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Dim Display My CD player works fine...sound and all, and sounds good. however, its display is very dim, although there. what can i do to fix that, and there is no button to change the dimmer. My car power had two more wires...for dimmer...but the player had no space for them in it. What can i do?

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Did you ever find a solution? I'm having the exact same problem.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009

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On newer stereos, you might have to experiment with the "panel" wire.

I just installed a VR3, and discovered that the more voltage on the "panel" wire, the dimmer the display.

With no connection, you get full (daytime) brightness. With full voltage, you blank the display.

I wired mine up to the car's instrument lights through a 10Kohm trim resistor so I could adjust the "night" intensity. But if I dim the car's instrument lights, the stereo gets brighter. Oops.

Older car -- I can't just flip a software bit. ;)

But I gather a lot of new stereos are like this. The display on my (factory) stereo in the Mitsu dims a fixed amount when the lights come on, but doesn't adjust with the car's instrument dimmer.

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

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