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Protect light stays on

I was driving yesterday and the amp overheated, so i disconnected it and pulled it out of the trunk to let it cool overnight. I went to hook it up again this morning, and it only powers on for about half a second when the stereo is turned on and then the light comes on again. I pulled off the back cover and it didn't seem as though anything was fried internally, checked the wiring from the battery, checked all the fuses, just about everything i can think of and nothing. What is wrong????

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