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Hallo can you help when i press a button on my dvd recorder it comes up (hold) on the front display. thank you.

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  • dan180283 Feb 14, 2008

    hallo none of the buttons work at all and you can not open or shut the drawer i used to be able to leave it on for an hour then it would work but not now just always says hold. thank you for trying to help

  • dan180283 Feb 14, 2008

    yes that would be very helpfull thankyou very much

  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach May 11, 2010

    Does it do this with every button?

    Can you open and close the drawer?

    Does it say Hold with a disc in the unit or when empty?

    If you can provide me with a little more information such as whether the recorder has been ok up until now and if you have tried a variety of discs etc, I will try to help.

    Thanks...

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Hello again Dan

I repair these, but I have not seen this particular fault before.

However, you mention that you used to be able to leave it for an hour and it would then work. This means the unit was having difficulty in initialising.

There is a very common fault with this model where a power board regulator overheats and fails. This causes the machine to go into a self checking cycle. It will say "Self Check" on the display and if you leave it, the machine will often eventually work.

The regulator fails from about two years onwards, with various symptoms gradually getting worse until the unit packs up completely.

I can send you the full repair details if you want them, but you would have to be able to use a soldering iron and be confident in your own ability to disassemble and tackle a job like this. Or you may know someone who could repair it, if given the full details.

It should be an easy fix, so it would be a pity to write it off for such a fault.

Best wishes...

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach Feb 14, 2008

    Hi Dan

    As requested, repair details for the DMR E55 Self Checking cycle..
    In 99% of cases this is caused by a faulty regulator on the main power board. The power board is located on the right hand side of the unit. The regulator is IC001 which is mounted on a thin metal strip which acts as a totally inadequate heatsink. This means that this component constantly works at temperatures beyond its tolerance. Because of this it, usually lasts a couple of years and then starts causing problems. The Self Checking syndrome is typical. If the regulator burns out completely, it can take other components with it, blow fuses and scorch the circuit board.


    If you are competent in using a soldering iron with care, order an STRG 6353 regulator. These can be obtained online from a number of suppliers. Disconnect your DMR E55 from the power source and remove the lid.


    Next, remove the fixing screws from the circuit board on the right where the regulator is located. Carefully remove the multi connector on the left side of the board. Remove the screw above the power connector on the rear of the unit. The power board can now be removed from the cabinet.



    Using a small pair of wire cutters, clip all five pins from the old regulator as close the the top of the board as possible. Undo the screw securing it to the heatsink and remove the old regulator which can now be thrown away.


    Next, using your soldering iron, remove what's left of the pins from the printed board and with a solder sucker or desoldering braid, clear the holes ready to accept your new regulator. Be careful because if you overheat the print, it can lift away from the board.


    Use a little heatsink compound on the back of your new regulator, poke the pins through the circuit board and then secure it to the heatsink. I usually fit an extra heatsink on these units which helps to reduce heat and prolong the life of the new component.


    Next, resolder the 5 pins on the print side of the board. Use a magnifying glass and make sure you haven't missed anything or bridged connections in error and caused short circuits.


    The board can now be put back. This can be a little tricky but it's easy enough if you take care. Replace all the screws and carefully reconnect the multi connector.


    If you have followed this correctly, switch the unit back on, pop in a DVD and give it a try. Unless you are very unlucky, You DMR E55 will no longer repeatedly self check and will operate correctly.



    Whilst it saddens me to hear that some people would throw out a DMR E55 for such an easily repairable problem, please do not attempt this unless you are confident in your own ability.


    Finally, do check that the fan operates but remember it is temperature controlled and will not activate until it is needed. Do not assume it is faulty because you do not see it working straight away. I have repaired lots of DMR E55s and I have never found a single fan or fan control circuit to be faulty. That's not to say it can't fail.

    Kind regards

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