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Pioneer DEH-P8600MP No Power

I've had this unit for four years and love it but it has always been a little quirky in terms of intermittent weirdness - volume gets stuck then works again, face plate eject won't work sometimes and display looks pixel-y.  On a few occasions the unit would not power at all on upon ignition start but after a couple of goes it would.
The latest problem is that the unit will not switch on at all, the display is dead in the water and the unit is stuck in my car.  I have tried the reset button several times and have waited a reasonable amount of time (two weeks) to see if it will magically come back to life but so far nothing. Also, I took it into Best Buy where it was originally purchased and they checked the harness with a multimeter  and 12 volts is showing in the appropriate places.  The technician there checked three different points on the harness for voltage and also checked the ground.  He said all was good so the problem is with the unit.
I see that a couple of other people have posted about ribbon cable issues - is there a way to check this by opening the unit?  Does anyone have any other ideas as well as to what may be the problem?  I really love this stereo mostly for the 13 band graphic and having a quick look at what's out there now, I think I'm going to have a hard time finding something comparable - I'd really love to get this unit going again.  Thanks so much everyone.

Sharon

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  • Sharon Kearney May 11, 2009

    Thanks for the quick reply - I should have mentioned that the quirkyness has been ongoing almost from day one.  I know fixing it is not worth it but do you think it's worth giving the ribbon cable change a shot?


  • Sharon Kearney May 11, 2009

    Thanks again - believe it or not, I did find the ribbon cable on the Pioneer site, it's $30 including shipping so I think I'm going to give it a go - if that doesn't work then there will definitely be the low budget funeral and I guess I can re-sell the ribbon on ebay.  It's a shame though, you wouldn't believe the rubbish that's out there at the moment in that price range - I loved the flexibility of the graphic eq - the auto eq feature (complete with test mic) on the system itself was really bad - I did it by hand myself in the end with setting the best crossover point, setting the graphics etc - the system sounded absolutely amazing, I had new speakers installed the whole thing. Everyone who sat in the car commented on how good the sound was if they heard it - It's a sad day.....


  • Sharon Kearney May 12, 2009

    I'll post the results next week - fingers crossed :)


  • rramcha May 13, 2009

    I have the exact problem you are decribing with the pioneer deh-p8600mp, please let me know if the ribbin cable works out. Thanks

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Car audio decks are just like pets....You go through many in a life time and you will eventually just have to put the thing to sleep....Not meaning to sound insensitive but It sounds like the micro crystals and/or micro electrical circuits are finally fried. These "quirks" as you described, are symptoms of an elderly deck that was dying of microscopic electrical short circuits which caused the main panel to go...Dust, corrosion, and heat are immanent and typical causes. It's really going to be more money fix it than whats it would be worth to just buy a new one. You can find refurbished ones on E-bay pretty easily, or you can be open to trying something different. I have had the best luck with Pioneer, JVC, Bose and Rockford-Fosgate. Stay away from cheaper brands such as "Rampage", "Audiovox"...people just buy those to fill the hole in the dash before they trade thier car in.

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    Thomas Wright May 11, 2009

    It sounds like you got one with a manufacturer's defect if the problems had started from day one. The ribbon that you are talking about could be replaced, but the time it would take to find the right one, you would already have given up...and who is to say that you wouldn't be met with yet another problem? I honestly think the best way to solve this problem, since I am assuming you don't want to waste your money would be to go with a low budget funeral: Throw it in the dumpster..... There are many decks with similar features and who knows, you may even find something you like even better = )

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    Thomas Wright May 12, 2009

    That is good news! I really hope it works for you. I know exactly how you feel about keeping something that has WORKED as long as possible, because some of the things I enjoy the most just cannot be found again or aren't made the same therefore not replaceable and I will split hairs if I have to fix them....So after hearing exactly how much you value this particular deck, going that distance to fix it regardless of time and effort is very well justified to me. The emphasis I put on "finding the right one" only because I know the business administration aspects of mass production. Like all businesses, the sole principal is monetary gain and they have a tendency in this type of business to change a lot of seemingly insignificant components while in the middle of the production year without changing anything externally cosmetic or altering functionality. There is always a lot of pressure on the worker from upstairs to find less expensive ways to produce the same end product or to just cut corners and so there are a lot of inconsistencies in micro-electronic component replacements.... It is basically doing the same thing anyone else does when managing a household by turning the lights off before leaving a room and scolding anyone of lower rank for not following household protocol......This just means I didn't want to get your hopes up on specific and exact part availability.

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NO POWER!! TOOK APART AND ALL LOOKS GOOD.NOT BURNT NO SMELL OF BURNT! WHAT ARE THESE CRYSTALS U ARE TALKING ABOUT?HOW DO U TEST THEM? WHERE ARE THEY AT.RIBBONS LOOK GOOD TO.help please!!!

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when you take the unit out of your car and looking at the top of the unit there are two black screws. Remove those then remove the entire cd player cage by the 4 CHROME screws on the four corners of the cage the two in the front are in the two holes in the ver front (**use magnetic screw driver for this**) then disconect the two wire plug and the ribbon cable from the bottom of the cd player cage **BE GENTLE** there are two black tabs on either side of the ribbon cable. THEY ONLY MOVE ABOUT 1/8TH ON AN INCH using a jewler flat blade screw driver gently slide the clip out to un crimp the ribbon cable then once the cage is removed you can open the face. To open the face there is a white gear wheel on the rightn hand side of the unit you can rotate it with your thumb with a little effort. Rotate accordingly..... at that point you shouldnt have any problem but let my know if you do..

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