Same errors as reported by other users, but confused at the adevice to open it up and push the drive back. I have removed the cover of the box but there is no scope to push the drive back. Do I need to open the drive itself?
Yes, there are four screws holding the drive top in place. When you remove these and the top you will see the drive head which can be pushed towards the back of the unit. I tried this but it still didn't resolve the U61 problem, I'm amazed that a company like Panasonic allows such a glitch to occur to so many customers.
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Only if it's worth it to you, if the unit was fairly cheap, no I would not recommend it, a new unit would give a brand new warranty making it more pleasing, since you had it fixed before it is time to replace.
You have the same issue as the one who is posted here at Fixya. But this requires you to open the DVD cover. If the unit is still under warranty, its best to bring it to the authorized service center. If not, you can try and test this if it'll work. http://www.fixya.com/support/t221217-u61_error_code
"I have the same problem (same error # same model of DVR).
I noticed it happened after I left a DVD in play mode and paused for a long time.
I saw a message on the Internet that error U61 can mean that the lens is unable to move (return to its normal position).
Internet message said that person unpluged everything, then opened the
cover to the DMR-ES15 (3 screws) and gently pushed the DVD head back
towards the rear of the DMR-ES15.
I assume that would void his
warranty, but I am considering trying it since the time to have it
repaired versus the replacement cost makes the possibility of a
Here is part of that actual Internet message. I hope it helps you:
Yesterday, my DMR-ES15 started to malfunction, giving me the error U61.
No matter how many times I tried to press Enter, and Power On, the machine kept
re-booting with the error U61. I noticed that the drive was making some
noises as if the Read head was not able to park properly. So I decided to open up the unit and find out why.
I took out the 3 screws holding the top in place. And then moved the drive head mechanism back (pushed it towards the back of the unit).
I then plugged the power in, turned it on, and amazingly there was no more U61 error.
I test the unit this morning again and everything seems to work properly again!"
I get this message occasionally on my Panasonic DMR-ES15. It's actually a really simple fix. It occurs when there is a corruption in the disc which causes the recording mechanism to malfunction. There is a separate error message for this, however it is usually not detected until it's too late. When the recorder asks you to carry out the recovery process, do it. When the disc ejects, make sure you take the disc out that was in there when it occured and throw it away...it will keep happening because the disc is permanently corrupted. However, do not close the tray without a disc or the self-check will fail. Instead pop in a disc of the same format that the error occured in (if it was DVD+RW then put in a DVD+RW). It resolves the problem every time on the first try. (It only happened two times in a year and a half for me). As the manual says the unit is "NOT BROKEN".