Question about Panasonic DMR-ES40V DVD-Video Recorder
SOURCE: DMR-ES40V Error Code F03
If I may add to JoshOHoward's posting and with his indulgence.
The F03 (Fault 03) error indicates possible problem with your DVD's mechanism, specifically the either the spindle or the transverse servo drive. This is the motor and drive mechanism responsible for moving the carriage that contains the optical reader/laser eye forward and backwards.
What perhaps you can try:
1. do a soft reset. With no disc, press and hold the power button for more than 10 seconds. Alternately, you can unplug the unit for an hour or so.
2. Do a force initialize. With no disc inside, eject the tray, close the tray simultaneously pushing on the back skip, pause and play buttons
3. Do a full hard reset. With the unit powered off, press and hold the Stop and Channel Up buttons while powering on the main unit at the same time for about 5 seconds.
If the above does not prove to be corrective of your concern, pls post back since further diagnosis/repairs require opening the unit.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back as requested, how things turned up or should you need additional information.
Good luck and kind regards.
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Posted on Feb 13, 2008
Same problem. Contacted Panasonic. Technician indicated that there is a problem between the CPU and the timer. The unit is three years old and out of warranty, so he offered Panasonic's service at $120 for labor plus any parts.
So I gave it one more try. I pressed and held the REC on the Power button for about 10 seconds, which reset the unit. Then I was able to play a DVD and eject it.
Hope this helps with your unit.
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
Unplug the unit.
Plug back in and wait till you see 000000.
Press and hold the power button in at least ten seconds or until the clock shows up.
This worked to fix mine.
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
Unplug the unit for 24-hours. I know, it should not take that long, but in this case I tried shorter periods WITHOUT success!
Just before plugging in unit depress and hold POWER button. You are supposed to hold it for 30-seconds after plugging in, but in my case I did it for 60-seconds. This results in a MASTER RESET that clears all errors, resets interlocks, etc. I could not get past a DVD failure problem, but when I discovered this process everything worked fine!!
Good luck! Hope it works for you too.
Posted on Jul 21, 2010
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