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Zone 2 problem

I have an RX-V659 receiver.  I was helping a friend to connect a subwoofer to his receiver through the LFE out connection, and then calibrate the surround speakers using a soundmeter.   
His receiver was initially using Zone 2 to power some in ceiling speakers in a couple different rooms and to pipe music from iTunes through the receiver to those speakers.  He has those connected to Zone 2/Presence.  All worked fine. 
During the speaker setup and calibration I noticed that the rear speakers didn't show up in the setup as being connected.  (He has 3 in front, L/R side, and L/R rear connected)  I thought that was strange until I guessed that the L/R rear may not show up with Zone 2 on.  It seemed like a good guess because when I turned off Zone 2 and went back into setup, indeed the rear L/R speakers showed up. 
I calibrated the system and all was well for surround sound.   All speakers and subwoofer worked fine.   
Later, my friend went to turn on Zone 2 to listen to his speakers connected in the other room.  No sound.  No sound from any source. 
I went back over to help troubleshoot.  I figured that maybe the L/R rear speakers had to be set to none before Zone 2 would work.  No go. 
No combination of anything in the setup menus seemed to re-enable Zone 2.  When pressing the Zone 2 button the led for Zone 2 turned on, but no sound came out of the speakers connected to Zone 2 regardless of the source.  We could hear iTunes from the source in the primary zone, but we could get nothing from Zone 2. 
I've read the manual, but I'm basically at a complete loss.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
Additionally, if we connect the front three channels to pre-amp out and power them using an external amplifier will we still have to toggle Zone 2 off in order to use the L/R rear speakers or will the receiver automatically detect that there is enough power? 
Thanks, 
-James 

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I know this is old and im sure you have it solved by now, but it might be a good idea to check the amp setting of Zone 2. Is it switched to Internal or external? I remember something strange about this amp in that when you change from using the rear surrounds and go to use them in Zone 2, it resets the amp setting or something like that. Hope it helps if you still need it.

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