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U61 self check failed

I have the same problem I have tried the channel up/stop solution but does not work. Mine keeps saying self check failed...I am beside myself as to what to do

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SOURCE: Panasonic DMR-ES15 DVD recorder startup failure

The unit failed during self check, probably the power regulation board. A check by a qualified TV/VCR repair person is in order.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

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Self-check function is normally carried out from the power supply across the motherboard, and so on, to determine the overall 'condition' of all the relative circuitry in the unit (much like a PC does when booting up and loading the system). However, when it is interrupted by an error, such as U61, you can bet a connected device to the motherboard is the prime suspect. In this model, it would be somewhere in the DVD drive area (or the drive itself). If this drive is making clunking grinding noises just before the error code appears, then the drive is defective, and should be replaced, not repaired.

In some cases, it can also be the digital controller sub-panel (located on a platform under the DVD drive in this model and other models in this series; this little board contains the CPU and RAM chips, plus other parts, including many which are surface-mounted on the copper side - the DVD drive is connected to it via ribbon cables - then this board is connected via a couple more connectors/plugs to the motherboard, hence the terms 'sub-panel' or 'control module'). Either way, unless you are aware of the likely cost(s) involved (being a new DVD-RAM drive if required as well as a replacement digital controller PCB (as mentioned above)), it could prove expensive and/or uneconomical to repair.

I would not discount the power supply in this situation either; eliminate all likely possible avenues of issue to be sure, starting with electrolytic capacitors, and going from there.

I happen to possess 2 of these combo units, and neither performs a self-check on startup, although I have had the 'NoREAD' error once or twice.

Nevertheless, if you have any doubts you can always take your combo to an authorised Panasonic service centre, hopefully they can assess the problems, provide you a reasonable (if not free) quote on the likely 'fix-up' costs involved, which you can then make a decision afterwards as to whether or not it is worth restoring to former glory. Up to you.

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My ex77eb recorder keeps coming up u61 on the display and then tells you self check did not complete, it tells you to press ok, it then says the unit will open ang go onto stanby, it doesnt do this it...

Do you have young kids. I have had the same problem, tried everything. Left it unplugged overnight - no difference. Tried forcing it to reset - no difference.
Unit is still under warranty but I have caught my kids putting discs in it before so I completely unplugged it the flipped it upside down a few times and could hear something rattle inside, then all of a sudden an earing fell out of the dvd drawer. Plugged back in, let it go through recovery and hey presto back to normal.
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Sounds like ya got big problems as it's the mother board in the tv that has carked itself, gunna cost more fer a new board than for a new tv. Best git down to the store and git yerself a new one for xmas.

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I've solved my problem - thanks to a suggestion on another site. Apparently the machine is sensitive to the type of disc when it has a problem - I inserted an identical make and type of disc (RW in my case) and it then completed its 'restore to normal operation' and the error msg went away.

Also suggested but didn't work in my case was opening the flap on the front, and with the machine OFF, press and hold STOP and Channel UP.

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Dear stds ~ My DVD Recorder Keeps Opening & Closeing The Tray A Gives An Error Message Saying ~ Repair Has Failed ~
DVD Recorder ~ DMR ES46V Panasonic ~
Error Message ~ U61 !
If Possible To Resolve ~
Please Do !
Before I Buy A New One !
Please Respond ASAP To ~
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