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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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.
Not sure if this will help. My machine was stuck with a "Please Wait" message. Searched internet, many folks with problem. The fixes all pointed to 2 capacitors being blown. My brother was able to easily solder 2 new ones in and the machine worked perfectly. If you Google the name and model with Please Wait after it, you will see some of the conversations and remedies. Your machine may be heading toward this problem.
Also, beware of storing too much on your hard drive! My machine was working great after the above repair, but I believe I had too much stored on mine and I got a U99 Error Code. Service Center said it can not be repaired and THEY DO NOT MAKE THESE ANYMORE. There are DV machines with a hard drive so you can watch shows, but not to record show/movies. I make DVDs of my son's high school games. Can edit and transfer many games at once with this machine... not with any others!
Not sure if this will help, but mine acted up similarly before it went with a message of "Please Wait" on the display at all times. Searched the web, found out two capacitors needed to be replaced. My brother was able to easily solder the parts in a very short time. Google the name and model number with the words Please Wait and you can see how many folks have had this problem. Your machine may be on its way to this problem.
I have good friends that got their machine at the same time. Same thing happened to them within one month of me telling them about it. Our machines are about 4 years old as well.
Another big problem. I then got a U99 Error Code. Completly frozen machine. From my researcy I may have caused the problem by storing too much on hard drive. Once you transfer video, get it off the hard drive. They say mine can not be fixed. Problem is, they do not make them anymore. No hard drives for recording or dubbing DVDs.
dear sir i have panasonics dmr-e85h dvd recorder .
so i connect to emerson evc 1595 pal to ntsc to pal video convertor.and i convertor to pal video to ntsc video. but it colity is very bed. and picture is fickaring. so u solve my problems emidently.and some time dvdr- is not supprot to display.
This has happened to me once. I unplugged it overnight and plugged is back in and everything (Except for the for the DVD that was being written when it malfunctioned) Worked fine. I suspect that a Capacitor is going bad but it’s still working (for 4 months) and I will put off any real trouble shooting until it fails hard.
This forum has a couple of solutions for resolving this error message. I personally have only had the u99 error with my E85H unit and resolved it with a firmware upgrade. It has worked great for the last 3 years.