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Only half the DVD plays back!

Yesterday I had problems finalising the DVD which eventually i did - then the girls upset because the DVD only recorder about half of the film. Tried recording it cagain this morning and the same thing happend... what am I doing wrong. The recording was for 108 mins. The DVD was a 2 hours disc. Copying from sky planner.

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Usually, the U11 error code in a Panasonic DVD player indicates an optical problem. You could of course try doing a cleaning using a CD cleaner normally readily from computer parts stores. Alternately, you can open the unit up and do a manual cleaning with soft bristle brush and/or cotton buds. Other than that, it could be indicative of a weakening laser eye which of course would require parts replacement.

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Posted on May 24, 2008

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You can try a dvd+r disc. Borrow one before buying a stack of them.

The other thing is that you may not have enough free space left to burn the finalization track; 7 1/2 hours is a lot of recordings.

Give the +R disc a try even though it says it can't use them in your documentation, a lot of users report it works anyway.

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Posted on Jun 22, 2008

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I have the same unit with the same exact problem. I ended up taking it in for repair and it's now working perfectly. I paid $100 for the repair. I dropped the unit off and picked it up myself. I think $30 additional is charged for shipping and handling in US.
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Posted on Jun 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Panasonic DMR-ES10 DVD Recorder- does not read discs

this unit has an optical-eye, not recording heads. opening the drawer then unplugging unit will expose the eye. never look into the eye when unit has power. this x-ray can and will burn your owh eyes lens&retina. good luck. clean with 90% isopropyl alcohol and q-tip. mch

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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Chris you were right on with the cleaning I paid $50.00 for the lens cleaning from a certified Panasonic technician and now works like brand new I have invested a total of $200 for the power supply and lens/laser cleaning but I got the unit as a gift, minor probs with unit but great dvd recorder thanks!!!

Posted on Mar 29, 2010

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It sounds like this unit is having laser issues, or is stuck in some reading loop. The first thing to try, if you haven't already, is to turn off the device, then physically unplug it from the power source for at least 5 minutes. Then go ahead and plug it back in and power it on. Does it still have the issue? If so it could be an actual hardware malfunction, but we can do a few more things to confirm that.

Please reply here and let me know, I will be right back with you and we will keep going.

Thanks so much,

Posted on Nov 01, 2010

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