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Need info ,repair

My kenwood kdc-x817 has a conection problem with the face I think? cause i can wiggle it and or apply presure at a certain angle and it will come on but only the demo not any funcions what can i do or is there maybe a problem with these decks

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Re: need info ,repair

Actually the problem is the ribbon cable,the one it connects the face to the main board.
You need to replace it.
You can get it at

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