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Backlit display and keypad fading

I purchased two Pro-2096 Digital Scanners when they first became available, one for the house, and one for the car. The other day, I downloaded and installed the Firmware v1.4 update. I did the house scanner first which is probably the only reason I noticed this; but when I went out to the car to upgrade that scanner, I noticed how much dimmer the back lighting had become on it. I keep the house scanner on the dimmest setting and see the display easily; however even with the Dimmer on the highest setting, the display and keypad lighting is not very bright at all anymore. As far as I can tell, all other scanner functions are working okay. I am wondering if the extreme temperature changes experienced here in Minnesota have affected it? The scanner has been in temperatures from 30 Below to 150 Above. It is mounted under-dash, so I don't think it's been in direct sunlight too much. Any suggestions on fixing or upgrading this issue? Has anyone else experienced this?

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Known problem... remove display SMALL ribbon cable, trim 2mm cleanly, clean connections, reinstall, reassemble. good luck

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On the Driver Board of the Display,There should be Some Capicitors,They will tend to Change Value Causing the Display to Go Bad Also since its in a Car look for Bad Solder conns around the ribbon Cable that goes to that Board Goodluck TTech

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