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Bose Model 20 LED doesn't work for the second time.

The Led went out a little over a year ago and I sent it to Bose for a $175 repair. Now it is out again and I am fed up with Bose. Very difficult to use any of the features without the LED working. Is there help out there for the problem without dealing with Bose?

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  • gene948 Feb 07, 2009

    I believe the answer to my problem is pretty lame. There wasn't any technical help given as advertised when I paid you the $10 fee. If the aanswer is hte best you can do I am requesting a refund.

    Gene Melchi

  • gene948 Feb 07, 2009

    Ekse,

    Not sure where to post this respone to your question so I will do it here. I think the backligh is my problem because nothing shows on the display.

    Gene

  • gene948 Feb 08, 2009

    My problem is when the Bose Lifestyle Model 20 Music Center is turned on the display is dark. I don't know if the proper way to describe the problem is the led doesn't work or the backlight doesn't work. So far the responses from my posting haven't given me any specific information about repairing the problem. I already know it is difficult to operate the system with the display dark and I know I may need to use a repair service. What I am looking for is help to take care of the problem without sending the unit to Bose. Can you give me the advice needed to personally make the repair?

  • gene948 Feb 08, 2009

    gopi 20 suggested a reset by unplugging the unit for 30 minutes then reconnectiong the power. I did it without success. Any other suggestions?

  • gene948 Feb 08, 2009

    Other than send it in for repair there wasn't a solution offered. Nothing that I didn't already know!

    I won't use this service again.

    Gene Melchi

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Welcome to Fixya! If you want to Repair this Yourself, You can Disassemble the Unit to Access the Digital Display. I believe that the Display is not Powered by L.E.D. Bulbs But is a Digital Liquid Display. There is a Slim chance that Radio Shack may be able to get you a New Readout Screen for this Unit. You can check and see if there are L.E.D. Lights that you can Change, You can get these at Radio Shack also. You will need to Solder these onto the Board tp Replace them. If none of this will work, Then you will need to Contact Bose and Make them send you a Replacement System as this Unit has a Major Problem and You do not want the Same unit back as a Repaired Unit. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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If the unit works, but only the display does not work, then you need to test and eventually replace following parts:

No lights at all:

Control panel ribbon cable/connector

No backlight:

Backlight lamp, controlled by a little circuit on board, also the couple of capacitors in the power circuit on main board should be tested.

Backlight and no display:

LCD Display - and also ribbon cable connector.

If you want to fix it yourself, then better to get the service manual.

Bose parts are never redistributed, to get service manual and replacement parts you need to order directly from Bose.


Replacement Parts

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    Ginko Feb 08, 2009

    You need to take apart the unit , and start checking that it is not just a ribbon cable connector that slipped out.

    If the problem is not a lose display cable, then you will need to follow service manual and use a multimeter to fix the problem, or go to a local electroniuc repair.

    Even taking apart a bose unit is difficult, they usually have alock at the back side, download and follow instructions on service manual below.

    To download the service manual , download WinRAR archiver first, then download both files below and unpack them.


    To download the file 1, please, click here !

    To download the file 2, please, click here !


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This is joyce
If you would like to try and fix it yourself let me help you to get the manuel uploaded for you go to diplodocs.com and put in your model# and put in bose. and then upload it. this should help you to diagnose the problem, I personally think its a bulb. I have a system that is the same and it looks like a bulb. but you may need to check this out. or you can go to bose.com and you can get manuel from them for your system.
thanks
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• Green LED: The green LED serves a dual purpose: general system health and serial data received.
The green LED will blink once per second with a 50% duty cycle (i.e. on for ½ second, off
for ½ second) if the system booted and is running normally. If the unit is in the SmartSpeaker “Off”
condition, the green LED will blink briefly (approx. 0.1s ON time) once every 5 seconds.
• The green LED will also toggle whenever a serial data byte is received. This will interrupt the
normal 1 second blink rate. The green LED blinking faster than 1 Hz usually indicates that it is
receiving serial communications.
• Amber LED: The amber LED serves to signal 3 conditions: power applied/boot status, S/PDIF
status and clipping status. When power is first applied the amber LED will light briefly. If the PROM
FLASH checksum is incorrect or hardware does not pass power-on self test, the green LED and
amber LED will alternately blink at approximately a 5 Hz rate. If the green LED is blinking at its
normal, 1 Hz rate, a blinking, 1Hz amber light indicates that there is no valid S/PDIF signal
present: If the amber LED is off while the green LED is blinking normally, then valid S/PDIF is
present and being received. Finally, if the amber LED will briefly blink (in this case, only when valid
S/PDIF is present) when the satellite amps are clipping. This should only occur when playing the
system at very high levels.


but if the led is not flashing .it means either the soldering connection of the led on the boaRD Is either got loosed or the led is turned faulty.you can get the new replacement led if its turned faulty.the only led will cost you with proper set at $5 in radio shack website.but if its soldering problem then the led will be ok.just get it soldered the led will start functioning properly.

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Welcome to Fixya !

Is it just the Led not working or there are some problems with the system performance. If its just the LED then probably you can open the chasi and try replacing the fused leds using the datasheets and schematics in this link - http://www.eserviceinfo.com/index.php?what=search2&searchstring=Lifestyle+20. Also since this model is discontinued in 2003, I think getting the replacement parts is a bit of tough work .. but any way give it a try.

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    Any if you are not comfortable in ripping the system apart, better leave it to a technician near by and he should be able to replace the LEDs at ease.

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Of course, you can take it to a local authorized service center or Electronic Repair Technician.

Normally LEDs have a service life of 30,000 hours PLUS there must be a different problem.

A technician will be able to sort out voltage surges, power supply issues, and PLC problems with his specialized equipment.

Sending to BOSE is like going into a dealership for a $30 oil change when the quickie lube next door does it for $16.

Get out your phonebook and let your fingers do the walking!

Unfortunately, there is no end-user fix on this one. Leave it to a professional - not a scam artist.

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Initially try reset Just unplug the power cord leave the unit disconnected for 30 minutes and plug the power chord to the unit and see if it restarts ......

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As you will have to get the led repaired .ypou can try local electrical repair center as without led working it will be difficult to use the unit.

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With the led do you mean the backlight? if the backlight led is out, it should be a easy fix. what led is out?

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You need to contact to your system provider, thay will provide a LED for u.

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