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Re: cannot operate Alpine CDE 9881
Hopefully this will help you out. The manual for the 9881 can be gotten here:
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Good luck with the "new" car and radio!
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There is no physical connection to connect any cell phone to that receiver other than an Iphone. The only option you have is to buy an fm modulator that has a 3.5mm headphone plug and plug it in to your phone. Then start playing your media.
YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GET A HARNESSADAPTOR. IF NOT GET AN "ISO" PLUG FROM YOUR FACTORS, AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PACK, 1 PLUG IS THE POWER PLUG SO FIND THE SWITCHED LIVE, CONSTENT LIVE AND GROUND FROM CAR SOCKET. THE YELLOW IS CONSENT/MEMORY RED SWITCHED, BLACK GROUND EARTH, THE SPEAKER LEADS ARE PAIRED BY COLOUR YOU CAN TEST THESE WTH A 9V BATTERY TO FIND WHICH ONE IS WHAT, THE SPEAKER WILL BUZZ
If you happen to have the tool which allows you to remove your head unit from the dash use it. If not go to crutchfield.com and get one it's useful for any audio enthusiast. Once you have the tool pull the head unit out on the back of the unit there is a cable that is black with a blue connector tip. This is what you plug your cable that you got from your audio dealer into. As for making the cable accesible you may have to drill a hole in your dash or run the wire around and out the glovebox which is also common and suggested for your particular car.
If you had to connect the remote amp turn on lead from the headunit to the factory amp turn on lead you may find your problem there.
On many headunits there are 2 blue remote wires 1 for antenna and one for amp turn on. The antenna remote only supplies power when the radio is playing not when playing CD's. If you hooked the antenna wire to the amp trigger then the amps shut down when you play a cd. If that's not it let me know and I will research further.
You must have a faceplate from that exact model, no others will work. You can try to contact Alpine for a replacement. If it is any consolation, someone has a useless faceplate, because it won't work with anything else, either. Try running an ad in your local lost & found column, you just might get lucky, especially if you offer a reward.