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My Radio is possessed

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I can't seem to get my radio to work. My car is a 2003 Boxster and the radio is original / stock.

My radio has worked perfectly for over 8 years. The problem started when I recently replaced a dead battery. At that time I also cleaned the "battery area" of pine needles and dead leaves; I used compressed air to blow the junk out.

The radio will occasionally turn on, and then unexpectedly turn off. If I unplug the associated fuse and re-plug, the radio might work for awhile and, then again, it might not. I have tried everything that I can think of to fix this problem, including......

- checked the amps; with fuse removed, mA are about 50, with fuse plugged in, mA increase to about 80... I don't thing this is unusual

- I replaced the starter switch...no difference

- all fuses are OK

- I checked all wires that are visible for any type of problem.. I can't see anything

- I pulled the radio and removed the faceplate to check connections...no difference

- all other electrical items on this car work perfectly and I do not have any aftermarket alarms or dodads installed.

I am at my wits end with this one and can't think of anything else to check. That being said, is there anything I might have missed? For 2003 models, is there some type of radio re-set procedure using the Porsche diagnostic computer? Lastly, if I must buy a new radio, are there any recommendations? I would want the "new radio" to be an exact match to the current black matte finish.

many thanks in advance

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