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. Painful.
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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:
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.
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.