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Self-Check Problem Every time I turn the machine on it displays error message U61 and then displays a message stating that the self check has failed and gives you two prompts. One to hit enter and it will power off or to press return and it will power off and try to correct itself. However, when I power the machine back up the same sequence occurs. It is a continuous loop and I cannot figure out how to correct the problem.

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I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ47VEB and after recording overnight next morning dicovered the machine had swiched off with the word"Hello" on the front display. When switched on the unit displayed the...

U61 is a common fault in the Panasonic DVD recorders. It is generally a failure of the DVD-RAM drive and/or the digital controller board (in some cases it is both and both must be replaced together as a module). Unfortunately these are not repairable at individual component level; they would most likely need to be replaced and fitted by a qualified technician in an authorised Panasonic service centre. The only trouble here is the potential cost(s) involved (such as labour, the DVD drive, etc) - could be expensive and/or uneconomical. However, you can always submit your unit to a repair shop for a quote and a second opinion (on the costs of the replacement part(s) as well as estimated labour charges and the extent of the problem - this allows you to make an informed decision afterwards to get this fixed, but it is up to you.

The cost of a new DVD-RAM drive (if that is the actual problem, and not the board it is connected to) is quite high; anywhere between $130 US (for XVY1961 to suit DMR-ES35V/DMR-EZ47V models) up to $450 AU for the same device plus labour costs should you choose to have it replaced.

I assume you like your unit and want it working properly. If you do decide to deal with an authorised Panasonic service centre, ensure that when the work is completed they provide a detailed report, and some sort of warranty on that repair, especially if it involved replacing the DVD drive. Unless you have an extended manufacturer's warranty on this; which means it won't cost you anything to have it assessed and repaired fully.

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you have a jammed tray button, its really easy to fix, just take it down to a local dvd repair guy. I am one! and I quote a problem like this as about $15-20 and about 30min of your time :) good luck! p.s. if he/she charges more just take it to someone else!!!

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Panasonic DMR-ES15 DVD recorder startup failure

The unit failed during self check, probably the power regulation board. A check by a qualified TV/VCR repair person is in order.

Nov 20, 2009 | Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

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U61 Code will not reset - any suggestions?


You have the same issue as the one who is posted here at Fixya. But this requires you to open the DVD cover. If the unit is still under warranty, its best to bring it to the authorized service center. If not, you can try and test this if it'll work.

"I have the same problem (same error # same model of DVR).

I noticed it happened after I left a DVD in play mode and paused for a long time.

I saw a message on the Internet that error U61 can mean that the lens is unable to move (return to its normal position).

The Internet message said that person unpluged everything, then opened the cover to the DMR-ES15 (3 screws) and gently pushed the DVD head back towards the rear of the DMR-ES15.

I assume that would void his warranty, but I am considering trying it since the time to have it repaired versus the replacement cost makes the possibility of a "self-repair" attractive.

Here is part of that actual Internet message. I hope it helps you:

Yesterday, my DMR-ES15 started to malfunction, giving me the error U61.

No matter how many times I tried to press Enter, and Power On, the machine
kept re-booting with the error U61. I noticed that the drive was making some noises as if the Read head was not able to park properly.
So I decided to open up the unit and find out why.

I took out the 3 screws holding the top in place. And then moved
the drive head mechanism back (pushed it towards the back of the unit).

I then plugged the power in, turned it on, and amazingly there was no more U61 error.

I test the unit this morning again and everything seems to work properly again!"

Aug 17, 2009 | Panasonic DMRES15 DVD Recorder

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My panasonic dvd recorder is showing error screen u61, but what ever i do it does not solve the problem, ''self check did not complete''

First is there a disk in the dvd drive? If so it must be removed. have you tried a factory reset? Press and hold the up and down channel buttons on the front of the unit until the unit displays BYE then after it shuts down unplug it from the AC outlet for about 30 seconds then try to turn it back on it should be back in the first time setup.

Jun 06, 2009 | Panasonic DMR-EZ47V DVD Recorder/VCR

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DMR-EZ25EB; Error code U61 cannot be recovered

take it to a tech to check about the system control chip... the contril chip would have gone bad... and they will replace u with a new chip..

thank u rate me!!

Feb 10, 2009 | Panasonic DMRES30V DVD Recorder/VCR Combo

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no comunication betwen control y dvd

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U61 error code

UMM the DVD top lid uses FOUR screws. The entire DVD drive is bolted to the chassis with 3 screws.

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Model No'DMR-ES15 - U61problem

I get this message occasionally on my Panasonic DMR-ES15. It's actually a really simple fix. It occurs when there is a corruption in the disc which causes the recording mechanism to malfunction. There is a separate error message for this, however it is usually not detected until it's too late. When the recorder asks you to carry out the recovery process, do it. When the disc ejects, make sure you take the disc out that was in there when it occured and throw it will keep happening because the disc is permanently corrupted. However, do not close the tray without a disc or the self-check will fail. Instead pop in a disc of the same format that the error occured in (if it was DVD+RW then put in a DVD+RW). It resolves the problem every time on the first try. (It only happened two times in a year and a half for me). As the manual says the unit is "NOT BROKEN".

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