Question about RCA DRC8300N DVD Recorder/VCR
Anyone know where I may find schematic/parts for this unit? It is out of warranty and it appears that the power supply is bad. Thanx.
For units with no functions, appears dead, power supply gets a leaky capacitor in power supply. Designator #C232 on pc board. It is a 1000uF 16volt capacitor that needs to be replaced.
Posted on Sep 11, 2008
The original post in '07 was bang on! It IS the capacitor, C232 on the power supply where the power cable enters the case! Replace with 35 volt 1000uf (was a 15 volt) I'm not a soldering whiz and I fixed in 10 minutes!
I got the caps on Ebay for $5, 10 to a bag.
Thanks to the original poster !
Posted on Dec 04, 2009
Looks like this forum has been here for a long time. I too have the RCA DRC8320N. Some time back it just stopped working. Don't know why, but I kept it. I found this forum, said what the heck and went out and bought a solder iron. I actually swiped a 1000uf 16v capacitor off an old PC power supply and replaced C232 in the RCA with it. TADA!!! it worked and we can use the system once again. Thank you guys for these suggestions.
Posted on Dec 12, 2009
Same here. We got a "Warning. Interface Error! Turn off power." message on the TV. Power off the unit, and plug it back in, and we get the same message.
Called RCA for a service center, and they told me that the common fix for this was to replace the S-Video cable. Asinine! The unit has power as I can hear the VCR whirring inside when I turn it on; however, there is no LED display whatsoever. How would the S-Video cable affect this? It wouldn't. They would not continue to support me unless I tried that "fix". Of course, replacing the cable had no effect. I am now going to call and be on hold for 30 minutes for another insane suggestion.
Good luck to all.
Posted on Dec 28, 2007
RCA DRC8300N DVD Recorder / VCR Combo
IS DEAD ONLY USED IT 2 TIMES, NOW IT WILL DO NOTHING
Posted on Feb 06, 2008
RCA DRC8320N......Was dead...
Found this site. Replaced C232 and
C208 on power supply board with
1000uf 35vdc caps from Radio Shack...
Works like a champ.......THANK YOU...
Look closely at the origional caps for
discoloration....they are underrated......
note correct polorization........
Posted on Oct 23, 2010
A friend of mine asked me to look at his DRC8320N. i found this page, noticed the comment about C232, so i replaced it. it worked!
Posted on Oct 20, 2008
1. Read this post
2. Purchased 2 1000uf 35v capacitors ($4 total), 40W soldering iron ($12.95) and solder ($2) for total of $21.36 (including tax)
3. Removed 6 phillips screws from outer case, removed 5 phillips screws from power supply board and disconnected wires to remove the power supply board
4. Replaced both C232 and C208 capacitors
5. Attached wires, screwed in the 5 phillips screws on power supply board and screwed in 6 phillips screws for outer case
6. Plugged in the unit\
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES (not including purchasing the supplies)
Posted on Feb 13, 2013
I have a rcadrc8320n recorder bought in 2006 from walmart.it went dead in january 2012.no power no lights.checked capacitors and fuse.c232 capacitor was bulging at top.i replaced c232 and c208 anf fuse,so i wouldnot have to replace later.c232 and c208 were 1000uf 16 volts.i upgraded c232 and c208capacitors to 1000uf 35 volts.put them in same way thet come out and solder.these items can be purchased at radio shack.fuse 2amp 250v (slow blow) radio shack#2701064 a 4pk.is $2.99.c232 and c208 capacitor are the same,radio shack#272-1032 are $1.79.thank you for your site.works fine.
Posted on Feb 22, 2012
C232 1.95 @ radioshack, took me longer t get the cover back on the repalce the cap
Posted on Feb 05, 2010
Thanks for suggestion! I replaced the original # C232 capacitor (1000µF 16 volt) with 1000µF 35 volt one and that solved the "Warning: Interface error" problem. The unit is in operating conditions. It seems that is just a vendor's catch known to repairmen. The lowest price for a fix (I found in the nearby market) was 40 bucks cash (that includes labor and materials). Cheers,
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
Mine just died yesterday. I have had it for over 2.5 years, and aside from occasional problems with the VCR tracking; I have not had any real problems with the unit. I pulled off the cover today, and found that the fuse is blown. I plan to go get another one tomorrow; and see if that gets it back up and running. All the cpas and transistors appear to be fine.
Posted on Apr 22, 2009
My machine is still under warranty (thank goodness) but I too waited on hold forever. They said wait 2-4 hours for an email explaining how to return unit. I waited 3 days and had to call back and was told my service request # I had was not valid and had to go through the whole situation again! This unit is obviously a problem - why isn't there a recall????
Posted on Dec 28, 2007
Burn the damn thing!!!
Posted on Aug 13, 2008
I have one to that wont power on and we have tried to call RCA more than once. They told us that the company has been sold and they will no longer stand by the warrantee in the owners manual. I also have a 2 year extended warrantee through walmart and they wont do anything untill the manufacturer's warrantee is over, 4 more months.
I want to start a class action lawsuit anyone interested?
Posted on Jan 21, 2008
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