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Kenwood KDC -X969 Won't power up

Stereo will not open, or power up.
I have replaced fuses, but not fixed.
However, when the fuse is pulled, or batery is disconnected and re connected, it seems the stereo resets, opens half way for 3 seconds, then closes and goes dormant again. With the back plate off, I do see a flashing red light.
I have cleaned connections as well....????
Any ideas?

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  • caminator Apr 21, 2008

    hello, I´m Tomas from Spain.

    i ´ve the same problem, i turned the ignition off ,and the black panel (theft deterrent panel) was moved a little bit. and no power up again.

    battery reconected, open 3 seconds, no lights and close.

    could you solved it ?

    i appreciate your replay.

    many thanks & regards.


  • scottlopez Nov 28, 2008

    Same problem, opens for 3 sec and closes. I do have the red security light with the face plate off also. It worked fine the day prior. Have any answers, please?

  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    I have the exact same issue. I have temp replaced mine with a cheap-o pioneer that already crapped out itself by having loud feedback noise (was not there with the x969 installed, but decided to show up a week after the install of the newer headunit). I checked all my grounds, fuses, power, etc.... I miss my x969.

  • Newton McDuf Dec 29, 2008

    Same thing! Can anybody figure this out?Thanks.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    Same problem with mine. Bought in Dec '03 from Ultimate Electronics. I called Kenwood and they said to take it to a service center, but the review cost is $100!

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009




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Try pressing the reset button when it slides halfway open. It's a little hidden on the main button panel at the bottom. You'll need a pencil or something to press it. This usually happens to me when it's too cold and I have the panel angle set to full down tilt on my 879.

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