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Bose Lifestyle 12 "no display" fix

My unit is around 10 yrs old and have not had display for many years. I have the unit behind TV sitting on the subwoofer so not having display is no biggie. I've always used the remote with no problem for TV/movies on aux, radio, and cd, but would like to fix if possible. I think my problem is a bit more than just "no display". If I remember correctly I don't think the panel buttons work either... Was that the same case with your unit? Can you be a little more specific on the condenser replacement procedure than "its down in the lower left corner...." Is it soldered in? Can you provide part number? Better description of exact component location. Can you get a replacement somewhere like radio shack?
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  • TRWDESIGNS Nov 22, 2008

    i HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM...LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND THE CAP PN.



    THANKS

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There is a service available to fix the display at www.AnyoneCanFixIt.com They have fast service and way cheaper than Bose.

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