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The overcurrent protection light keeps coming on; i am using the proper guage wiring and the correct fuse size i have adjusted the subwoofer control down on the deck and also the amp itself, the deck is only pushing about 4volts back to the amp and there is no line driver.

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  • berghammer23 Aug 25, 2009

    There is virtually no dust in it I check it out about every two months; and the board looks great, the connections are good and there is no discoloring anywhere inside. Good suggestion with the dust not a lot of people think of that.

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How long has it been since you cleaned it with dust off? Xtant say's once a month. Dust can create a big buildup of static on the boards and anything is possible. Hope this helps

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    Frank Fulton Aug 25, 2009

    I can't remember if you said you had checked the voltage at the amp with it running or not. If Xtant sees power less than 9.6v it will shut down. Also, what impedance are you running the amp at? lower than 2 ohms? if so, current demand almost doubles and it will shut down faster if voltage drops below 11. If your still having issues, I have a few friends in the biz and I can get some direct advice from Xtant. Let me know.

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