scanner until the initialization is complete. When the initialization is complete, M000 and Bank 0 Ch 00 appear on the display.
You have to program it TRUNKING mode when you enter the control channel frequencies. It is decoding okay as the MO shows motorola control channel and +DG means digital decoded and an OPEN group. You need to press the 'trunk' button everytime a talkgroup comes up that you want it to remember for future 'closed' group (-DG) talk groups. I suggest you go to 'RadioReference DOT com" and there are many forums there for your radio, as well as one or two YAHOO GROUPS specifically for your scanner. 73's
If all else fails, you can RESET or INITIALIZE the scanner to bring it back to normal operation.
To RESET: - Power the scanner OFF - Power the scanner back ON - Insert a pointed object (paper clip, penpoint, etc.) into the RESET hole on the back of the scanner - Gently press and then release the RESET button inside the hole.
NOTE: RESET will NOT erase the data that you've programmed into the scanner.
If RESET doesn't clear the problem, you can carry out the more drastic INITIALIZE process.
- Power the scanner OFF - Power the scanner back ON - Press 0 after the scanner completes its boot routine - Press 1 after the menu appears - Press ENT
NOT power the scanner OFF until the INITIALIZE process is complete
(M000 and Bank 0 Ch 00 appear on the display). The INITIALIZE procedure
will reset the scanner to original factory settings and erase all data
that you have programmed.
If you mean the State of Ohio MARCS system, then you need a digital trunking scanner. The Radio Shack Pro-96 and PRO-2096 will work as will the new GRE 500/600 units and a couple of Uniden Bearcats. They must say "Digital Trunking" or "P-25" for it to work on Ohio MARCS.
I have same problem. First unplug and then turn radio on to clear any left over power. Open the radio by removing 4 screws on back, then 4 more screws to remove top of inner case. then you will see a white ribbon cable. This has either come loose or it is not lined up properly on the connector. There are tabs on each end of the connector, you will need a super tiny screwdriver like for use on eyeglasses to open the tabs. Slide them towards the display or front of radio to remove the ribbon cable. I then used some alcohol and a q-tip and cleaned the metal contact point. then I slid the cable into place, and being careful not to touch anything inside radio, turn it on and check display. It took some moving around for me but finally got it to come back. Then close tabs on connector to hold ribbon cable in place. It seems to be a common problem with this radio.
My 2096 was doing the same thing with a blank screen. IF, your scanner is scanning normally and the dim button still dims your display, your problem could be the same as mine was. This worked for me and got my display working like new again. First thing to do is to take the covers both top and bottom off to expose your scanners insides.Next, once you can see the inside of your scanner you will see a ribbon cable connected to the main board and also soldered to the display. Take the ribbon out of its coupling connector and gently clean the contacts on the ribbon with a cuetip with alcohol on it, also clean the solder joints on the display face that connect the ribbon to the display with the cuetip and alcohol. Ii then reassembled everything, ribbon back into its connector and made sure the clamping mechanisim on the ribbon was securely holding the ribbon. I pluged the power supply into it and turned it on before reassemblig the case covers to see if it would work. Bingo, it worked like new again. Hope it works for you ! Jim
common problem. take it back, or... open it up, access the small ribbon going to the display, remove from connector, trim 2mm STRAIGHT across with SHARP scissors, clean contacts, insert ribbon back into connector and secure, reassemble.