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Standby Problem In Pioneer Mini Hi-Fi System Repaired

By on January 16, 2018
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A customer sent to me the Pioneer Mini Hi-Fi System for repair wit the complaint of Stand By Mode.  This means by pressing on the standby/On button in the front panel would not cause the system to start up. This system came together with a remote control and by pressing on the remote control power button, the system still refused to work-see the two photos below:

Pioneer Set up STANDBY MODE

Pioneer Set up standby mode problem

The first I had done was to check on the main circuit board to see if there is any loose cable connection, burnt parts and etc.

All seems to be in good condition.

Pioneer Set up mainboard repair

Next, I pulled out the ribbon cable that is connected between the mainboard and the front panel control-see the photo below:

how to repair pioneer setup

The ribbon cable signals are actually going to the front panel on/off switches (Rec/Tune/Preset/Stop and etc).

how to fix pioneer set up

When the ribbon cable was pulled from the front panel board and powered On, the system no longer in standby mode. If you look at the photo below, you can see the USB word displayed.

This suggested that the front panel board have something shorted that had prevented the mainboard  from starting up.

fix pioneer hi fi

From experience, usually the cause of the short circuit would be the small on/off switches. The reason for it is because if these switches is always on (without pressing on the switch), the microprocessor IC in the mainboard could recognized there is a problem thus disabling the start up until the short is removed.

tactical switch replace

I did not check the switch because sometimes it can have intermittent problem. I direct replaced all the switches and power it On. Guess what? the system immediately functioned again-see the photos below:

tactical switch replacement

how to fix and repair pioneer hifi setup

Conclusion- When you want to troubleshoot any mainboard, always make sure that the control panel board (control buttons) be disable first and see the result. If the mainboard starts to work again, suspect front control board problem. If it still refuse to start then check on the mainboard. Hope this  article helps!


This article was prepared for you by Suranga Bandara who owns an Electronics repair shop in Anuradapura, Sri Lanka.

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  1. Parasuraman

    January 16, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Good feedback. Very useful information!

  2. Robert Calk

    January 17, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Good job, Suranga.

  3. Albert

    January 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Best and professional solution indeed. Sometimes it helps to spray contact spray in the switches but that depends on the kind of switches used. In case of switches of a IR remote control not working I found a new very successful method : I use thin self adhesive aluminium foil that I press/glue on the backside of the top rubber/silicon buttons. 100% success rate where normal gluing thin aluminium pieces never seems to hold!

    • Suranga Electronics

      January 18, 2018 at 1:38 am

      Yes good. Very Nice Solution
      Thanks Mr,

  4. Alex Maynard

    January 24, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Excellent job, Suranga

  5. Stanford

    January 26, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Your guide is very good. We learned more.

  6. Lakony alfred

    January 28, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    hw can u power up without power button?


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