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DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

Hello, my DMR-E55 DVD Recorder is approx 4 years old and recently the digital display does not show and it will not record on any disc when i try to record it says 'read only' or 'error', please can you help?

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Miss Liz Thomas

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Re: DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

Hi Liz
The majority of problems with this particular model are associated with the power board. The drive unit is unlikely to be faulty. Do not risk further damage by immediately trying lense cleaning as suggested by some. The lense will very rarely require cleaning.
The power board can be repaired if you have some technical ability. I have posted full instructions on Fixya on how to do this but you would need to be able to use a soldering iron. These are good units that can usually be restored, so it would be a pity to throw it out for such a fault,

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