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Can't get CODE IN on the screen

I have SAAB 900, 1997. I had battery disconnected during mechanic work and after connecting it back could not turn the radio on. If I press ON button nothing comes on the screen. I do not know how to get CODE IN on the screen to be able to enter the 4 difit code. Any help please.

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  • alex May 24, 2009

    I tried that but no luck.

    Any other suggestion.




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I have had this problem more than a few times. First you need to connect the negative cable last and when you do, try to connect it fast. For some reason if the connection sparks it doesn't seem to work that well. Second when you do connect it, go right into the vehicle and put the ignition key to the on position. Press the power button and the Code In should appear.
I don't know if you have the CD changer in the back although I have had problems with that too: Sometimes It dose not work properly after a reconnection. What I have done is unplug the CD changer cord from the changer until it works. For some reason its a pain in the ****, but if you keep at it it should turn on. Just remember that you have to have the radio on when your doing it.

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I have a 1996 and i got mine to come on by holding the info button that gives the trip comp and outside temp etc. in for 5 seconds or so

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  • kirtec auto May 26, 2009

    on mine the power is controlled by a switch in the volume control.i had it off and then one of the buttons,i thought it was the info made the code come up.i will check the owners manual and see if i can come up with something tomorrow



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