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97 sunfire when my lights go one my stereo turns off

I installed a new stereo in my sunfire and now when i turn my lights on the stereo turns off. Well not completely off it just shows there is some error possibly due to short in a speaker wire. But how could this be affected by my headlights?

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You hooked onto the wrong power wire.if you spliced your wires instead of getting the adapter

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Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Tan
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Gray
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A
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Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow
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Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue

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