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XTS2500i Display blank (sometimes)

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I've got a VHF 2500i which occasionally decides its display doesnt want to work.

i know on the 7/800 variants, the display can be "jumpy" because its not making proper contact, and a common fix (aside from smacking the **** out of it) is to pry open the case slightly and reseat it.

This one however literally just blanks out. Backlight on display and keypad works just fine, keys appear to work. Just nothing on the screen.


I may try the pry it open and close trick... its not like this thing is still intrinsically safe, and its not actively used in public safety anymore, so no risk of something going wrong with it in the field.
 

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Common failure point on these cost cutter radios are the ZIF connectors and the associated flex cables that connect the front cover audio, keypad and display to the uniboard. If re-seating doesn't resolve, the ZIF connectors themselves may have worked loose from the board and may require reflow or replacement to fix.
 

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ugh component level fixes are not my thing.

I guess i'll continue percussive maintenance.
 

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So i ended up having to take my pager into the county shop for a reprogram, and i took the radio as well just to ask the tech.

He hit it with a mallet.

It fixed it.

Guess i was on the right track smacking it with my palm.

(This radio is literally a desk queen that scans one tac channel during large scale incidents, and is NOT used in a public safety environment, and i DO not recommend this repair method"
 

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Oh this thing is just mocking me now.

Large scale incident.
Radio got turned on.

Display is now UPSIDE DOWN.
 

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Proper repair means either reflowing the ZIF connectors, replacing the flex/all the above. Your shade tree tech slapping it with a mallet should get some time off in the street. This is s duty radio not a toy, any tech who cares about you will do a real repair/replace not a redneck repair. SMH.
 

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Tell me you don’t read everything without telling me you don’t read everything.
 

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So i ended up having to take my pager into the county shop for a reprogram, and i took the radio as well just to ask the tech.

He hit it with a mallet.

It fixed it.

Guess i was on the right track smacking it with my palm.

(This radio is literally a desk queen that scans one tac channel during large scale incidents, and is NOT used in a public safety environment, and i DO not recommend this repair method"
But you said it's a public safety radio used for PS use. Not some hobbyist toy.

Your radio tech is a moron. I read that part clearly. Would be fired in my shop. Glad I am employed where we at least do things the half right way.

Now if you actually want do get the radio repaired, I posted a link to the basic and detailed service manuals. If your "tech" graduated high school, they should be able to follow the troubleshooting flow chart and find out exactly what I stated: the ZIF connectors are bad, loose on the board, or the flex is.
 

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But you said it's a public safety radio used for PS use. Not some hobbyist toy.
OP mentioned not once but TWICE in this thread that it's not used for public safety. Once in post 1 and once in post 5.
 

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OP mentioned not once but TWICE in this thread that it's not used for public safety. Once in post 1 and once in post 5.
Which doesn't matter, as the "repair" method his shadetree "tech" used obviously didn't work.
When the terms "large scale incident" are used, kind of implies it's somewhat official capacity, whether it's a desk driver or a truck driver, if the "county radio shop" fixes radios with hammers versus following the service literature, makes one wonder how they maintain vehicles, buildings, etc.
 

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Oh this thing is just mocking me now.

Large scale incident.
Radio got turned on.

Display is now UPSIDE DOWN.
That is excatly what happened to one of my XTS2500's. I would smack the display and it would fix it until I finally cracked it open and reseated the flex cables. Moto should have made that an option, makes it easier to read the radio if you are upside down.....:)
 

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OP mentioned not once but TWICE in this thread that it's not used for public safety. Once in post 1 and once in post 5.
some people not only have no comprehension skills, they also believe that everyone else must be wrong, because they cant even understand when they are.
 
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