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Panasonic #4511- This unit is nearly 10 years old but it has served me well. My question is are they worth the expense of repair when they get this old or is it better to just get a new one. I'm retired and on a fixed income so expense is a factor. Thanks for any advice. Robert Fort Lauderdale

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Just get a new one

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You cannot do anything yourself and repair is uneconomic. It is a 10 year old model.
You can buy a new DVD player for $100 or less so it is not worth fretting over. Just buy a better brand next time, like panasonic, and you won't have those kinds of faults.

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H07 is a typical failure of the spindle motor/laser assembly, better known as the traverse unit. Unfortunately, this component is not repairable, and neither the laser nor the motor are replaceable separately; it must be replaced as ONE UNIT. The problem with this is the likely cost(s) involved, including the traverse unit itself plus fitting/alignment etc. by a qualified technician in an authorised repair centre, which may make this unit uneconomical to fix as it is not a DVD recorder.

You can always submit the unit to a workshop for a more logical quote on the overall service/repair costs, get a second opinion while you're there, then you can make a decision afterwards; either you can accept the quote and get it fixed, or cut your losses and buy a new player (which may be cheaper and easier) - up to you.

Being as the player is close to 10 years old, I would say it has reached its cutoff point (the fact that it has lasted you as long as it has up to now says something positive about it). If you choose to pursue repairs/parts for this one, be warned it could be an expensive exercise with a minimal guarantee of reliability.

Best of luck to you in whatever you decide to do from here.

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The 'No Read' error is a classic case of a failed laser (and/or DVD drive). In many Panasonic DVD devices (recorders, players and some Blu-Ray models) the laser is part of a traverse unit or 'assembly' (a block with laser and spindle motor in one). With this unit, unless you are tech. savvy and are aware of the likely cost(s) of replacement part(s) for this type of product, you can go ahead and order from Panasonic directly - subject to shipping and tax (assuming the part is available) - this could be expensive, and you would also need the right equipment/tools and experience to do this (it is much easier to simply replace the whole DVD drive itself in the unit - just note the original drive number and connection type before seeking a new one, after that - should be a straightforward fit, save on labour costs...) - these drives are not exactly easy to repair at individual component level; hence why in most cases the whole drive is replaced when part of it fails (not impossible to replace either!).

If you aren't familiar with this sort of thing, your next best bet is to submit the recorder to an authorised Panasonic service centre, obtain a (reasonable) quote on likely repair/part(s) cost(s), along with a second opinion, then you can make a firm decision on that basis. Up to you whether you pursue it further or not. The DMR-EZ28 is not as old as the DMR-ES15 and is more reliable in general. Assuming this can be repaired, it could be very expensive, so keep that in mind, but you won't know for sure unless you get a quote from a workshop. It may also take several weeks before repair (if possible) is completed.

If all else fails, or it is probably going to be too expensive/uneconomical to fix, or you cannot get a replacement DVD drive anywhere for this model, then consider a new one - but ONLY as a last resort. The cost of replacing a disc drive in your existing unit vs. the cost of a brand new machine could be significant.

Not the best news, but certainly worth investigating - if you want to do so.

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If however, you fail completely, and cannot get a board anywhere, or even the old one repaired (which isn't economical), you may need to consider replacing the whole unit - but only as a last resort (the unit is a 2004 model so it's over 6 years old.

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either too hot or cold.
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if it still doesnt work when the player is in normal room temperature ( ie 10 degrees celsius to 24 degrees celcius) then the internal thermal trip is faulty and needs resetting ( a board change i would think)
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