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VSX-35TX Four-year old (?) VSX-35TX has worked fine until recently. Now, if I advance volume about ~ -23dB, it goes into protect mode, shutting down. I can restart after ~ 5 minutes, but it will continue to cut-out. Seems like a thermal problem... am guessing accumulated dust may be preventing it from running at proper termperature. No changes in speakers (all are 8 ohm) nor in the positioning of the receiver -- it has several inches of air space all around for venting.

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try turning the unit off in standby mode then hold down the enter button and then the power button for about 10m seconds that should reset the unit depending on how new the unit is it sometimes has a digital saftey setting but i doubt that would cause it to do what you are saying

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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Had a power surge last night and got the same problem. Unit wont power on and has a blinking blue light on standby button. I found the solution from the service manual for a similar model.

Hold down ENTER and ADVANCED SURROUND buttons.

This resets the DC overvoltage sensor and bingo the unit comes back to life again.


Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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i have been using this with two speakers and was working perfectly fine . recently i bought two floor standing speakers and worked fine when connected . When i tried connecting all four speakers it showed overload kindly tell me how this could be solved

Posted on May 02, 2009

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