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Old 10-04-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Learned something new

It is never too late to learn something - especially if you can save a pile of cash. A couple of weeks ago I took the MH out of storage and discovered there was not rear or side camera feed. There is a mic in the rear camera and sound coming through it, but the monitor was black. The unit is a multifunction Sound Stream industries that includes AM/FM radio, CD, DVD, Navigation as well as rear and side cameras. This is in a 2008 Damon Essence. I looked for broken or disconnected wires, talked to technicians and priced new units. There is a bundle of wires coming out the back as big as my arm and this confusing me like algebra and trig did in high school. I was getting pretty desperate as we have a trip planned next week. As a last measure of desperation I posted the problem with a bunch of my friends on FB. Bless his sole, an ole boy whom I have known for years when we were both LEOs together suggested I just turn off all power (120 AC and 12 DC) and let it set for a while. Dog gone it worked!
I guess it needed to reset or whatever, but I have camera feed from all three now.
Said all this to let those of you who might be as electronics challenged as I am that sometimes things just need to shut down and take a break for a few minutes. Technically I don't know what it did other than reset itself some way. But ole Bill sure made me happy

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Old 10-04-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Thanks for the post Doc... and the reminder that sometimes all we need is a little break.

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Old 10-04-2013, 09:44 AM   #3
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
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That's always my first step with electronic stuff. Especially jacks or slides.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:08 PM   #5
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Wow, great tip! Thanks.
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:28 AM   #6
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I'm in the same boat as far as being electronic challenged. So, turning EVERYTHING off for a bit, then turning it all back on is my first diagnostics procedure. If that doesn't work, I find someone who knows, probably one of the kids.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:56 PM   #7
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We actually had a tech tell us to do that when the front A/C quit while we were hosting. One guy wanted over $100 just to drive out and look at it (125 or 150) and he could not do it the day we called. Called a second guy and he said something like 'before I drive that far try this...' He then told me to turn all power, 12 DC and 120 AC off and let it set for a few minutes. This is a Carrier with heat pump. We waited about 15 or 20 minutes and it fired right up. I have mentioned this to a couple of guys on this or another forum I visit and they have had success the same as I did.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #8
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Any time there is a possibility of electronics, or any appliance , being subjected to low voltage, brown out, 110 or 12 volt . Remove all power , wait , and after making sure you are re-connecting to the full required power. Re-try.
Sometimes the easiest , test/ solution, works just fine.

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