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screen reading
Posted by: mike k.
Date: March 18, 2019 03:55PM
anyone know if you can improve the reading on the screen ? I have good eyesight , but find it almost impossible to see in the daylight . - mike

Re: screen reading
Posted by: roadapple
Date: March 18, 2019 04:10PM
Put a hood cover on it to shade the sun light !

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Re: screen reading
Posted by: WV62
Date: March 18, 2019 05:02PM
There is a contrast setting you can adjust, you may get a little help there.

Ron in WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

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Re: screen reading
Posted by: HighPlainsHunter
Date: March 18, 2019 10:09PM
Perhaps a combination of the contrast and turning the backlight on...

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Re: screen reading
Posted by: WV62
Date: March 20, 2019 04:48PM
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HighPlainsHunter
Perhaps a combination of the contrast and turning the backlight on...

I went back to my manual last night and I couldn't find any mention of a backlight. Could you direct me to where and how to turn it on.

My machine is a couple of years old and it could be something added to the newer machines.

Thanks,

Ron in WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: screen reading
Posted by: sd51
Date: March 20, 2019 05:44PM
Ron, the backlight is the pushbutton in the upper right corner that looks like a star (a dot in the middle with eight lines angling out in all different directions). It's just above the pushbutton with the arrow pointing to the left.

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Re: screen reading
Posted by: Willee
Date: March 20, 2019 06:37PM
I also find the E-Trac display hard to see in the daylight.
Something is not right with the design of the display as other detectors do not have this problem.
But ... after all these years its a bit late to expect Minelab to issue a fix for it.

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Re: screen reading
Posted by: WV62
Date: March 20, 2019 06:39PM
WOW do I feel dumb. My mind was locked up and I was looking for something in the internal menus to turn on or off.

sd51 more dumb, I have used that light bunches of times when working inside the house on patterns and settings.

So for my punishment I will go to the bed room the rest of the evening and turn that light off and on at least 100 times.

Thanks sd51 for unlocking my brain.

Ron in WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: screen reading
Posted by: mike k.
Date: March 21, 2019 05:04PM
They (minelab ) would certainly have the technology for a fix for a better brighter screen . IF THEY WANTED TO . But they have our money for the etrac already . Hopefully someone might offer an aftermarket improvement soon.

Re: screen reading
Posted by: coin-star
Date: March 26, 2019 08:01PM
I was able to adjust the brightness and contrast to make it useable. I agree that it is frustrating.

Oddly, lowering the contrast made it better for me.

CS

Re: screen reading
Posted by: Xdigger
Date: April 21, 2019 01:49PM
I put a polarized screen protector on mine. Got mine from the Zon.

Re: screen reading
Posted by: nge
Date: May 10, 2019 08:09AM
It is the angle of the handle and how the control box is mounted to it that makes the screen hard to see. I made a "Hoodie" for mine with dark piece of heat moldable plastic and some duct tape, I tape it like a sun visor over the screen. Also if you turn your body away from the bright sun, that helps a lot too. .......NGE

Re: screen reading
Posted by: EtracTom-AdirondacksNY
Date: May 11, 2019 05:13PM
I believe you can make the numbers way bigger and the discrimination screen smaller instead of the way they are now.

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