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Old 10-08-2006, 07:26 AM
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I have an E-120, one year old. While running at night last week, , everything fine, and then screen goes dark. If you looked carefully, could just make out the screen details, but so dark you'd swear it was off. Powered down, reset, and back to normal. 10 minutes later, happened again. Almost like a screensaver was coming on. If I didnt touch the buttons to scroll from page to page, it seemed OK, but as a soon as I started scrolling, problem happened. Anyone have that??

Also had the dreaded dsm300 dropout freezing my sounder. And happened with full charge while trolling, voltage flucuations and batts should have been fine.
Old 10-08-2006, 08:24 AM
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Maymarine strikes again. Sorry to hear of your problems. Most people don't know this but you only have a one year "on board warranty" . Equipment covered for 2 years if they agree that it is faulty equip. If you take boat to an "authorized installer" they will "not" cover any labor. In my humble opinion....Raymarine has let down alot of the boating public but taking our money for garbage equipment. There have been several who have ripped out all of the Raymarine equipment and replaced with Furuno. When I get the coin together I will be doing the same. I have also heard there is a class action lawsuit in the makings. Capt. George
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Check your voltage supplying it. That sounds like the backlight blinking out. I've seen that on my E-80 if the DC goes below 12v. Make sure you've got the right gauge feeding the display and that the connections to it haven't corroded.

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What is your birghtness setting when running at nght? I do find that if I have the brightness level set to the lowest setting, the display will black out (albeit only for a second or two) and then birghten up again to the low brightness setting. I do not lose any settlings or data -- it's just a little more than a screen flicker that doesn't affect operations at all.

If I keep the brightness set to anything higher than the lowest setting, everything works great. This is the exact scenarios for both of my E120s.

I would be sure you have good voltage to the unit. Does the DSM data warning come on before the screen dims out? If the DSm and the 120 are on the same power supply, I think you'll lose the DSm before the 120.
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I think I was on the lowest brightness setting as you mentioned. Mine blacked out, and stayed that way, and it happened seveal times about 10 minutes apart while running at night. Had to stop, reboot, etc., lost my headings. I didnt see a dsm warning, and I have to climb into the cabin and remove a panel to see the led lights. Will try keeping it one setting higher than full dim and see what happens, be great if that solved it. Not really wanting to pull everything apart to try and fix it (flushmounted). Will check to see power on dsm vs. 120 as well, not sure of the power supply origin. Thanks for the advice....will report back.
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Perhaps you guys with the voltage concerns just need to have the software in your display upgraded.Raymarine had a problem with the earlier software.
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I had the same problem on Thursday.... screen went blank when I turned on the radar function. Called Raymarine.... Told to go to "Menu"--> "System Diagnostics"---> "Internal Interfaces"---> "CCFL"---> "Power Monitor" will be on the bottom of screen. Found that I only had 11.2 volts going to the E120. Took the unit out of the NavPod.... had 12.5 volts going to the end of the plug. Cleaned the contacts on the E120, applied some dielectric grease to all connections. Turned the unit on..... went thru the previous system check.... Now found 12.3 volts.
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I have the same problem, fades out until you almost can't see then brightens right back up with no data lost.
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Thanks for the replies. Turns out is is/was a voltage issue with one battery. Trying to track it down now, but in all fairness, it wasnt a Raymarine problem, so I apologize for jumping to conclusions that the E-120 was faulty. It isnt, it's too low a voltage with the radar going.

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