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Won't Turn on anymore.

Had it for just over 1 year, loved it, loved it, loved it! Moved, it got moody and wouldn't always respond to the buttons on the front of the player or the remote control. Now it won't even turn on. If it is plugged in, there is a constant, high-pitched noise being emitted, and the clock is not lit up. If you repeatedly press and hold the power button, you may get a dim view if the display for a second, then it's gone again. Drawer won't open, but I guess that's because the unit won't power on. Help! I miss it!

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  • mpierc77 Jan 14, 2008

    I stored my Cyberhome 1600 DVD recorder for 6 months. Now it won't turn
    on. When I plug it in, the clock turns on. When I push ANY button,
    the clock goes off and comes back on in 2 seconds. I can't even open
    the tray. It is also emitting
    a super high-pitched squeal while plugged in. While I was storing it,
    it was sitting on top of a VCR and got a little dusty. Could that have
    anything to do with my problem?

  • rroger933 Sep 05, 2008

    Same Problem... great DVR recorder. I will just trash it then.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2009

    Won't Turn on anymore." Was able to record 2 times, now will not come on, humming noise, no light, nothing.



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The 'high pitched squeal' does not come from a capacitor but from one of the coils/transformers in the power supply being fed a wrong frequency input signal. It might be a shorted capacitor that's the cullprit but more likely something else is wrong. Do not keep on pressing the power button hoping it might one day come to life this will in the end create more problems.

xMadx, Please read up on electronics a bit more before you post. :)

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The high pitched squeal you refer to comes from a faulty component called a capacitor ... these store power in a circuit to compensate for AC or alternating current, thus allowing an appliance to operate continuously.

The component itself is relatively inexpensive, and would take around 20-40 minutes to isolate and replace, hence it would be relatively cheap to fix.

Having a repairman take a look and explaining the noise as above, would help narrow down the complaint.

The display is faint because of the lack of constant power getting to the display.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008

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    Ian Hart Jan 19, 2008

    A squeal followed by an audible pop or snap, followed by what happened to the crackle ... is often referred to as "pants down" as in the capacitor's life expectancy has expired.

    Therefore, although as you point out it could be coming from elsewhere, it was merely to highlight the fact that some repair work would be required ... :)

    But you may also be more correct in stating that said noise did in fact come from another component. Contrary to what you might be thinking about my electronics experience, i do have relevant experience in what we now call "old technology" and no longer work in this field.



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