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Phillip DVD Hard drive power failure

After a power cut I can no longer turn on my Philips DVD hard drive unit. Have tried unplugging etc with no hint of powering up even to stand by. Is it fried? is there an internal fuse issue?

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You should take firt a voltimeter and test for 5 and 12 volts at power input to de HD,(pluged to the wall) as some times is the power with has been fried...if so test diodes first and transformers then (unpluged from the wall...) if not ok and you do not know how to fix the power source take it to an electronic shop and they will perform a standard repair as it is only a power source......

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