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DVD RAM DRIVE does not recognize any contents on recorder DVDs.

DVD-RAM drive in Panasonic SA-HT1500 stopped showing the contents of recorded DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs. I have a feeling that DVD RAM DRIVE is dead. I already checked Panasonic website for replacement parts, and they ask over $40 plus shipping for a new DVD RAM drive. It's really expensive for self-replacment part. Does anyone know about cheaper replacement part DVD RAM DRIVE? And if I get it, would be just "unplug and plug" replacement, or would I need some service manual, etc. to do it by myself. I have this unit for over 3 years, and after two replacement of burnt capacitors, it worked fine unitl tonight.

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First, one correction. Panasonic website for parts asks $437 plus tax and shipping for replacement part for PANSONIC SA-HT1500 dvd recorder.

My solution. I opened the box and unplug and plug back cable with black tape going to HDD, and tighten cable near DVD-RAM drive. I closed the unit, connected as before, and whooala, everything is back in normal. Apparently, so connections loose over time.
So, for now, my SA-HT1500 dvd recorder works OK, and I can see all contents on recorded DVDs and DVD-RAMs, and I am able to record from and to DVDs.

I also find out that in the worst scenario, there is flat fee charge for repair in autorized Panasonic repair center. The phone number is 847-468-5543, and it is in Elgin, Illinois. You have to leave message on their answering machine, and they will call you back. There is $130 flat fee for all parts, labor and shipping. Definitely worthy compare to ridiculous price for replacement part on Panasonic website.

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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