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Panasonic DMR-EH55 Ram Drive Failure

Anyone have a hack to put in a non-RAM drive in an EH55? I want to put in a less costly dvd writer but the Panasonic's ram drive is a two piece unit - the drive and a companion module. If you purchase a replacement drive - you get both parts. Panasonic will give you a small rebate when you turn in the companion module. Price to get the ram drive is over $600.00.
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Buy a used DMR-ES15, DMR-ES25, DMR-ES45, or DMR-ES46 with a good DVD drive and swap out your bad drive.

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Need to replace DVD recorder.


You may be able to obtain a new DVD-RAM drive for this model from Amazon site - there are more than 2 available at a cost of $130USD each plus shipping. These are marked as VXY1961 RAM drives - with 4 ribbon connectors (at most) and should be a simple fit if this is what you are after. (you can always check the connectors on your existing original drive - you do not need to remove the front panel of the combo to get the DVD deck out)

You can have a look and figure shipping out later if interested (depending on your location - these costs (not the price of the drive) will vary accordingly - Amazon will ship outside USA). At this stage, you would be paying solely for the drive itself, not a workshop repair or a new combo unit.

The VXY1961 DVD-RAM drive is compatible with the following models:

Panasonic DMREZ17
Panasonic DMREZ17P
Panasonic DMREZ27
Panasonic DMREZ27K
Panasonic DMREZ27P
Panasonic DMREZ27PC
Panasonic DMREZ37V
Panasonic DMREZ37VP
Panasonic DMR-EZ475VP
Panasonic DMR-EZ47K
Panasonic DMREZ47VP
Panasonic DMREZ48VK

I am sure yours fits within one of those.

Whichever you decide, this is just a suggestion to help save you a lot of money on unnecessary repairs. Amazon is only one avenue worth exploring.

Mar 13, 2011 | Panasonic DMR-EZ47V DVD Recorder/VCR

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My Panasonic dmr-es35v has decided to cease recording, and makes loud grinding noises, any ideas, reset?


You can try a reset, but I doubt it would do much good. The loud grinding noises and failure to record sound to me like the DVD-RAM drive has had it. This sadly is not a cheap part to replace, and there's the issue of fitting/alignment/firmware upgrade etc.

Uneconomical for a model that is over 4 years old (since it has no digital tuner).

However, if you are prepared to spend a small fortune on a workshop repair/replacement DVD drive, go ahead, but I warn you it could cost as much as, if not more than the price of a new VHS/DVD recorder combo unit.

Feb 10, 2011 | Panasonic DMR-ES35VS

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DVD optical drive does not play all dvds all the time .one time it will play(same DVD)next time it won't.Also sometime finalize failure.Finally tray will not close w/dvd in the tray(sometimes).Is there a...


It sounds like the DVD-RAM drive is about dead. Panasonic did not make them to be very durable.

Panasonic sells replacements at a high cost.

Replacement drives may work from used models including:
DMR-ES15
DMR-ES25
DMR-ES45
DMR-ES46

Oct 01, 2010 | Panasonic DMR-EH55 DVD Recorder/HDD...

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My dmr-eh55s will no longer transfer from the hard drive to the DVD in the high speed mode. It will in low speed mode (real time).


It sounds like the DVD-RAM drive is about dead. Panasonic did not make them to be very durable.

Panasonic sells replacements at a high cost.

Replacement drives may work from used models including:
DMR-ES15
DMR-ES25
DMR-ES45
DMR-ES46

Jun 17, 2010 | Panasonic DMR-EH55 DVD Recorder/HDD...

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Panasonic DMR-EH55 Ram Drive Problem


Do you mean you want to replace the hard drive in the unit? If so, I have one of these units and I installed a new PATA hard drive and then "prepared" it with a firmware update that is available from Panasonic's website. I tried to increase the capacity by installing a 500GB hard drive, and also a 300GB hard drive, but no matter what size I put in, after I initialized the new hard drive with the firmware disc I always only had 92 hours available to me. In fact there was never anything wrong with my unit, I was only trying to increase the capacity for recording - which I was never able to do. I did find that another 200GB hard drive I tried didn't actually work for some unknown reason, but the 500GB, the original 200GB and a 300GB hard drive worked no problem every time I swapped them around. Let me know if you need the link to Panasonic's download - it's easy to find.

Jan 23, 2009 | Panasonic DMR-EH55 DVD Recorder/HDD...

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Error code U61 on a panasonic DMR-ES35v


component failure, the DVD Disk Drive Control Board
(Part No. VEP79132).

Panasonic will not sell this individual part but packages it a module, called the RAM/Digital PCB Module
(Part No. RFKNES15P).

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DMR-EH55 HDD ERROR


Can you be a bit more specific? You cannot read the TV guide, instructions and other data or only the list of programs you ahve recorded?

Jun 07, 2008 | Panasonic DMR-EH55 DVD Recorder/HDD...

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DMR-EH55 DVD recorder is not able to read DVDs any more


You purchase a dry DVD lens cleaner and put it inside the tray. It will clean it for you. If you take apart the drive to expose the lens, you are actually at risk of making it worse.

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