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Unit will not turn on

My new meridian fails to turn on anymore. Even with new batteries. It has not been misused dropped or anything. After giving a signal that the batteries were low it stopped working and just will not start up again no matter what.

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Re: Unit will not turn on

I have the same problem. As with the other postings the car adapter did work. The metal arm that touches the integrated circuit board needed cleaning.. Unfortunately the metal here is very thin and cleaning it has rubbed it through. I am going to try soldering it next. Poor design really.

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I had my meridian platinum do exactly this.
First test on car adaptor if you have one, if this works the batteries are not making connection properly.
I took the six mounting screws out and opened the back, I cleaned the battery connectors up with an alcohol wipe, a pencil eraser is also good for this. Then I bent the battery connectors up ever so slightly on the battery holder side. Reassembled unit, do not over tighten screws. Problem solved.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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Well you posted this a long time ago but I also have had this problem and I think i found the solution. Open the battery cover and then tighten the screws that hold the unit together (not to tight). This has worked for me and I think it may be a common problem with these screws loosening.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

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plug it in to a know good charger for a few hours, then press and hold the power button for up to ten seconds...if it fails to start, its probably the power port...a new battery will probably get it started, but youll have the same problem once it dies.


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Have you fully charged the battery prior to using in the car?

Using the power from the 12v plug in a vehicle will not "charge" the internal battery, but tends to maintain it somewhat. If the fuse in the end of the 12v connector plug is blown and the battery in the unit is low then this will cause the unit to shut down or fail to fire up.

Please check both, the units battery level and the fuse in the cig lighter plug and the plug that connects the unit to the cig lighter outlet.

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If it does'nt power up with a new batteries i think there's a problem inside the unit.

Hope it helps..


Pls. Rate & hope to hear more from you soon..


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