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Cannot get E85H to boot - U99 error

I have the Panasonic E85H DVR, and it worked fine for about 4 years. Then over the last month or so, shows I set to record would not record. Then the TV guide seemed to to intermittent - basically resetting every couple days. Now, when I start it up, after doing a channel up/down simultaneous to reset - the guide startup comes up, but then immediately goes to a "U99" on the display - which according to the user manual just means something's "wrong" and tells you to reboot. I cannot get past this point.

In reading the articles, I noted the capacitor issue - I went to radio shack, bought new capacitors, and replaced the C1260, C1261, C1270, C1271 (the 1270 and 1271 were puffed out originally). Used Radio Shack 1000 uF for all. Figured that would solve my problem - hooked it back up - still the same problem. So now what???? Please help - thanks!

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  • pdeebel33 Dec 15, 2008

    Figured it out myself (after further reading) - did the firmware update from 2005 (I bought my unit in 2004), and now it works fine.

  • nybobby Dec 19, 2008

    Two months ago I received the Please wait message and replaced the two capacitors as mentioned by others. Worked great, but now I'm receiving the U99 error when it tries to load the TV guide. I've downloaded the firmware update from Panasonic and will see if that helps. Any other suggestions?



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I downloaded and installed the firmware upgrade from 2005 (my machine was bought in 04) - after that it is now working fine!

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I just repaired this unit with the replacement filtering capacitors. This is a widely known problem. Hope this helps.

There is an article that addresses this very error and it has to do with the power supply filtering capacitors. I just repaired a unit and the fellow that brought into me said this a widely known problem. I replaced three of the capacitors ... two had leaked and the last one was bulging. Works fine now.

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