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Recorder self-check... after inserting a disc.

It continues self - checking for ages ... until i pull the plug, out of frustration! does not respond to anything, such as power on/off, door open/close ... NOTHING!

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  • islandzac Feb 01, 2009

    pulling the main power cord, and keeping it off for 2hours, has stopped my recorder from self-check ... unfortunatly, everytime a disc is inserted ... the problem comes back again! the home movies i played use to be able to playback, and now they will not! any disc now inserted (including ones from the video store) will send my recorder in self-check mode!

  • Scampston Feb 28, 2009

    Same. It starts repeating self check when a disc (blank or pre-recorded) is inserted. Never used to happen!

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  • sfstan Mar 02, 2009

    i have the same problem with self-check when i insert a blank dvd. i have had the unit for 4 years and has operated flawlessly once the u99 code was fixed. i am using white printable sony blank dvds. the problem happens maybe 1 out of 6-10 insertions of a blank dvd. possibly the alignment of the heads are a little off? i have been using this brand of dvd for years and only have this problem the last few months.

  • timross Apr 12, 2009

    I have the same problem. Has worked fine for 3 years, playing any disc I put in, pre recorded or home recorded, now it just self checks all the time. It works fine just recording and playing back off the hard disc only.



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Inserting a disk OTHER than Panasonic will cause a system crash. I'm betting Panasonic has code that causes this so you don't use cheaper generic DVDs. I now have to mail order the Panasonic DVDs (since nobody carries them) and have never had a crash since!

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