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Transforming American radio system to the European system

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"To transform it to the European system, you should turn it off, press1+5+SRC until it will turn on again. And that does the job."

Do you know where I can find the remote key combination todo the same with KDC-MP538U? (To transform it to the European system) is it the same?
Where did you found the key combination to yours?
Thanks in advance!

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  • djshaker Sep 16, 2008

    I have a car stereo purchased from the US and I can’t pick up all radio stations in Europe/UK, what can I do?

    If you have purchased a car stereo from the US you will find that it
    will not pick up many European radio stations. This is due to the fact
    that US radio frequency steps are different to here in Europe.

    You may be able to set the tuner to European stations by following this procedure.

    Press and hold down the SRC button to power down the unit completely.

    While the unit is off press button 1 & 5 together, while momentarily pressing the SRC button.

    If this does not work try the following proceedure;

    Press and hold buttons 1 and 5 together, while momentarily pressing the reset button.

    If this does not work then the unit is not designed to pick up European frequency steps.

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    Hello there! I have Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X592 and I'm having the same problem - I have only a remote control with numbered buttons on it. There are no numbered buttons on the front panel of the receiver. Is there a key combination for such receivers?
    Ivaylo, Bulgaria

  • ivan127 Feb 27, 2009

    Hi, I bought an AC Delco Radio Cd player from a 98 Pontiac Firebird, and I'd love to know if there is any way to transform it to the European system

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2009

    hello there....
    i have the same problem with a 1987 Delco in a Caprice.
    is there also a number of keys to press , or any converter to the European system...?

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    American BMW Professional Navigation Radio does not pick-up all EU radio channels.



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Burned Cd's do play in these, I use them all the time when I test the one's I repair.

Yes, it is the "SCR" button you press, it stands for "source".

Since it is in your boat, it could have a small amount of water damage in it. I have seen some strange problems with car stereos put in boats.

The problem you are describing is nothing that any normal end user can fix, meaning that there is no reset that will help or anything of that nature.

If you are good at taking things apart and putting them back together and able to pay close attention to detail, you may be able to fix this yourself if the problem is not too extensive.

If it has a small amount of water damage, you could clean the main board and see if that helps.

First you take the top off, it has 1 screw on the top right in the back middle of the stereo. Take it out and then take the top off carefully so you don't bend it up removing it. You need to gently pry the sides up near the back first, then a little closer to the front as well. After the top comes off, the CD mech has only 2 screws holding it in, they are at the front of the mech at the bottom and connect into a brass post. Take them out and the mech will come out very easy, but be carefull not to damage the ribbon cable holding it in. That ribbon cable can be taken out right at the main board where it is connected. Just pull it out of the connecter, nothing special holding it in, just a tight fit.

Now you can see the main board. First remove the plastic part that holds the display, it has connectors that just need to be lifted a little to pull it off.

This may be all that needs to come off, but taking the board out all the way may be whats needed, so go ahead and remove the screw that holds the board onto the chassis. Might be just 1, maybe two. Look in the middle front of the baord for a screw and the back area also. You can always look at the bottom of the chassis to see where there are screws coming thru and remove those. Now on the sides of the chassis are screws on each side near the back to remove. After you get those, it should just pull out with the heat sink attached. Just make sure you don't force anything out, it could break the board if you missed anything. I am pretty sure that is all, but I am going off of memory and might have forgot something.

Once the board is out look it over very closely for any type of green or greyish type of corrosion. Check the pins of the IC's with a magnifier if need be. Any tiny little spot of corrosion can cause problems, even if it is not on a component.

The solder should be shiny and silver, no rings or cracks. If any of them are grainy looking they may be bad also and would need to be reflowed with a soldering iron and a touch of fresh solder.

Any of the corrosion you may find can be cleaned with an old toothbrush and some alcohol. We use flux remover in our shop, but it's unlikely you have any of that. After cleaning it off with alcohol it will leave a residue that does not look good, but don't worry about that. It won't do any harm. Just make sure all of the corrosion has been removed. Look at every little area of the board on both sides.

Once it is done, just put it all back together just the way it was taken apart. Don't forget any screws and make sure they are on tight but not so tight it may break the screw. Just good and firm.

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You can enter a 4-digit security code as an option after purchase of the unit. If you do so, make sure it is noted down somewhere. If you did select a code (or the previous owner has done so) this must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational. If the code is lost or forgotten I am afraid the unit has to be re-coded by a Kenwood dealer.
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