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Old April 14th, 2010
KenK KenK is offline
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Hello all,

I own a couple of these older Passport 5000. I really like them
however the displays die or loose segments after years of use.

The display board is a simple plug in, just like a memory chip
for a computer. I was at a Ham Radio Flea market and found
a box of junk detectors some of which where 5000's. For a couple
bucks I bought a couple both with good displays and swapped them
out on my working detectors. Well it's been a few years
and one of them is loosing segments.

I was curious if any Techs might reveal what the problem on the board
might be for the displays that just go dead. I am a tech myself
and would like to repair some of my older displays.

I also would like to know if their is a mod to offer a louder beeping
alarm notification. I have 2 of these 5000's and one is much louder
than the other.

Basically, anyone get in and do some repairs or hacks their 5000?
It's not worth sending in for repair due to the age but worth
repairing myself.

Thanks
Ken
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Old April 14th, 2010
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Hey, for their time, they were neat. Their X and K band detection is right on par with the original Passport. But be careful, their Ka band detection is nowhere near any decent detector today. It's pretty atrocious.
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Old April 14th, 2010
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We wouldn't repair the LCD display itself, just replace it. We haven't serviced the 5000 model for quite some time so we don't have any parts available for them.
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Old July 7th, 2015
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Default 5000 display

I bought of few of these at a flea market. I was able to test them
and as long as the display was good I bought them for $5.00.

That solved the problem but now all of them I have cycled through
and all have either dead displays, or portions of a segment missing.

One other problem I had with a 5000 is the Laser would continue to beep.
I removed the display and it worked perfectly.

I still use my 5000 everyday. I have a backup with no display but
other than that it works.

Would be nice to find a few more units just for the displays. It has
to be common problem with the display or a part on the display.

Somebody should offer a "All known problems and Fixes" for the Passport/Escort Detectors for the do it yourself repair person.

Ken
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Old July 7th, 2015
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I bought of few of these at a flea market. I was able to test them
and as long as the display was good I bought them for $5.00.

That solved the problem but now all of them I have cycled through
and all have either dead displays, or portions of a segment missing.

One other problem I had with a 5000 is the Laser would continue to beep.
I removed the display and it worked perfectly.

I still use my 5000 everyday. I have a backup with no display but
other than that it works.

Would be nice to find a few more units just for the displays. It has
to be common problem with the display or a part on the display.

Somebody should offer a "All known problems and Fixes" for the Passport/Escort Detectors for the do it yourself repair person.

Ken
Getting parts (new or used) for those units is near impossible on secondary market, so perhaps you need to call ER direct and see what they can offer you.
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