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Protect mode My reciever is located in my wood working shop. While air blowing dust off the reciever, it went into protect mode. I have disconnected all components from the reciever, disconnected power. When powered up, it goes into normal mode for approximately 10 seconds and then into protect mode. Any suggestions?

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You may have loosened a solder joint on one of the components inside with your air blast. A repair tech would monitor the outputs DC offset voltage and he will probably see one that is not zero volts and while wiggling various things he should see a sudden change in the DC offset voltage on the bad channel when he touches the bad connection. Then it's just a matter of resoldering the connection. Good luck on this one.

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