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Not Powering up

I have my Aiwa AV-D57 reciever for several years and have the same problem with it not powering up. After several tries it usually powers up and works fine for several months. I was gone on Vac. over the holidays and when I returned home the red LED light on the front of the receiver is on, but it won't power up. I have tried unhooking all the cables from the receiver and left it unpluged for a couple of hours and it is still the same. Any suggestions on possible problems that I can troubleshoot or do you think the receiver is burnt out? I appreciate any suggestions that you can provide.

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  • ballard Jan 06, 2008

    It worked. The black box is about one inch wide, one inch deep and one quarter inch high, on the vertical board near the back of the cabinet behind the large knob on the left front of the control panel, as you look from the front. The black box is the one just below the glass fuse. I broke it off when I was pushing on the "tab" with a screw driver. Then, with unit unpluged, I pushed the far left contact to the right until it touched the right contact (with the black plastic thing to the right of it). I had to push firmly enough that the left contact would stay adjacent to the right contact. So far, it works. You may have to push both the power button and the enter button at the same time to reset the unit. As soon as I plugged in and pushed power, al the displays lit up the way they should, and every thing works, except I do not know how to reset the clock.

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2008

    ive unplugge all speaker and all components and it still wont turn on.

  • ajp3 Jun 10, 2008

    have the same problem power went out and now reciever wont power up just clicks have had it happen before but usually goes on after a couple of trys i have even unplugged and replugged in but still nothing

  • moisesluna Dec 18, 2008

    Hi i have same problem but i tink when i repair;but i`m need a power supply for re-install, did you know in who place i buy you send me the adress to my mail

    moisesluna@live.com.mx

    and sorry for my english i am a Mexican

  • yhenex Jan 26, 2009

    I have the same problem with my AIWA AV-S17. The ECO light is ON and everytime I switched the POWER button ON, I can only hear a clicking sound from the relay/black box and at the same time, I could see the ECO light turned OFF with the click then remains ON again. The unit does not display anything. I bumped into this suggested fix and I tried it right away. I tried forcing the contacts to stay together and I could actually see the ECO light indicator off while the two contacts from the relay/black box are kept connected but there is still no display observed in the panel. It is still not working. Is there something else I should do?

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After some bad T-storms out this way my receiver wouldn't power up..even though I had it surge protected w/ the other home theater stuff. Awesome fix..I tried it and after a few tries I got it working using the method above. You just saved me $200! Thanks! Brian J / Rockford Illinois

Posted on Aug 11, 2007

  • BrianJJ Aug 11, 2007

    Awesome..worked! You saved me 200 dollars!

  • BrianJJ Aug 11, 2007

    PKroege..yep small black box with blue lettering. It comes off, the box is maybe a bit bigger than a quarter. The two contacts were too far apart, but be careful just to push the left one closer to the right one (facing you from the front)If you move the right contact a little black piece of plastic comes off of the little silver piece and it's a real pain getting it back on..what should taken me 1 minute took about 10 because of that. It worked!

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Take cover off . look for the power supply,just above that to the left is a little black box,its where the clicking is coming from.take the cover of the black box. if you tri to turn it on it will click and spark but want stay together.so take screwdriver and push the end, in untill it stays, it may take a minut.when it does it will power up. i have the same unit with the same problem and got it to work like this. now it works fine.i did this just to what would happen,nothing to lose.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007

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I was reluctant to fuse the relay contacts together. This problem is intermittent with my unit and it is a pain to pull out of my cabinet to press the contacts together.
I came up with a simple solution. I had some very small jumper leads in my tool kit so I cut the aligator clips from one end. I threaded the leads through the air holes on the bottom of the unit and up to the relay. Next I soldered one lead to each side of the relay contacts and put the case back on and returned the unit to my cabinet.
I have two tiny aligator clips hanging under the front of the unit, both protected in a protective sheath. When my unit doesn't power up I simply connect the two clips together and I am back in business. I do not leave the clips together because once the unit is up and running it seems to stay on, most of the time. When it doesn't stay on I leave the clips connected, but I have to disconnect the clips after use so that I can shut the power down.

Now my unit is starting to pop and send static through one speaker. I will have to search for that fix.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008

The chosen solution worked for me as well! I believe, anyways. I actually don't have the unit hooked up anymore as I brought it home from school to buy a replacement for it (which I already bought earlier tonight).

Anyways, I decided to look up reviews for the old av-d57 I've had forever to see if it has good reviews or not (to be honest I never got much use out of it until these past few months, but it hasn't been powering on properly).

Long story short, came across this link and realized it was the issue I was having. Took the unit case off (easy, just take out screws). I found the black box with ease after reading the description. However, I have no idea how that box lid is supposed to come off. Someone who knows should post. Where is this 'tab' that you push on? Perhaps my tab was just not going to move at all...I pushed and push with a screw driver, nothing. Eventually I had done enough pushing that the black plastic strip behind the tab (what you need to get over the tab) simply broke off in a few pieces and was pretty much gone. Since I had a replacement bought, I was a little rougher than I wanted to be. After some hard pulling, off came the cap. From the broken plastic on the cap, it seems there is one tab on top and one on bottom. I couldn't get at the bottom without taking the board out, and even then there is a blue object in the way. So, I have no idea how it should come off, but with some careful pushing and chipping away at the plastic it WILL come off.

I pushed the two metal brackets closer, then tried. Didn't work. Tried to push them closer (they seemed close to me to start with), knocked off the black plastic connected to right bracket. Tried to put it back in place, knocked off the metal that the black plastic was connected to on the other side. No fears, they go back in place easily with some tweezers and careful handling...just slip the metal thing back under the metal tab and stick the black plastic wheel thing in the small holes where it came out of (one on right bracket, one on silver metal thing).

After all this, it worked. So there is certainly something in this technique. I don't know too much about this level of detail, but when you power it on the two brackets snap together. When you power off, they pull apart. This moves that little silver thing on the black wheel and somehow the unit turns on and off.

Now, if you turn OFF the ECO friendly mode, they seem to stay snapped together. They do not come apart anymore when you power off the unit. Maybe this is one way to avoid this issue of them not being close enough? If you get it powered on, try turning on the eco friendly mode. The clock will always show, and the red dot will not. Do note that I do not think this is a perfect cure, as I used to do this anyways as I wanted the clock, and eventually it would jump back into eco friendly mode. Either a power outage, or maybe the unit just didn't get used often enough and somehow the two brackets came apart. I don't know.

Anyways, the posted solution works, but I warn you - the black box was not made to come off easily and will be very stubborn, especially since these units are older now.

Posted on Apr 13, 2008

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Can someone tell how to remove the little black box from the board?

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This fix worked for me as well. Used a slightly different method to hold the contacts together. I cut a piece from a plastic cable clamp to just fit inside the relay box and hold the metal tab open thus forcing the contacts together. Slipped the cover back on the relay with a snug fit. I can set the clock and turn off the ECO Mode by the manual and have the clock display when unit turned off. My unit is the AV-S17.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008

This is great. follow these instructions and you will succeed! i was weary but, in 5 min i saved $300

Posted on Aug 19, 2007

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I loved the solution to this problem. It worked great for me. I get loud static noise after about an hour of use. Any ideas for that?

Posted on Jun 02, 2007

Awesome great fix, i actually placed a small tye wrap around it to prevent it from spreading again

Posted on May 18, 2007

He is right, try that. Mine just clicked and cliked, then he was right the "sparkplugs" were too far apart. Thank you =D

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

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Hi~ This is a great solution & kinda fixed mine. the issue is the contacts don't want to stay together. it'll turn on fine, but within 30 seconds, it blips off. BrianJJ said he tied it - can you tell me? or, can i just solder the two contacts together and forget it? it also blips off wheni turn the dial to digital. I'm going to replace all the speaker wire but looking for suggestions. thanks much & this is a great site! ps

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