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Disc won't eject, stays in "RECOVER" mode

I recently inserted a finalized DVD-R disc into my Panasonic DMR-E80HP DVD recorder, but it got stuck on "read" and wouldn't eject. I tried shutting the power off and pressing the eject button, and while that usually works, this time it got stuck in "recover" mode. Is there a way I can eject this disc without taking the machine to a repair shop?

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  • Guillermo Gomez May 23, 2009

    Are you sure that the Panasonic DMR-E80H has this feature? I have two models and neither of them have the little hole you describe.



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I have a panasonic DMR E-60 and had the same problem. What I did was remove 2 side screws and 3 rear screws and lifted top cover off. Then if you are facing the front of the unit to the right of cd unit there is a little nipple that locks the mechanism. Push that in, which would be to the left if your facing the front of the unit. Then press the eject button. Mind you it must be plugged in to power. Be careful not to touch any of the green boards or metal. Hope I was clear. I sent it to panasonic but they wanted 40. just to look at it and up to 140.00 to fix it.

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  • nicolasofcus Sep 10, 2011

    djwil721's solution worked beautifully on my DMR-E80H, so commenter sawing14s maybe did not look hard enough for what djwil721 called a "nipple". It is a small black post that is recessed and located toward the front of the right side of the DVD drive. I had to use a flashlight to find it. I had to attempt the suggested technique several times, but it eventually worked. Thank you, djwil721!


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Look on the face of the machine, near the dvd slot. what you are looking for is a tiny hole, the size of a pencil lead. some players, not all, have this manual release. If you are fortunate enough to have one of these little holes straighten out a small paper clip and use it as a wire to insert in the hole and release your dvd.

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  • Joe Hogan May 23, 2009

    Thanks for getting back. As indicated, some but not all have this manual release feature.

    Here is what I found on this topic on page 56 of your owner manual, it may help.

    The unit is on but cannot be


    ≥Some operations may be prohibited by the disc.

    ≥Recording drive or playback drive have not been selected properly.

    ≥The unit is hot (“U14” appears on the display). Wait for “U14” to disappear.

    ≥One of the unit’s safety devices may have activated.

    Reset the unit as follows:

    1.Press [í, DVD POWER] to switch the unit to standby.

    If the unit doesn’t switch to standby, press and hold [í, DVD POWER] for about 10

    seconds. The unit is forcibly switched to standby.

    Alternatively, disconnect the AC power supply cord, wait one minute, then reconnect it.

    2.Press [í, DVD POWER] to turn the unit on.

    14, 18


    Cannot eject disc.
    ≥The unit may have a problem. With the power off, press and hold [∫] and [X, CH] at the same

    time on the main unit for about 5 seconds. Remove the disc and consult the dealer.

  • Joe Hogan May 23, 2009

    just in case you do not have an operators manual, here is a copy


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Djwil721 's solution worked for me. Thanks so much for your help.

Open it up and push that little button, flip open the door and pull out the disc. Turn off the unit and let it recycle. You might have to unplug it for a minute. When it read "NO DISC", you are golden.

Thanks again to djwil721 .

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