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Bose Radio doesn't turn on

There is nothing showing in the display.

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  • Poko Nov 12, 2007

    Same problem here. Occasionally, I get random segments lit up on the display, but basically it won't turn on and none of the controls work. Most of the time it is dead with no display. Do you think it is the same component that needs to be replaced? What specific NPN transistor # do I need to replace it?

  • Wayne Dec 01, 2007

    I could not find an R402. there is an R404, but there is no transistor underneath it. My radio is an AWR1-1W.

    It's probably not related, but the backup battery never worked from day one.


    Wayne Lehker

    Milford, OH

  • Poko Jan 02, 2008

    No, R402 is a resistor on mine. So is R404. My Bose Wave is a series I or II. The few transistors it has are D and Q numbers.

  • Poko Jan 04, 2008

    I see now....I misread the solution earlier. There is an SMD transistor "under" R402 on the backside -- it's Q401.

  • captvideo Jan 28, 2008

    The display had most if not all segments lit up all the time, but the radio would not turn on. Now, nothing works. Ive spoken to Bose with no help offered. I am an engineer and would like a schematic???

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2008

    Radio doesn't turn on.  The transformer is hot. Fuse looks good.

  • gianun Feb 08, 2008

    I have the same problem. The display does not light up. You can hear the speakers when you plug into the wall but nothing works???? Help!

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2008

    mine is just dead - i don't know how to check the fuse.

  • hernandogome Aug 14, 2008

    after a puwer surge All items on display come on, but nothig works, buttons or remote, what capacitor or diode do I have to replace , I am handy with electronics [email protected]



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Check R406 for open. It could also cause by faulty Q401, 5V supply to the display. Cold solder or fractured joints between display and main PCB.
Good Luck.

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The problem is a shorted NPN surface mount transistor on solderside of the PCB. It is located underneath of R402.

This transistor is used to switch power to the unit.


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Unfortunately Bose will not release their schematics or parts lists, effectively giving them a monpoly on repair of these units. Their web site,, offers to repair most Wave radios for $100 or to provide a $200 allowance towards purchase of a new Wave. Before you spend the big bucks on theis trouble-prone product though, you might want to check out the new HD radios -- better sound and MUCH lower prices than Bose.

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