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    Question for those with standard 306 radio...

    Hey there,

    Was wondering if anyone here has the standard radio fitted to their 306 - series 1 or 2, shouldn't matter I don't think...

    If so - I have some questions:

    When you turn on the headlights, does the LCD display on the radio go into "negative" mode - ie does it have lit up characters with blacked out background?

    And conversely when the headlights are off does the background light up, and the characters are in black?

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    I have a feeling this is fairly standard stuff, but I'm looking for the wire to do it for the new deck I've installed.. and want to know if my search is a futile one!

    In addition, was wondering if anyone can tell me if the lighting on the radio dims at all when you dim your dash lighting. I'm looking for this wire too! (should be easy with a multimeter)

    Any ideas on whether these features are supported by the 306s wiring is greatly appreciated...

    Cheers,
    Adrian

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    ntrx,

    The lights on the radio in my 306 XT come on when the ignition key is set to ACC or IGN.
    Unfortunately the headlights and/or the dash lights dimmer have no effect on it.
    I wish it did though. moon

    george head_ban

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    Bugger... I asked this question as the Kenwood deck I'm installing seems to have 2 extra power or trigger lines going into it (they can't be anything else). The deck has wiring for 4 speakers, trigger for amp, trigger for power antenna, red, yellow and black for (ign, power and ground) and then it has a pink wire and an orange wire. I'm sure it wentr from positive display to negative in my last car when I turned on the headlights, but can't remember about the dimming.

    The wiring in the pug seems to have two extra lines aswell - as opposed to just red, yellow and black.

    I guess I'll have to get the multimeter out and see which spare wire in the dash does what, when I'm turning the headlights on and off and buggerising around with the dimming.

    cheers
    Adrian

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    The manual for my 306 has a radio wiring diagram in the back. Here it is in Word Picture Editor glory:

    <img src="http://homepage.mac.com/ptilmanis/.Pictures/306audio.gif" alt=" - " />

    It does not, however, have the correct fusebox diagram for my car ... even though it goes through about 3 or 4 variants :p

    Normally the display is a normal unlit LCD (i.e. silverish background, black digits), but when I turn the lights on, the background goes orange -- the digits stay black. This is the standard Eurovox 4680 in-dash CD player one by the way. (not the radio-cassette one)

    I can also turn on the radio when the car is off and the keys are out of the ignition.
    Peter
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    Hmm... thanks Rek, I forgot to look in the manual! mallet Yes the fuse section is a little confusing isn't it!

    OK, well given permanent and accessories are most likely referring to permanent 12v, and accessories when you've got ignition on, I'll take a punt that sidelights is the signal from the loom when you turn on the headlights. I'll double check to be sure though, and make sure it doesn't get a constant current and freak out my deck (I expect it just needs a pulse, similar to electric antenna signal/amp turn on signal etc).

    Cheers,
    Adrian

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