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DMR-E50 won't eject disc.

Was in the middle of copying an 8mm tape when I decided to stop the recording. Since then the drawer won't open for me. When I push the O/C button it displays "open" then "close" without moving. I took the lid off it and the drawer opened. I tested it a few times and left it in. Now it won't open again. I can hear the disc spinning but don't know what else to do. Can't find the manual, but there probably isn't a fix listed in it. Is there a reset button or a button to push, etc. to get the drawer to open? DavidTees

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  • Dave Teesdale Sep 19, 2006

    Well, I got it to open. The only part I saw under the hood was a pin (that I could change it's state) that could be pushed in. This was located on the left side of the drive (as you look toward the front from the inside) and down low, but still on the housing. pushing this in allowed me to open the door manually. The drawer opened and I removed the disc. I examined it and found that there was a large blemish near where it had stopped recording. This must have screwed up the sensing device and it wouldn't accept any commands. Have dubbed with it since and it's working fine.

    Thanks for the advice,


  • angus-mor Oct 24, 2008

    I have difficulty opening the disc tray sometimes. I can hear the motor whirring, and trying to open, but it is binding. I don't think this has anything to do with the media. Is there a way to reset the mechanism?

    Please help!



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Nope sorry no quicky fix here

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First, start with power cycling the player. Turn off the player and disconnect the power cord from the wall socket. Leave it unplug for about 5 minutes. Turn the player back on and try to open the drawer.

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