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Philips HDRW720/17 won't turn on

After hitting the power button the machine will appear to be powering on because the word "Philips" is displayed, but after about twenty seconds or so a red light around the disk tray flashes as does a red light around the dvd control buttons.
I can't even get the dish drive to open during start up.
Also the machine seems to be in demo mode because it's displaying messages about its specs that I would assume would be only used if the thing was sitting on a store shelf.

Anybody got any ideas? Thanks

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Re: Philips HDRW720/17 won't turn on

Im in hongkong and i have the same trouble, but if a new basic dvd player costs only HK$299, i dont know if it is worth the trouble to go through all your steps to fix it? and even if the chip/capcitor is replaced, who knows when it will break again given such manufacturer design?

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Hello, you should replace the TWO 22uF 400v. capacitors in the input stage of the HD PSU. they are most likely compleatly "caput" The PSU is located under the Harddisk.
Br. Jakob

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Re: Philips HDRW720/17 won't turn on

I have a DVDR725H, which is the same as a HDRW720 but has a 160GB hard disk.

This error code (FAIL 0900 05) is displayed when the DVD drive has been completely removed/disconnected or is not responding.

Note that the DVD drive (VAD8041) is apparently known to have its DVD motor driver chip (SA56202TW) getting destroyed due to overheating. There is a repair kit available (about 10-15 EUR) that comes with a zener diode and two capacitors (order number 996500029182).

Note that it might be easier to get some used philips DVD+HD product that has the same DVD drive, e.g. the DVDR610 or DVDR615 and use that as a replacement.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008

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Re: Philips HDRW720/17 won't turn on

For all you guys that own these frustrating DVD writers I have good news. I too had the same problem with the writer dying and was able to fix it. I can't be sure if your writers have the same exact problem as mine but I would agree with Stewo69 that it is your burner drive that's the problem. I have the HDRW 720/17 with the IDE writer. I was a pain in the *** to use, buggy, the timer hardly worked, and took forever to figure it out. But, it did produce really nice DVDs. And, I got about 600 disks out of it. So, I thought it was worth fixing.

What I did was buy a used DVD+R writer drive pulled the old one and popped the new one in. I did have the try different configurations with the drive jumper. I found it worked on the slave setting. I first bought the HP dvd200i and it worked. But, it has trouble playing some newer disks. I just ordered the dvd300i. We’ll see it that works better…and I bet it will. The key is that you have to have a DVD+R. Also, you may have to trim the front plastic panel on the unit (where the tray slides through) to get the tray to slide through. A Philips writer may work too (and possibly a LiteOn). I think Philips makes them all. I’m just leery of buying anything Philips again. Other DVD+R’s may work too but I can’t be sure of that.

If this sounds like a pain…it is a bit but I like conquering **** like this. I beat that crappy frustrating machine that makes great DVDs. If you don’t want to do it I may be interested in helping a few of you out, as I know how to do it now. Email me if you want to talk about it. You’d have to ship me your machine, a working replacement DVD+R writer, shipping back money and maybe little something for my time. My email is:


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