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I have a Kenwood DPX-300u head unit. About half the time I

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I have a Kenwood DPX-300u head unit.
About half the time I get into the car and start it up, the unit is dead and will not turn on.
I have to push the little reset button to get it to turn on and, of course, it looses all the memorized settings which is really annoying.
I know the ground, battery and ignition connections are correct and working as it does work properly half the time.
And when the head unit is on, everything works perfectly.
I had a friend install the unit in his pickup and he had the exact same problem.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car Electronics
Expert:  ElectronicsPete replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

This sounds like a loose internal connection in the head unit or a loose or failing fuse that is causing an intermittent power connection.

Check the internal solder joints inside the head unit for any loose or bad connections.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That's exactly where I'm at.
I had another similar problem a while back with a Sony head. I actually found an open ground trace on the main board.
Just got this head back from the friend. Unfortunately, no visible problem on the bottom of the main board.
I guess I'll have to tear further into it.