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Back from the dead...again

by jarandall / March 19, 2007 12:32 PM PDT

In '02 I bought a Magnavox HTiB model mrd-200.
For some reason the system will power on and the dvd player will work just fine, but I will get no sound from the attached speakers and the sound outputs will fail to transmit as well. Sometimes it will work and then all of a sudden make a 'boom' sound and I will have no sound. Sometimes it will randomly click back on as well. I have been having this problem for two years. It is out of warranty and i am sure that it is not even worth taking it somewhere to be tested.

The system is down in my basement, which gets slightly cold in the winter months. However I doubt this is a problem in the sense that all of my other electronic equipment is completely functional.

The sound has not worked since early december, until today I turned it on and blocked the vent. 3 hours later, the sound came back on and it is back to its working ways.

I have already bought a much better 6.1 receiver, but I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of what could be causing this problem? I am not sure if blocking the vent helped it come back on or not. Sometimes it comes on when I block the vent and sometimes it does not...

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Sounds like a FIAT I once had...
by analyzerbunny / March 19, 2007 11:48 PM PDT

Not that I know the solution, but I had a FIAT convertable with similar behaviors...if it was dark, the lights might not work, if it was really humid (rainy) the wipers wouldnt work, if it was super cold the heater wouldnt work. Youd be driving down the road and the engine would just shut off. Pull to the side of the road and in 5minutes it would start up as if nothing had happend.

So who knows, electronics are crazy, try just keeping the thing on. Dont switch it off if its working...unless you dont really need it. I have a Sony bookshelf stereo unit in my garage that does similar things, if you unplug it or if the power goes out, it wont come back on, you have to plug, un plug, plug it several times for it to power back up.

Freekin ghost in the machines kinda moment.


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(NT) That fiat may become an antique some day.
by ahtoi / March 20, 2007 1:54 AM PDT
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by stewart norrie / March 20, 2007 3:01 AM PDT

I installed car stereos in them in the early 70s What a nitemare it was like installing a system in a model T. The darn things even had steel spark plug wires + I had to run power straight to the battery any where else and strange things would happin I mean strange One time I checked fuse box to find switchable 12V hooked up the stereo and when you turned on stereo windshield wipers would go on Mostly young collage girls would buy them so sad steweeee

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My take on this...
by ahtoi / March 20, 2007 2:00 AM PDT

Since speakers seldom goes bad, I would just check the wiring and make sure they are secured; and since you already have another receiver..then just hook it up and I bet my money that's your problem. Good luck.

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I forgot to mention...
by jarandall / March 20, 2007 5:40 AM PDT
In reply to: My take on this...

All the cables/speakers/wiring is all set up correctly. I have checked that a million times with the multimeter and also using the speakers and wires with a stereo system.

In response to the others, the system does not lose power, it stil lights up and the dvd player still works, I just wont get any sound and signals will not transmit...

I don't know, for some reason it is working again so I guess I will just count my blessings.

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