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U11 Error and Clicking

My Panasonic DMR-E30 has been working great for years -- but all of a sudden, the following happens:

1. I insert a DVD
2. The display on the TV says that it is reading the DVD
3. It keep reading (while making a new "clicking" sound on and off for about 10 seconds)
4. The U11 error comes on the screen and it does not play the DVD at all.
5. This error is for any DVD I've put in (both pre-recorded -- new and used, and blank DVD-R)

I'm interested in taking it apart myself if someone can talk me through it to troubleshoot or fix the problem -- or I'll take it to a shop to be repaired if the work is out of my league.

Thanks in advance to anyone that might be able to give me any suggestions or help with it!  I really appreciate it!

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Re: U11 Error and Clicking

Hi i try to this,but nothing still the same!!!!

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