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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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  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2007

    I have the same problem. Tech support said I'd have to take it in for repairs (and that I'd have to prove it's under warranty, because registering with them doesn't actually do anything).

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2008

    I also just started to get the U61 followed by a failed self check. All you can do is power it off and on and it repeats the issue. Of course mine is now 13 months old. I did just open a new stack of DVD-R and put the first one in it before it happened. On another site a guy took it apart and cleaned it thinking something holding onto the disk was slipping. I may gibe that a try.

  • ecnef Jan 10, 2008

    My machine started doing the same thing.
    Ive had it for about 2 years. It started with the U61 error after
    using trying to finalize on Sony DVD +R disks. The first time I had
    used these disks.

  • myprob2 Apr 02, 2008

    Yesterday while recording a show, the U61 message showed up. Has anyone got an answer from someone that fixed this problem? Of course our warranty ran out in February of this year.

  • Lisa mazon Apr 21, 2008

    Have exactly the same problem. U61 error and when I follow the on screen instructions it does not correct anything except puts me into the loop of repeating the same steps as already described in here. Took us an hour to figure out how to get the disc out since it didn't eject on it's own by pressing the stop button and ch up button at the same time for 5 to 7 seconds. But now the tray sticks is out in the "unit off" position.

    It's interesting that the manual troubleshooting guide says "wait for the message to disappear ...the unit is not broke"...yeah right.....why does it need repair then?

    My unit is only 6 months old and the night before my DMR-ES15 gave out also after only one year. This one won't recognize any discs.

  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    I am having exactly the same problem as others have described. Is there any way of resetting to default factory settings?

  • vagle013 Jul 02, 2008

    I am getting a u61 message on my display

  • Devlinski Jul 07, 2008

    You say something about three screws, but where are they, how do I get at them, do I remove the top or what?

  • privatepilot Sep 12, 2008

    U61 code i have the same continuous repeating problem also as described above and it's driving me crazy.

  • schuko Feb 04, 2009

    I have the same problem. My recorder has gone into a loop of failed self-check and I can't use it. Just prior to this, the Flexible Recording stopped working, and then it stopped reading DVD-RW discs.



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