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U61 MESSAGE APPEARS U61 message appears and then I get a message saying Self-check failed.. Unable to use one way or the other.

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  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    The power cord seems to be in good condition. How do I reset manually - it is a Panasonic DMR-ES36V ?



    Also, the drive unit - after removing the cover is secured by 4 small screws - are you suggesting that I remove these and move the unit back ?

  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    I removed the screws and did as you suggested. The drive head when I put the power back on simply moved forward got stuck - moving back and forth slightly and the error message continued.

  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    I repeated the procedure - still getting the error. However an additional problem emerged - the disc ejection system seems to have been placed off track and I am having some difficulty reinstalling it.

  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    U61 MESSAGE APPEARS
    U61 message appears and then I get a message saying Self-check failed.. Unable to use one way or the other.The power cord seems to be in good condition. It is a Panasonic DMR-ES36V ?

    Also, the drive unit - after removing the cover is secured by 4 small screws - are you suggesting that I remove these and move the unit back ?

    This was done but no luck all that happened was that the drive ejection mechanism became derailled and I am now unable to eject discs.

  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    Did open things up and move the drive head back. In the process the ejection mechanism seems to have been derailed creating another headache - so I am not sure of my ability to try your solution with another disc. However, the error message appeared to still be there.

  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    The model is a Panasonic DMR-ES36V.

    I have opened it up and moved the drive mechanism to the rear. Still had the same U61 error.

    Tried it again and in the process the drive ejection mechanism was derailed. Any ideas on how to properly re-insert this and then any ideas on how to resolve my core problem ?

  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    Yes I cleaned it. I will say that some my concern is the derailing of the ejection mechanism so that I can't say insert a DVD+RW or whatever but as I said, the error U61 still seemed there but now with additional headache of not being able to eject or insert discs ! Thanks for the help - I am nothing if not patient.

  • sbmvv_2000 May 17, 2009

    Thanks - any advice on how to reinsert the disc ejection holder ? Then I can try your solutions again

  • sbmvv_2000 May 18, 2009

    Ok, I have just fixed the tray. I moved the head to the back and tried it again. No luck.

  • sbmvv_2000 May 18, 2009

    As an addition, each time I open the machine, the drive head has moved forward. Each time I move it back, close it and try it, it simply moves forward.

  • sbmvv_2000 May 18, 2009

    In the event this system is not economically repairable, is the DMR-EZ48VK any good or is there a good DVD Recorder/VHS with tuner combination out there, readily available and reliable ?

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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 DVD drive 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!

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    Rohit Asthana May 17, 2009

    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 away...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".

  • Rohit  Asthana
    Rohit Asthana May 17, 2009

    I have seen several postings regarding errors for the DMR ES15
    recorder. I have resolved errors on my 15 month old device by cleaning
    the black spool that retains and spins the disc. Using denatured
    alcohol on a lint free cloth, I carefully cleaned the hub but did not
    saturate the material. This immediately cleared the no read and unable
    to record errors. Of course, I had to remove the outside covers to
    access the inter-workings of the read-writer.

  • Rohit  Asthana
    Rohit Asthana May 17, 2009

    are you doing my 3rd solution.....its work..if still not work then i think some thing wrong with your dvd...let me track your problem...give me liitle bit time and try 3rd solution..

    thanks


  • Rohit  Asthana
    Rohit Asthana May 17, 2009

    Ultimately, the solution was to carefully slide the laser head to the back of the drive. The laser was originally forward (toward the tray door). Once I slid the laser all the way back, I put everything back together and everything worked properly again

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"U61" error message (there was a pwr failure or the AC cord is disconnected while powered on). Make sure all power connections are secure and your cord is in good condition. You might have to reset, maybe in manual

or try this

take out the 4 screws holding the DVD drive top in place. And then move
the drive head mechanism back (pushed it towards the back of the unit).

then plugg the power in, turne it on,


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"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).

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