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DMR-E85h - Please wait error - capacitor replacment

I have the "please wait" error on my DMR-E85H. I replaced capicators c1270 & c1271. Upon turning the unit on the c1271 cap blew up.Any Idea as to what I might have done wrong or what the problem might be?Paul

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  • paul913 Jun 23, 2009

    I have the "please wait" error on my panasinic DMR-E85H dvd player. I replaced capicators c1270 & c1271. Upon turning the unit on the c1271 cap blew up. Any Idea as to what I might have done wrong or what the problem might be? Is it possible that I got one of the leads too hot when soldering? Should I try replacing the one again?

  • paul913 Jun 27, 2009

    It was a polarity issue. I had one in backwards. I was not aware that they were + & - and was not able to see the writing on the circuit board until I got a magnifing glass.
    Paul L.



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Capacitor blow up if its polarity in circuit is incorrect or its working voltage is lower then volts in circuit.
Polarity= capacitor has 2 pins and usually one is marked with Negative mark ( - )
Working volts= each capacitor has 2 details, one is its capacity and other is operating volts range. for example 100MF/UF 25Volt...100MF is its capacity and 25V is its working volts limit and must not be used in circuit having above volts.
In your case 2 possibilities, either capacitor was put in opposite polarity in circuit or its working volts are less then old capacitor.

Please wait error comes in DVD players when sled motor of optical lens does not work, please slide optical lens 2-3 times by holding its sides with fingers. Do not forget to unplug unit before doing so.

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