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MTC Screen Wiring Question

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I have read through all of the other threads regarding the MTC delamination problems on the 2011+ boats and while my issue is similar, I guess i am looking for confirmation that i actually need a new screen before I drop 2 grand on a screen with no return policy.

My 2012 VTX screen started fading (ie little to no contrast and looked like it was basically whitewashed) towards the end of last year. I could see the "water line" running around the screen, and while it is slowly growing in terms of dead areas around the edges, it was still not "bubbling or dead spotting" on me. No one in the other threads mentions fading so not sure if that is a common failure mode as well. 

I took the boat out of storage over the weekend, and turn the screen on - it is more whitewashed than last year. Mess around with the connector, add some dielectric grease and plug it back in, and now i get a screen that only has horizontal and or vertical lines running through it. It will flicker and change color every once in a while, but no actual text, color etc. The screen is still responsive (i know where the all off button is in the top left to turn off blower etc.) but it is unusable as I can't navigate menus. 

Question to the crew... could it be anything other than the bad screen? Does that harness go anywhere where i can check the other side of it? I tried following it but saw it lead into a bigger harness behind the dash and not sure what else i can check. For the record, it is the original screen.


Suggestions? Do i just bank on it being a bad screen and bite the bullet? 

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