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  • Likely there is a little battery inside that has lost its juice, or possibly a capacitor that just lost its charge from lack of being powered for a year. No power=no memory=lost settings. You might open it up and look around for a small hearing aid type battery. If you find it, replace it and you will probably be good to go. if it is a capacitor that has leaked its charge, download the schematic from somewhere online, print it out and bring the schematic and unit to your local service guy where he will charge you at least $75 for labor for a $1 part install. Or t

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Nov 17, 2017

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Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Apr 07, 2017

The newer receiver amplifiers have not provided an input for the low voltage phono cartridge, a pre-amp is required that has the proper impedance to match up with the phono cartridges.

The attached photo is an example of one of many that are available sense the old vinyls are coming back.

Hope this helps?


Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Nov 11, 2016

Hi type in Google search. www.manualslib.com. enter you're mod No & hit search. Good luck

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Apr 20, 2016


To set the surround sound in video 1 mode, go to the main menu on your channel receiver, select the audio set up, the default settings are then displayed, you select the surround sound in the video 1 mode.

Also you have to select the video mode first, by selecting the video 1 mode.

Take care

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Apr 16, 2016

Your best bet is to go out into an open area - free of trees, tall buildings, etc. A field is ideal. Switch the GPS on and wait. Most GPS units will cold start in 3 minutes or less. If the GPS has moved 100s of miles since it last had a fix, it may take a little while - but should not need more than 5 minutes.

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Mar 10, 2015

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Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Feb 07, 2015

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Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Jan 31, 2015

Either a dirty laser, faulty tracking mechanism, or a weak laser(aging) will cause unit to mistrack. When this happens the mechanisms are replaceable and not repairable.

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Mar 31, 2014

clean the cd detector with alcool and a cue tip.

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Mar 30, 2014

The procedure to open the lock of the front panel controls is very difficult to describe here, as the process is a long one. If you have its user manual with you; go to page [52]. It is described there. If you haven't its user manaul, send a mail to meor send your email address by Fixya, and I'll send a copy of it to you. Ok

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Mar 01, 2014

I have the same problem. No sound at all on my DCP501, have you already solved it?


Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Jan 20, 2014

You don't say what else works. Have you tried it with FM to eliminate external source causes? Does your TV get audio passed through to it? That would establish that there is program material to be amplified. Headphones work?

The following is from the User Guide -

Check to make sure that each speaker has been properly connected to the
speaker output jacks on the rear panel of the DCP501.
�� Check that the speakers are working by utilizing the Test Tone function as
described in the “Operation” section.
�� Verify that the DCP501 has not been placed in MUTE mode.
�� Check that the volume control on the DCP501 has been adjusted to an
appropriate listening volume.
�� Verify that the DCP501 is set to the correct source (CATV, VCR, DVD, Tape,
�� If the front panel displays O V E R L O A D , one of two things has happened:
1 If the DCP501 detects the speakers have a short circuit, it shuts down
the amplifiers. Switch the DCP501 off, remove the short circuit, and turn
the DCP501 back on. The DCP501 should now work as normal. If
O V E R L O A D is still displayed, a short circuit condition remains.
2 If the maximum amplifier output power is exceeded, the DCP501 shuts
down the amplifiers. Turn down the volume a little and switch the
DCP501 off and then switch the DCP501 back on and the DCP501
should now work as normal. If O V E R L O A D is still displayed, turn the
volume down some more.

The Speaker Setup menu has a Speaker Reset (to default settings) option.

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Dec 27, 2012

It takes registration of the unit to receive them and it would be unethical and illegal to post a way to hack them here...

The clear protective film on the DCP501 display must be removed and transferred to the inside back cover of your
DCP501 Home Theater System User Guide. The Unit Address and Serial Number found on the protective film is
required for activation of your DCP501 cable TV receiver by your cable TV service provider.

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Aug 01, 2012

These are conflicting statements. 1) "Can't get any audio to come out from the receiver at all." 2) "...just can't get any audio to come out of the Video 2 function...".

Which is it? Have you got audio output from any source(s) or not? Test tones, for example? FM?

Are you certain there is audio present on the output of theTV and that it is assigned? If so, have you tired the same source on the other optical digital input (Optical 1)?

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Sep 11, 2011

There are Center Speakers, Surround Speakers[L&R] and Front speakers[L&R]. Which amoung this show fault? Please clarify more about your Amps' problem.
Include the details of fault by FixYa comment box. OK.

Motorola DCP-501... | Answered on Jul 10, 2011

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