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How To Reset Sony Car Stereo

How To Reset Sony Car Stereo
How To Reset Sony Car Stereo

Have you ever had the experience of turning on your car stereo, and hearing nothing but static? If so, you know how frustrating it can be. Fortunately, resetting your Sony car stereo is a relatively easy process.

In this article, we will walk you through the steps necessary to restore your stereo to its original condition. Keep in mind that resetting your car stereo will erase any custom preferences that you have stored on it, such as station presets or music files.

So if you really don’t want to lose those settings, we recommend backing them up before starting the reset process. We’ll also provide some troubleshooting tips if you run into any problems. Let’s get started!

How To Reset Sony Car Stereo

If your Sony car stereo is not working properly, you may need to reset it. Resetting can fix many problems, such as a frozen screen or incorrect settings. If your car stereo still does not work after resetting, you may need to replace it.

Back up your settings before resetting:

Before you reset your Sony car stereo, it is important to back up your settings. This way, you can restore them after the reset. To back up your settings, you will need a USB drive.

1. Connect the USB drive to your computer.

2. On your computer, open My Computer or This PC.

3. Find the USB drive and open it.

4. Create a new folder on the USB drive and name it “Backup”.

5. Open the Backup folder and create two more folders: “Settings” and “Data”.

6. Copy the contents of these folders from your car stereo to the corresponding folders on the USB drive:

For the Settings folder: Copy everything from the “/Settings” folder on your car stereo.

For the Data folder: Copy the following files from the “/Data” folder on your car stereo:

* db.bin

* rbdb.bin

* rbdsdb.bin

7. Eject the USB drive and remove it from your computer.

Using the Reset Button to Resetting a Sony Car Stereo

Sony car stereos have a reset button that can be used to restore the factory settings. In most cases, you’ll need to use a small object, like a paperclip, to press and hold the button for several seconds.

Locate the reset button on your Sony car stereo:

The location of this button may vary depending on the model of your stereo, but it is generally located in a small hole on the faceplate of the unit.

Press and hold the reset button for several seconds:

Use a small object, like a paperclip, to press and hold the button for several seconds. You may need to press it for up to 10 seconds before the unit resets.

Release the button and wait for the stereo to restart:

Once you’ve released the button, the unit should restart and be reset to its factory settings. If you’re still having trouble, consult your stereo’s manual for more specific instructions.

Troubleshooting tips if you run into problems:

If you run into any problems while resetting your car stereo or restoring your settings, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure the USB drive is connected properly.
  • Check that the folders and files on the USB drive are in the correct locations.
  • Try using a different USB drive.
  • Try a hard reset instead of a soft reset.
  • If all else fails, you may need to replace your car stereo.

These are the steps necessary to reset your Sony car stereo. We hope this article has been helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

Resetting The Sony Stereo Without Using the Button

If the faceplate is not removable or there is no reset button, you must reset the system using a specific button.

Resetting the sound system may be accomplished with the following buttons:

  • Home Button
  • Call Button
  • Source/Off button
  • DSPL  button

If you have these buttons on your stereo, you will be able to perform a reset. Simply Press and hold the home button, then press and hold the call button. 

While holding both buttons, press and release the source/off button. All three buttons should now be illuminated. Press and release the DSPL button to reset the system.

If this does not work, please consult your car’s owner’s manual for the reset procedure specific to your vehicle.

FAQs: How To Reset Sony Car Stereo

1. What is a soft reset?

A soft reset is a restart of your car stereo without losing any settings or data. To do a soft reset, press and hold the “RESET” button for about 5 seconds. The “RESET” button is usually located on the front or side of the stereo.

2. What is a hard reset?

A hard reset will erase all your settings and data. To do a hard reset, press and hold the “RESET” button for about 10 seconds. The “RESET” button is usually located on the front or side of the stereo.

3. How do I back up my settings before resetting?

Before you reset your Sony car stereo, it is important to back up your settings. This way, you can restore them after the reset. To back up your settings, you will need a USB drive.

4. How do I restore my settings after resetting?

After you have reset your car stereo, you can restore your settings from the backup on the USB drive. To do this, connect the USB drive to your car stereo and follow these steps:

1. On your car stereo, press the “Menu” button.

2. Navigate to “Settings”.

3. Select “Restore Settings”.

4. Select the USB drive as the source of the restore.

5. Press the “OK” button to start the restore process.

6. When the restore is complete, press the “Menu” button to exit.

Your settings and data should now be restored.

5. What should I do if I run into problems while resetting or restoring my car stereo?

If you run into any problems while resetting your car stereo or restoring your settings, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure the USB drive is connected properly.
  • Check that the folders and files on the USB drive are in the correct locations.
  • Try using a different USB drive.
  • Try a hard reset instead of a soft reset.
  • If all else fails, you may need to replace your car stereo.

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I am Miles Walker, founder of HeadunitAdvisor.com. I'm a car audio enthusiast and have been since I was a kid. I created the website to help people make the best decision when it comes to choosing and installing the new car stereo head unit. I have a degree in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley, and I love working on cars and audio equipment.

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