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DMR-E85H Problem I went to watch some recordings the other day to find out the digital display panel was blank. I thought maybe the unit came unplugged. I looked it all over and it had not. I pulled the powercord off of the unit and out of the wall recepticle, and then plugged it back into both. The display came on and read "Please wait". After leaving it like this the rest of the evening and the entire next day and evening, I look at it today and it still read "Please wait". I tried turning on the power, and nothing. I tried to open the disc door, and nothing. What could this be?

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    power supply failure

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A BIG thank you for this fix idea. My 3+ year old DMR E85H was acting a bit wacky...with lots of please waits, then self checks....then wouldn't shut off at all. It finally died completely.

Opened it up after it died and found those same capacitors bulging and/or leaking. Up until now, it had always performed nearly flawlessly.

Replaced the capacitors and I am happy to report the unit works again. Overall difficulty on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest? I'd give it a 2.5 at the highest. The hardest part was sourcing the capacitors. I couldn't get anything locally. Had a buddy in Chicago get them for me and he got the last one at that place.

Posted on May 04, 2008

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    Oh, yea, forgot to mention I found this site that really shows what's involved and gives some great tips: http://vassfamily.net/projects/DMRE85H/d...

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To those of you that posted your solution to this problem, I say thanks!

I have some electronics skills and as soon as I pulled the cover off I saw the capacitors blown out, but seeing the comments made me a little more confident that I could repair the problem. I installed two 100mfd / 25V caps and it powered.

Thanks to the one who posted the pics, confirmed my thoughts.

FYI the only mode I made to the process is I also added heat shrink tubing to the leads on the caps as extra insulation.

Thanks again guys.... the I-net is the best solution ever made.

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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So far so good. Thanks for all your help! I replaced 4 of the 680mfd caps (2) 10v (2) 16v with (4) 1000mfd 16v caps. All is up and passed self test. Have not hooked up for final testing yet. Fan did not come on right away but 5 minutes later was running. Keep in touch let me know if if gets past the 90 day parts and labor warranty...

$10.90 total cost for 4 caps and Solder.

Kevin

Just took a 3 year old Samsung lcd monitor in to a TV shop, $175 for same type of problem no power up. Should have looked under the hood first.

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Thanks to this forum my $600.00 DVR is working again
I have never tryed anything like this before but it was easy
8 to 10 screws to get the cover off and the harddrive out
then I took the whole thing to a place here in calgary alberta called active eletronics
they sold me the capacitors, a pack of 5 for $5.00
then I took it to a small eletronic repair shop and they put them in for me wile I waited "about 5 min."
charged me $20.00
If it had not been for all the info I found here I would have chucked the DVR
Thank you Thank you
Don

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I fixed my DVD Recorder, it turned out to be a power supply issue. There were two capacitors that failed in the power supply (the power supply is located under the hard drive holding bracket). I easily observed the failed capacitors because they appeared slightly bloated, with a slight leakage of substance on the top. By replacing them with spares de-soldered from a functioning but useless electronic device, I was able to completely restore my unit. So, with a basic knowledge of DC Circuits and fair soldering skills, I have resurrected my recorder. I have read similar issues, and it seems to be a design flaw. The "Please Wait" message is caused by the hard drive not spinning up. Most people would naturally assume this is a bad hard drive, but even bad hard drives spin up (they just make lots of bad noises if they are failing). The issue was that the power supply was not delivering the proper power to the hard drive. Don't replace your hard drive, you will lose your recordings. Test the power first. If you are not comfortable or electronic circuit savoy, then you can get your unit fixed for a flat rate of $130 by Panasonic. There is a special number to call: 1-888-439-2676 Panasonic Service Center 1590 Touhly Ave Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Another post had this number, 1-847-468-5543, but when I called them, they gave me the above information. Good luck. Considering the unavailability of any other units like this on the market, and the high price of buying one used, I think that $130 flat rate is fair (not great) deal. I also replied this same answer to another similar post: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=204006

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