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Panasonic DMR-E85H Not Starting up from standby

Problem started when Player was on and operating normally suddenly it couldn't play, navigate or anything else. This was fixed with a power reset and worked ok for about 24 hours. Now on Standby and will not pass the self test with any normal starting options (Is also not recording as programmed). The screen goes blank, almost if there is a power shortage whenever I try anything to get it too life or try to open disc draw. Power reset has not worked this time!

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  • Andrew Fletcher Dec 07, 2006

    Now frozen with the clock only, ( the time is correct !) nothing else works......

  • jonesy2000 Nov 04, 2007

    power on the unit get to the self check then restarts

  • Anonymous Jun 15, 2008

    Sometimes I need to push the power on switch 10 times to get the device operational (it would each time go back to standby during self-test)

    Sometimes it works the first time.

    Also, many times when dubbing to DVD, the device would power down as soon as it starts writing the DVD (which is becoming an expensive excersize!)

    This started happening a few months ago and seems to get gradually worse.
    When I have time I'll investigate the power supply capacitor solution (Jan 17, 2008)

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    Not the happy news I was looking to find. Same problem. Unit is about 3 years old. Guess I will be shopping for a new one. Any ways to salvage the shows sitting on the hard drive?



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The following did the trick for me (self-check loop problem).
Replace the STRG6353 power regulator chip on the power board. The original costs about 30 euro, a clone (which I used and seems to work just fine) costs about 7,50 euro. (I got it at
The power board is located underneath the HD drive.
Hope this helps.

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I had the same problem and read jonesy2000's solution. I had suspected the same capacitors because they were domed instead of flat. As I live in the stix (Pago Pago, American Samoa)  I do not have many parts available. I replaced the two 680mF capacitors with three 470 mF capacitors which are all in parallel and the units is functioning as it was when I got it on eBay. The fan does not operate and the clock cannot be reset but all other functions work okay.

Posted on Jun 06, 2008


My panasonic suffered the above problems, the unit would fail to start the hard drive from being off for a while. Found 2 680uf, 16V caps in the switching supply under hard drive, which measured approx. 120uf. This caused the 12v supply to sag on start up. I replaced and all works fine

Posted on Jan 17, 2008

How about this for a solution: DO NOT BUY PANASONIC GOODS! I too experienced this same problem. Panasonic offered to fix it for $250 (I bought it for $330). My friend had another nasty problem with Panasonic plasma tv, and the company offered to fix it for $700. Both products were just 14 months old. Seems like Panasonic is no longer in the business of making things that last; they are in the business of make high-priced, disposable electronics (in that way they maintain on-going revenues). Panasonic used to have a name that was as good as gold in my book. NOT ANYMORE.

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Try unplugging the unit for 24 hours. If that does not work, then most likly there is a problem in the microprocessor circuit or the main power supply circuit. There are no user replaceable parts inside this unit, so if yop wish to invest into this unit, your going to have to take into a servicer to get an estimate. I will warn you, most likly it will not be worth the estimate fee, as these things these days are throw away electronics. Its just a shame, things are not made like they used to be. Well Good Luck. Please do not forget to rate this thread.

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