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Old 01-11-2010, 06:46 AM   #1
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Radio backlighting uneven and streaky

On my 2SS the radio lighting seems strange. Kind of a bright cloudy area in the center and then a lot of vertical light streaks where any numbers or letters are. If I turn the brightness way down seems less noticeable, but then the ambient lighting is pretty much off. The center section between the speedo and tac are kind of the same way but not as bad as the radio.

Are they all this way, just crappy back lighting or should I have it checked out? Kind of makes the ambient lighting useless if I turn it up bright enough to see that, only to have the radio obnoxiously bright and streaky.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:16 AM   #2
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Mine looks ok. You may want your dealer to look at it and order you a new stereo.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:36 AM   #3
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I've been in a few different, 3 to be exact, Camaros and have noticed it in all of them including mine. It seems to be worse the colder it gets...

another quick note... Mine isn't as bad as the other 2 that I saw. On a test drive, the radio looked so bad, I had asked if they would replace the head unit if I were to buy it. The guy just kinda laughed and said he didn't see anything wrong with it. Go figure...

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On my 2SS the radio lighting seems strange. Kind of a bright cloudy area in the center and then a lot of vertical light streaks where any numbers or letters are. If I turn the brightness way down seems less noticeable, but then the ambient lighting is pretty much off. The center section between the speedo and tac are kind of the same way but not as bad as the radio.

Are they all this way, just crappy back lighting or should I have it checked out? Kind of makes the ambient lighting useless if I turn it up bright enough to see that, only to have the radio obnoxiously bright and streaky.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:38 AM   #4
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Yeah, I betting he cold weather is the culprit.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:59 AM   #5
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OK thanks. Now that some mention the cold, it does hit me that some warm days or after it's been running for a while I don't notice the problem. Mr. Radio Engineer must have never heard of cold weather validation.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:23 AM   #6
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Mine looks just fine whether it is -10* or +90* It looks perfect no matter the temps.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:05 AM   #7
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mine has this problem and it really bothers me, going to bring it in to the dealer this spring
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:07 PM   #8
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Are people seeing this (vertical streaks)?
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:24 PM   #9
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Yeah ive seen that on mine too.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:21 PM   #10
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Isnt that vertical streaking the TFT wires behind the lcd screen?
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:36 PM   #11
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Not that it matters much, but the display looks like it's a VFD, not an LCD.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:39 PM   #12
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:50 AM   #13
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Yep same with mine whenever its cold out
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:52 AM   #14
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Are people seeing this (vertical streaks)?
Yup, exactly. Mine is even a little worse than that when really cold. Seems brighter in the center and then verticle streaks coming off the top and bottom of each letter/number.

Since it seems to be just a common quirk when cold, I'm not going to mess with the dealer.

Somewhere is an engineer that need to be shown where the cold chamber is and how to validate crap down to -40. Lazy SOB probably just signed off on whatever the supplier said met specs. If I looked at one of these on a cold start up, I could tell in 2 seconds it's funky and a piss poor execution.

But I still give the car an 11 on a 1 to 10 badassness scale.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:12 AM   #15
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This is typical for all displays of this type when cold. There is no fix. Once it warms up it will go away. Mine does this too and also my DIC is doing it to. Also you might notice the speedometer in the DIC that the numbers are "ghosting" in cold weather.

No fix and not really broken just cold.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:35 AM   #16
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This is typical for all displays of this type when cold. There is no fix. Once it warms up it will go away. Mine does this too and also my DIC is doing it to. Also you might notice the speedometer in the DIC that the numbers are "ghosting" in cold weather.

No fix and not really broken just cold.
Not broken, but bad engineering. None of my other vehicles have electronics that look like hell when cold.
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