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SA AK57 I have this system and when it works it works well. However, I am having some strange problems with it that I cannt seem to be able to identify. One is that it will not turn off. When I hit power off it comes back on within a few seconds. It doesn't turn on the music, but the display sayd HELLO and all the lights flash. It does not play a cd or the turner if it is in that mode, but it is on. The other problem I have is that it seems to not want toplasy certain CDs. Some of them play fine and others skip. I thought maybe the CD was damaged, but I see it even happens on brand new CD's I tried using a lazer cleaner, but that didn't help. What could these problelms be and can they be fixed? If so, where can I send it to be fixed?

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  • JanPre Feb 09, 2008

    Thanks! I wasn't sure if it was worth fixing, but I guess I can
    get a quote and then make a decision since I am not good with
    mechanical things.

    I think the not shutting off problem was due to a power hit we had
    during an electrical storm, even though I had a surge protector on
    it. ...either that or it's haunted. Thats a running joke in
    our house now. The thing is haunted and mocking us when it turns
    itself back on.

  • JanPre Feb 11, 2008

    I already tried changing the outlet and taking it off the surge
    protector and it still does it. I guess I'll look to the manu for
    the auth repair shop near me.



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The system goes into DEMO MODE. HOLD the -display / -demo button in that's next to the volume and it should go into demo mode. HOLD AGAIN and it should say demo off.

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I can see now that this is some electronic problem caused by Lightning surge, faulty plugs, surgers malfunctioning, leap year, ground hog day, to much decompossing granite under my home causing positive ion's to insulate my walls and causing gremlin's to seap into my PANASONIC AS-AK 57 5CD, Radio, Dual Tape Deck, 5 Speaker Surround Sound Stereo with Remote Control Audio System nor was it the fact that I broke a mirror the same day that my 16 year old Daughter paid for this pile of non-functioning plastic. As usual Good Ol "PAIN-ASONIC" has sent piece's out of country, to be assembled by some 10 year old kid getting $4.00 a day. At first I felt like the per-verbial father reading the manual ment to be read by a NASA scientist, but after viewing all the posted comments I swipe the sweat off my forehead and with a chuckel I say to myself "I knew it, Iknew it ! There is conventional wisdom that states "For every one complaint, there are 1,000 others that have the same problem. Not all was lost....................................................................................the lights were pretty!!

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When you shut it off and it comes back on and says hello, thats the demonstration. When it happens just hold the 'demo' button then it will shut off.

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The staying on problem sounds like a capacitor having gone bad or it has a bad solder connection. I have seen both of these issues cause this problem. Other possibility is a bad IC. Though I have seen the cap be the problem more often.
On the laser reading issue. Many times a cleaner will not do the job. You need to open the unit up and clean it with a q-tip and alcohol. If that does not do the job then the laser has gotten weak and needs to be touched up. If you know how to use a meter and are comfortable on opening up the unit I could help you further on this. If you are not then you will need to take it to a reputable repair shop.

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    Vern Eckel Feb 11, 2008

    since the unit is on a surge protector, remove it from the protector and plug the unit into a different outlet. Your problem may be the surge protector itself. This would be a sure way to figure that out. Also try a different outlet. You may have a bad outlet as well. A outlet tester should tell you the conditoin of your outlets. You can get one from most hardware stores for around $5.00

    if it is the unit then A reputable shop should be able to do this job for no more than 60.00 We would have done it for about 50.00 That should give you an idea of what to be expecting. Ask them thier labor rates up front. You may also want to check with the manu and see if they have an authorized repair shop in your area. Also ask others who have used them to be sure they have a good rep.

    Other than that GOOD LUCK TO YOU!


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