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Dead power supply.

I have a RCA DVD-R + VCR Combo model DRC8320N and it went dead over night. It doesn't have any power supply to the front portion nor does it work at all. I checked the fuse and it is good and nothing looks burnt. I think it just went out of warranty.

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  • Gwendy720 Jan 04, 2009

    My DVD/VCR recorder combo model # DRC8320N has died. It wont power on. I don't know what to do with it. Please help

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Faulty power-supply symptoms:

The front panel display and buttons are completely nonfunctional and appear dead. The unit will do nothing more than display the following messages on the TV screen:

Interface error
(and or)
Interface error! Turn off the power

If a DVD or VHS tape was inserted prior to the error occurring, you won't be able to eject either from that point further. They'll remain stuck inside the unit until you've completed the repair detailed below.

Interface error! Turn off the power <--- explains how to completely restore your combo in less than 20 minutes by replacing a $1.59 part on the power-supply board. mikeadams110@yahoo.com

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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    Mike Adams Dec 07, 2008

    Generous words of appreciation from fellow combo recorder owners who successfully restored their units back to fully-operational condition



    December 04, 2008 received by email from John H.
    Mike. Thanks for providing this excellent DIY repair guide. My RCA DRC8335 is now performing perfectly again! In my case, the failure was caused entirely by capacitor C226 which I've just upgraded to 35 volts as advised, purchased from Radio Shack. Thanks again.



    December 04, 2008 received by email from Glen
    Dear Mike. Simply awesome, my DRC8320N combo's now fixed thanks to you! The only thing remaining I need to do is replace the VCR drive belt so its drawer will lock into place properly. Feel free to share my joy. Thanks again for all your help.



    November 25, 2008 posted by Norstar448 on Fixya
    I printed out Mike Adam's solution and phoned 2 electronic repair shops who refused to listen to how my machine could easily be repaired. The third said to bring in the info and my machine. He quickly located the part and replaced it and my machine is 100%. Thanks Mike!



    November 14, 2008 received by email from Brandon
    Mike. Since I last wrote, I've already taken my recorder apart, replaced capacitor #C232 and it's now working great! I repaired it myself without any electronics background or having done anything like this before. It really felt rewarding after putting things back together and plugging it in, to discover everything was working perfectly again.

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(and or)
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If a DVD or VHS tape was inserted prior to the error occurring, you won't be able to eject either from that point further. They'll remain stuck inside the unit until you've completed the repair detailed below.

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