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Old January 9th, 2017
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I noticed something this morning and maybe others who've noticed would please comment also.

My iX is mounted next to my RVM so I rarely see the buttons. This morning, I wanted to fiddle with my settings so I popped my iX out of the mount right after I started the car (right after the detector powered on).

I noticed the button light display brightness slowly varying. Less bright to more bright and back down again. It was cold and dark outside as I was leaving for work. The display brightness wasn't varying - just the button light brightness.

I watched it cycle 3 or 4 times and then put the detector back into its mount.

The button brightness varying was fairly slow - like watching someone's chest when they breathe.

Has anyone noticed this? Maybe the Max detectors exhibit the same behavior?

It's not really a problem/issue, it's just something I've never noticed before because of where my RD is mounted.

I'm not surprised the button light brightness is controlled separately from the display brightness but if the same photo sensor is being used, I wonder why the display brightness wasn't varying the same way.

Maybe it was a one-time event? I don't know.

Temps down around 18 degrees this morning which is pretty much as cold as it ever gets where I live. Maybe the cold has something to do with it?

Thoughts anyone?

Dan
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Old January 11th, 2017
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Ok, nobodies had any thoughts and I haven't noticed this behavior again after looking for it at power-on the past 2 days.

I will post about it again if I notice it again.

I did wonder if it was intentional behavior to help the driver see the buttons.

Maybe my detector is haunted

Dan
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Old January 11th, 2017
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Okay now? Is it plugged in securely? Ambient temperature might be affecting the cig lighter plug contacts, maybe unplug and plug it back in.


EDIT: I wasn't quick enough, I posted a few seconds after you did.

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Old January 11th, 2017
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flylow7f39 -

Thank you for the suggestion.

As far as plugged in securely - it's a hardwire cord and the RJ-11 clicks into place. If somethings not quite right about that, I can't tell. But while the brightness was varying, I did push on the RJ-11 to make sure it was seated.

To make sure, I'll look at the connection at the fuse block this weekend. When I go to work, it's dark. When I come home from work, it's dark. So checking out the connection at the fuse block has to wait.

That's the only thing I can think of. But I'm sure of what I saw. And it makes sense that the brightness for both the buttons and display are adjusted at power-on so maybe the photo-sensor was doing a little dance because of the cold that morning.

I'll post if I find the power connection marginal.

Thanks again for the help.

Dan
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Old January 12th, 2017
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Out here in Salisbury, we were cold, very cold 2-days ago. Though I have never noticed any issues with my 9500iX in extremely cold weather, I can't say that the cold weather would not have affected your iX's display. I know for sure that the digital display on my MB, which is parked outdoors, was gittery for a few seconds after startup.
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I noticed the button light display brightness slowly varying. Less bright to more bright and back down again.
This is normal when the detector is alerting. The button's backlights pulsate.
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Old January 13th, 2017
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This is normal when the detector is alerting. The button's backlights pulsate.
The detector was going through its power-on sequence and audibly alerting about the disabled options. I'll presume this counts as "alerting". If so, thank you for clearing up the mystery.

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Old January 14th, 2017
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strange my detector started doing the same when i start it up it says trs or tsr off laser off it never done that before is this a problem. plus the false alerts and the gray outs is on an all time high i cant even enjoy my detector anymore to many false signals
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Old January 14th, 2017
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Djtimex1 -

Factory defaults are TSR and laser ON. If you haven't changed those settings using Preferences mode, it's possible the detectors settings somehow "flipped".

When you change a setting away from the factory default value, the iX shows those changed settings on the display at each power-up.

Go into Preferences (programming) mode and turn laser on. And turning TSR on is also a good idea.

Dan

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Old January 15th, 2017
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thank you very much
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