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Panasonic ES40v - Can't play DVD's - Incorrect region

All of a sudden I can't play DVD's in my Panisonic DVD Recorder - Model DMR-ES40v.  Gives error message "This Disc cannot be played in this region"  Tried doing firmware update for model ES40vs, but it gives me error and says that disc cannot be played.  Any ideas?

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I had the same trouble, also wouldn't play back discs that I recorded using it. The commonly listed reset of channel up and down at the same time was not meant for this model.
Below is the official solution that was sent to me by panasonic.
After using this method to reset my player it worked great. it was just like taking it out of the box for the first time.

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your inquiry, reguarding model DMR-ES40V.

Try this reset to fix the issue.

1. Unit power must be on.

2. Press [STOP] & [VHS > DVD] ON THE UNIT for over 5 seconds.

Thank you for contacting Panasonic.

Thank You,
Panasonic Consumer Support
http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CustomerSupport?storeId=11251

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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