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Panasonic DMR-E500 Cannot access the following 'Functions' 'Direct Navigator' 'Prog/Check' Recently it has taken longer & longer to go into any of these modes and now nothing. I get a message that looks like 'NAVIL' or maybe 'WAIT' not able to read properly. The recorder is connected to a Panasonic TV TH42PZ81B Other than the recent slow connection I have had no previous problem.

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  • Gills Belle Jun 22, 2009

    Thanks, that seems very clear, I feel I could do it myself, but I am in the UK and I have posted on the net a search for 'Capacitors' but none of them seem to look anything like the ones you show, any ideas for a new search?
    Thxs Gill

  • Gills Belle Jun 22, 2009

    I haven't tried it yet but it sounds good.



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It will be an internal portal problem

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This is due to DAMAGED CAPACITORS ( Blown Capacitors ).You need to solder the 2 capacitors. Once done, it would fix the issue.

The 2 capacitors more likely would be C1270 AND C1271.Two capacitors from radio shack and a $6 soldering kit made it better than new. Two capacitors from radio shack and a $6 soldering kit made it better than new.

If you send it for repair, the tech would cost you around 75 bucks.

Note :- check capacitors in power supply section.

The exploded view and the procedure would be :-

Start by removing the top cover of the unit.
Working from the back of the unit you'll see the hard drive on the left.
Panasonic DMR-E500

Cannot access the following
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Remove the two screws indicated by the red circles in the picture above. Then slide the cover plate forward and remove.

Two cables are connected to the hard drive. Left side is power and the black ribbon is the data connector. Both come off pretty easily. After removing cables lift oPanasonic DMR-E500 Cannot access the following - 6befd35.jpgve. Here's what you get.


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    taran_2005 Jun 22, 2009

    Remove the four screws indicated by the red circles in the picture
    above. Note the one at the top. (I missed this one for a few moments
    while putting it back together.) Remove drive mount.

    Viola! You now see the burned out capacitors. Also circled are the four
    screw holes you just removed screws from and a cable that must be
    disconnected. (see next pic)

    Gently pry up on the black plastic part of the cable mounted on the
    power board. You can see in this picture how I've just started to get
    it off a bit. You may have to pull on the latch in the center of the
    mounting. I did but I don't know if it was necessary.

    On the back of the unit remove one screw just above the power plug.
    Then rock and twist and hold your tongue just right to get the power
    supply board out.

    You'll see the capacitor numbers labeled on the circuit board on the front and...

    on the back. Use a soldering gun to melt the solder on these four spots
    rocking the capacitors out of the holes as you do so. Just don't get
    solder over to any adjacent circuits.

    You end up with nicely marked pos/neg info on the board.

    Get your new capacitors from Radio Shack or other electronics store.

    The ones suggested by DC are more heavy duty so they are bigger. I
    chose to lay them on their side so as to not raise the height of the
    board components. There is plenty of room to do so making my decision
    to do so a no brainer.

    I leave the leads on the capacitors long until the capacitors are positioned and soldered in good shape.

    Then clip the extra lead down to the solder with a wire cutter.

    Thats it. reverse the directions to re-assemble the unit.

    Hope the pictures helped. They always seem to help me prepare for such an adventure.

    Thanks for using 'Fixya".



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