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Unit just died (mostly)

I've owned this unit since it first came out, and it's worked fine, until now. It worked fine on the way to work the other morning, but on the way back it did not. The D-mask flips around as it should, but there is no display. The radio plays faintly but you can't change the volume, station, source, etc... I'm thinking it's finally bit the dust, but has anyone else had a problem like this that was able to rectify it? Thanks in advance!

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  • Allen Barclay May 06, 2007

    I've torn it completely apart. I read another page where his ribbon cable was bad and he was able to fix it using a conductive pen and some tape. I've also talked to a local stereo shop dude who stated that the cable probably needed replaced. I have it in my hand now and I can't find a damn thing wrong with it. All the traces look good all the way down, but when I look at it through a light and can see areas where light is coming through. Can't tell if it's on a trace or not.
    Probably gonna bite the bullet and send it to a repair shop.....

  • Allen Barclay Aug 26, 2007

    I still have it sitting here in pieces. I found a replacement ribbon cable for roughly $8 but I haven't taken the time to order it yet. Just bought a replacement stereo for now. Got another kenwood so I wouldn't have to rip out the wiring harness.

  • Bigbry05 Aug 23, 2008

    I have the same exact problem. The mask will flip around and the buttons light up but none of them respond. Can't even get the CD in there go eject. Replaced it with a Pioneer unit but would like to get it fixed for a different car.



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See if the plan cable that goes to he screen is good

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