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Old August 12th 03, 07:30 PM
Jennifer Michael
 
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Default Sony ICF 2010 Error 3, even with A/C

Hi all,

I just read that this radio has/is discontinued, but I'd still like to
try and fix mine for sentinmental reasons. My problem is the common
Error 3 is coming up with both the A/C power and the new batteries.
The A/C was acting up for weeks (bad connection) and now doesn't work
at all. I have tried all of the usual fixes, such as checking the
springs/battery connections and the "main power" switch. I did NOT
replace the two AA batteries (figuring the display was still working
it was unnessary). Any ideas? Anyone ever have that A/C connection
repaired? If I could get that to work I would forgo the battery
problem.

Much thanks for any help!

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Old August 13th 03, 07:48 AM
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Jennifer Michael wrote:

Hi all,

I just read that this radio has/is discontinued, but I'd still like to
try and fix mine for sentinmental reasons. My problem is the common
Error 3 is coming up with both the A/C power and the new batteries.
The A/C was acting up for weeks (bad connection) and now doesn't work
at all. I have tried all of the usual fixes, such as checking the
springs/battery connections and the "main power" switch. I did NOT
replace the two AA batteries (figuring the display was still working
it was unnessary). Any ideas? Anyone ever have that A/C connection
repaired? If I could get that to work I would forgo the battery
problem.

Much thanks for any help!


You should remove the two AA batteries to let the microprocessor reset
itself. Leave them out for a few minutes, then reinstall them to see if
the Error-3 goes away. If this doesn't fix it, connect a wire (like a
straightened paper clip) across the two terminals of the AA battery
holder with the AA batteries out. This will remove any remaining voltage
in the circuits which could prevent a reset of the processor. Do these
tests with the three D batteries removed and the AC adapter
disconnected. Hope it works.


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Old August 14th 03, 02:37 AM
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I have had that very annoying problem with my 2010 since the day I bought
it. I took it to the service center and they said they couldnt find anything
wrong with it.
Mine has always been intermittent.
Whenever I turn the radio and then back on, I usually get the error 3 message.
I feel very lucky if I can ever turn that radio on without the error 3 message.
I have to turn the radio on and off numerous times and finally it will work
properly.
I have new AA batteries in there and I have tried taking them out and
letting everying reset and still the problem exists.
I have not tried the paper clip idea though.
Craig
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Old August 14th 03, 09:38 PM
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"DXer" wrote in message
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I have had that very annoying problem with my 2010 since

the day I bought
it. I took it to the service center and they said they couldnt

find anything
wrong with it.
Mine has always been intermittent.
Whenever I turn the radio and then back on, I usually get the

error 3 message.
I feel very lucky if I can ever turn that radio on without the

error 3 message.
I have to turn the radio on and off numerous times and

finally it will work
properly.
I have new AA batteries in there and I have tried taking

them out and
letting everying reset and still the problem exists.
I have not tried the paper clip idea though.
Craig


I seem to remember somebody in the past installing a small
capacitor across the battery terminals in order to cover short
losses of voltage when the batteries move slightly during normal
use. Has anyone tried this sort of thing?


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Old August 15th 03, 06:44 PM
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aye, many an article has been written on this and even Kiwa offers a
kit. the bigger the cap,
the longer you have to swap out the little rascals.



I seem to remember somebody in the past installing a small
capacitor across the battery terminals in order to cover short
losses of voltage when the batteries move slightly during normal
use. Has anyone tried this sort of thing?





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Old September 15th 10, 07:29 AM
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Hi all,

I just read that this radio has/is discontinued, but I'd still like to
try and fix mine for sentinmental reasons. My problem is the common
Error 3 is coming up with both the A/C power and the new batteries.
The A/C was acting up for weeks (bad connection) and now doesn't work
at all. I have tried all of the usual fixes, such as checking the
springs/battery connections and the "main power" switch. I did NOT
replace the two AA batteries (figuring the display was still working
it was unnessary). Any ideas? Anyone ever have that A/C connection
repaired? If I could get that to work I would forgo the battery
problem.

Much thanks for any help!

I have enjoyed shortwave and medium wave dxing for a few years and own a Sony icf-2010. It's one of my favorites but has sat for a while with no batteries. I put fresh batteries in and powered it up and got the "error.3" message on the display. I tried pulling the aa batteries for a while then the paper clip across the aa posts and still the "error.3" appeared. Then I tried adjusting the "main power" switch on the left side of the receiver to the "on" position and the radio powered on with no "error.3" message and is pulling in 740am KCBS out San Francisco over 600 miles from my location in Ventura county with ease as I type. Am I an expert-no sir! Try everything calmly before taking drastic action. I hope this helps. Happy dxing
Frank
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I have enjoyed shortwave and medium wave dxing for a few years and own a Sony icf-2010. It's one of my favorites but has sat for a while with no batteries. I put fresh batteries in and powered it up and got the "error.3" message on the display. I tried pulling the aa batteries for a while then the paper clip across the aa posts and still the "error.3" appeared. Then I tried adjusting the "main power" switch on the left side of the receiver to the "on" position and the radio powered on with no "error.3" message and is pulling in 740am KCBS out San Francisco over 600 miles from my location in Ventura county with ease as I type. Am I an expert-no sir! Try everything calmly before taking drastic action. I hope this helps. Happy dxing
Frank
I'd stored my 2010 for quite a while, pulled it out, and got persistent Error 3's. Nothing cleared it up until I bent out both ends of the D battery terminals, very gently, with a pliers. Apparently, they deliver power to the circuit board by resting on top of a solder. Sort of a weird design, but nudging the contacts a bit lower solved it. Not sure which contact wasn't contacting, but I just wanted to do it once. Anyway, I'm back in business.


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