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Funny Saber II Error?

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May 5, 2008
I've got an old Saber II that's coming up with an odd error (I think). For some reason, when I turn it on it comes up with C 1 on the screen, and emits static. Squelch button is NOT being held down, and its static regardless of what channel I put it on. Hitting the "Menu" button makes something really awful happen; the screen turns on almost all the segments but they're in some weird characters.

Any ideas? Is this radio toasted?


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Sep 8, 2002
Somewhere between the Scylla and Charybdis
It's 20 years old and showing signs of advanced old age. It's likely that it has problems on
the main board, and it could be anything from a cold solder joint to components changing
values to components that are completely bad.

It wouldn't do any harm to pull every module and reseat them all, and do the same for the
main board connector as well. Maybe that'll fix it, and maybe not.

Sabers are all getting pretty old, and they won't last forever.

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