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Keypad reads siren trouble

I was working on a Concord Ultra that was installed by another company that we took over.The siren and 8ohm speaker were rewired m and now they work but I am still getting a siren trouble on the key pad. I have tried everything I can think of but being someone who has not worked with this product much I am not sure where to look next. What should I be reading at both the siren and
speaker outputs when Idle and in alarm?If you could help me I would be greatful.Patrick J Lynch

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Piezo siren connections to
terminal 10 require a 2k
resistor that can be located
at the panel, across term 4 and 10


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