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Old 06-20-2013, 10:46 AM   #111
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It sounds like it may be a ground loop. There are several ways to isolate this, but I found (not necessarily recommend) removing the ground fixes the hum.



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Good morning bclemens

Last week we finally got the new RV, I have a couple issues regarding the sound system & M4 Magnadyne:

1) We always hear a humming from the subwoofer (under the couch) when the radio is on. The only way to get it to stop is to turn the volume knob on the subwoofer unit to its minimum (aka: silent)! What is strange is when I mute the M4 unit the humming would stop. Any ideas? Do you feel a ground loop isolator would help? If yes how should I install it?



The humming is VERY annoying, we just cannot get the kids to sleep on the couch with the radio on.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:08 PM   #112
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Thanks for the info, regarding the maps I just contacted Magnadyne and Mike mentioned that their units are shipped with the latest maps (Released: 2012 Q3). Mine came with the 2011 maps, so obviously the unit has been in stock at FR for a while now.

Do you have a contact I can work with at Forest River to help me get the latest maps without paying 70$ to naviextras? This is a fair request given that we have a brand new 2014 coach.

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:12 PM   #113
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We (The Cruise Director(other wise known as wife) and I) just purchased a Forest River Solera 24r. We bought it in Idaho, we live in New York State, and then had a ball driving it back home. We love it. We previously had a Gulf Stream diesel pusher 40'. The gulf Stream was a great MH, 2 slides and just about everything you can stuff into a MH, clothes washer/dryer, jacuzzi tub, 150 gallons of fuel, huge holding tanks, etc.,etc.. But at our age, the further side of our 70's, it was no fun driving around a tour bus, so we traded it for what we thought would be the only small MH with the quality of ride and handling we wanted. well the only glitch was the radio unit. It is dim and difficult to use. We have an appointment tommorrow with the local dealer to pull it out and log the serial number, so they can order a new unit. In the meanwhile, I will be shopping for a unit from Sony or Panasonic to replace it. Other than that we love our Mercedes Benz motor home. compared to other units, it is heads and shoulders above them.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #114
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Friends with Solara had similar problems with Magnadyne. Replaced with Kentwood and very happy.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:09 PM   #115
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If the dimness is a major factor, there is a button (sun / moon icon) in the bottom left that can toggle the display darker or brighter.

Now, definitely wouldn't argue at all about the difficult to use comment.

Just wanted to let you know you might be able to fix one of your problems though.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:06 PM   #116
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Clipping the blue wire going to the radio will solve the switching to dim problem.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #117
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We (The Cruise Director(other wise known as wife) and I) just purchased a Forest River Solera 24r. We bought it in Idaho, we live in New York State, and then had a ball driving it back home. We love it. We previously had a Gulf Stream diesel pusher 40'. The gulf Stream was a great MH, 2 slides and just about everything you can stuff into a MH, clothes washer/dryer, jacuzzi tub, 150 gallons of fuel, huge holding tanks, etc.,etc.. But at our age, the further side of our 70's, it was no fun driving around a tour bus, so we traded it for what we thought would be the only small MH with the quality of ride and handling we wanted. well the only glitch was the radio unit. It is dim and difficult to use. We have an appointment tommorrow with the local dealer to pull it out and log the serial number, so they can order a new unit. In the meanwhile, I will be shopping for a unit from Sony or Panasonic to replace it. Other than that we love our Mercedes Benz motor home. compared to other units, it is heads and shoulders above them.
Congrats on your new Solera. We have the 24M and love it. There have been a few issues with the Magnadyne, most resolved by a firmware upgrade. But the dimness is related to the fact that the headlights come on automatically when ignition is on. Properly installed, any other radio you install will have the same issue. You can either clip the blue wire, or turn headlight switch to parking lights before switching ignition on. Also, there is a setting on the Magnadyne which allows you to set the screen brightness when it is NOT dimmed - you may want to check this, also.

By the way, you may want to check the Solera forum from time to time - lots of good information from lots of knowledgeable users.

Really envious of your first trip being a joy ride across the country.

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:26 AM   #118
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turn off radio with GPS on

Bambam in answer to your question:

"3) Is there a way to close the radio program without shutting down the unit? I don't see how to shut down only the radio, while continuing to use the unit, let's say for GPS"

I turn to blue tooth for music then don't play anything on my bluetooth device. This lets the volume for the GPS stay on and doesn't create that pesky "background" static of a radio not tuned to a station. This works out for me since I've found its easy to get out of range of this unit's radio reception capabilities so bluetooth is the only music I usually listen to.

On the sub-woofer hum, I too have that noise, - even with the unit volume all the way down. The noise is noticeably louder and a different frequency when my iPhone is docked. I took it to a dealer who couldn't sort out the issue - so I disconnected the sub-woofer input cables and removed the inline fuse - ahhh silence.

Hope this helps
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:18 PM   #119
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I got the software upgrades last week. They seemed to have corrected the rebooting problem. I was hoping it would reinitialize the POIs too, but I still only get 3 gas stations the closest one being 280 miles away. Anyone else have this issue? It appears there are only a few POIs on the map that came with it. Not a single campground listing.
I called Mark at Magnadyne. His only suggestion was to go to Naviextras and shell out a hundred bucks for a new map. Of course there are no guarantees that there will be any more POIs on it. Guess the best thing to do is to suction cup my tom tom to it.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:30 PM   #120
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Angry I hate the magnadyne m4-lcd


I think that I'm pretty handy when it comes to electronics but this system has me baffled.
  1. The USB drive will not read my USB stick. When I place the USB stick into it to play it just shows 'Loading', and that's all it shows. Thinking that since there is over 2000 songs on the stick I waited to see if would eventually list the songs. Well I waited and waited and after 2+ hours with no change I gave up. When I hit the USB icon it just shows 'multimedia' on the screen, when I try and hit play it jumps to stop. I test the USB in a computer and it reads it. HATE IT!
  2. When watching TV all I can hear out of the system is a hum or nothing. If I touch the input cables (red & white) at the TV I hear static and now and then I can hear the TV through the surround speakers, but eventually it stops again. What I did notice is that the cables are crappy and for some reason will not properly transmit the sound from the tv to the radio unit. This is extremely frustrating and I'm ready to toss this crap out of the window.
I've updated the unit via the SD card but it still doesn't work. I don't understand why I would have to go through so much to get this thing to do what it says it should do. I also don't understand why FR would use such flimsy cabling for the audio. How much more would it of cost to use upgraded cables??
When I play a DVD the surround sound works great, but when I switch it back to the TV it doesn't.
If I can't this to work correctly I'm taking it back to the dealer and they better figure this out for me.

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