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Re: panasonic dvd recorder
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.
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This problem maybe is caused by a software bug and can only occur if the Line-in NR is turned on in DISPLAY > VIDEO menu before starting to record, Unit hangs after trying to record from Line Input to DVD If the "OK" or the "Return" button on the remote is pressed at this time, the unit will hang and the front display shows scrolling "ooo...". Unit can be recovered by pressing the RESET button on the front panel. to correct it Download the improved firmware from Panasonic Web site and update the unit
You can try changing the command mode of the (genuine Panasonic) remote itself, press and hold [ ENTER/OK ] and the number [ 3 ] button together for 5 - 10 seconds, then release. Then try the remote with the unit. If it still shows DVD 3 on its display, no matter which button is pressed, reset the main unit to factory default as outlined in the user manual (assuming this model recorder has a tuner, there would be channel buttons on the front - try pressing and holding [ CH/UP ] and [ CH/DOWN ] together - for 5 - 10 seconds, until 'SETUP' appears, then release). This may or may not restore your DVD unit to the default (DVD 1) command mode. (Don't forget to reset the remote back to DVD 1 if you do reset the main unit - press and hold [ ENTER/OK ] + the number [ 1 ] button together as above).
Your new remote may be set to DVD 1 by default while your unit is DVD 3 = different remote command modes.
My remote is not working. When I press a button, I get the following message on my unit: U12, U30, SET #, CHK REMOTE #, or RC #. What can I do to fix this?
The message displayed means that the remote control and unit are not communicating and the remote needs to be programmed. To program the remote, press and hold the same number that is displaying on the unit and the [ENTER] or [OK] button for more than 2 seconds. For example, if the unit displays “SET 2”, press and hold  and [ENTER] or [OK] for more than 2 seconds.
1. On your remote, find the record mode button; it is near the bottom on the left side. This button sets the recording speed for the DVR. Faster recording speeds provide higher quality recordings. 2. Look at the display on the front of the machine: it should say XP ( records 1 hour on the disc,) SP ( 2 hours, ) LP ( 4 hours, ) or EP ( 6 hours. ) You can also set it to record 8 hours on a disc, but the quality of the recording will be poor. 3 Press the record mode button until the screen displays the recording speed that you want. 4 Note: if the powers fails or the Machine is unplugged, the machine will automatically reset itself to SP mode.
The remote control for my DVD recorder has stopped working. Every time I press a button, the display says "CHK REMOTE 1", "RC1" or "SET1". What is wrong?
Your DVD recorder remote control can be programmed (with different codes), so it can be used with multiple Panasonic DVD players. When you press a button and the display shows [CHK REMOTE #] or [RC#] or [SET#] it means that the DVD recorder and the remote control are not set to the same code.To set the remote control code to that of the DVD recorder, press and hold [ENTER] as well as the corresponding code number on the display (1, 2 or 3) at the same time for more than 2 seconds.
Combo's, Screen will say VCR Lock Activated. During stop or power off, hold the stop/eject button on the unit for at least seven seconds.
Combo's, Another method With unit on and no cassette inside, hold the rec/time button on the front of unit for 7 seconds.
CTV's Lock Mode Only the on/off button will work,the others have no effect. Press the action and power buttons at the same time on the front of the set for 10 seconds or so.
LCD TV's, Lock Mode If customer forgot Parental Lock Code, unit must be re-initialized. Press and hold the Volume down button on the front panel, press the OK button on the remote for 5 seconds.
DVD's Lock Mode Setting Method The sales demonstration lock function is set by simultaneously pressing the "POWER" button of DVD Player on the remote control unit and the "STOP" button on the main unit. ("LOCKED" is displayed when the lock function is engaged.) Release Method The function can be released using the same procedure as for setting. If the remote control unit is not at hand, the function can be released by using the same method as for player initialization (pressing the "PAUSE," "SKIP/SEARCH<<"and "OPEN/CLOSE" buttons simultaneously).
VHS-DVD Recorder (DMR-ES40V), Forgotten Ratings Password From the Owners manual: Open tray, Keep Pressing Rec and Play/X 1.3 buttons on the remote for 5 or more seconds. Another servicer found resetting to defaults worked well. (VCR>DVD Dub) + (Open/Close) + (DVD Rec)