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Old 03-04-2015, 12:16 PM   #1
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Unsuccessful day, radio problems.

Whilst at the breakers i came across a 16.9 widescreen radio from an m3 with harmon kardon. I currantly have a 14.3 with harmon kardon radio, so i thought ill take a chance and hopeing its a straight swap. Both blue and white connectors are a the same. The unit fires up fine, all functions work accept i have no sound. Can anyone explain why?
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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Anyone any ideas? Thanks
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:44 PM   #3
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I can only guess, are you sure the unit you installed even works? Also, is it possible that you blew a fuse during the swap? Put the old radio back in, if it does not work either, then the fuse moves up several spots on your list.

Also, do radios have to be coded on? Look into the PA Soft 1.4 videos on Youtube and you will see that there are codes involved with different radios.

All of that is my best guess and there is no basis in reality.

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Right ive sussed what the problem is, i had to resoldier my boot module. But now i have a new issue, the unit sounds fine but it wont recognise a cd. It goes into drive behind motorized screen and just doesnt recognise a disk and moves straight to radio. Any ideas what could be the issue?

The unit was taken from an m3 which i think had stacks more goodies to be able to transfer. What can be transferable without too much hasstle? I have old analogue tv which obviously wont find any channels and wondering if they have an updated version. Where would i find these items to swap on the m3 and then on my convertible? Thanks again
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