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DMR-ES40V Error Code F03

I tried to reboot the machine, unplug for 30 mins. but nothing seems to do the trick...

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  • cryptorec Feb 13, 2008

    The problem remains... F03, and it will do absolutely nothing.

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  • cryptorec Feb 13, 2008

    Thank you for your response. I tried numbers 1 - 3 without a change. The unit will not respond to anything. The code F03 remains constant.

    I imagine I will either take it to a repair shop, or throw the unit away...


  • LDodoo Aug 19, 2008

    I have the same problem, unplugged it and rebooted it and still showing F03. Any other ideas to resolve this.

  • Van Epperson Dec 24, 2016

    I had the same problem. Tried the reset button, nothing happened. Followed instructions to whap it on the right hand side but still nothing happened. But after giving it a what, I then tried the reset button and presto! All fixed.



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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.

Thank you for using FIXYA.

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    Louie Role Feb 14, 2008

    Appreciate the update.

    If I may make an un-technical suggestion pls, give the unit a good whack at the side nearest the DVD tray. This is forwarded in consideration of your post "...or throw the unit away..." and based on my diagnosis of a stuck mechanism.


    Below is an image of a generic mechanical assembly. The dotted yellow mark indicates the slider that is prone to dirt/dust accumulation that would require cleaning and re-lubing.

    If your concern has not been rectified after completion of the above procedures, your next option is JoshOHoward's suggestion or as you put it, throw it out and purchase a replacement.

    Cheers and thank you for using Fixya..


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This means there is a technical error.
I suggest you go to your nearest retailer iof this and they will fix it but they will probably charge.

Hope this helps! - Josh

Posted on Feb 13, 2008

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    Don't say its bad so i get paid please!

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    Josh Howard Feb 14, 2008


    If i was you i would visit a repair shop as it would be cheaper than normal i could explain how but you will need to get your own parts which are very hard to find!


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I have just completed two frustrating nights with U99, F03, F60 and several other error codes. Remote did not work and the machine did not work. I could not select VHS or DVD. I could put in a VHS tape and eject but nothing else would work. Then I came across this post. I tapped the side of the DVD player on the right very gently. The light came on the DVD player and everything returned to normal. From now on that will be the first thing I do. I remember using this technique on old transistor radios, record players and numerous other mechnical things but could not believe it would work on this. After two night of trying everything, it was fixed in 2 seconds.
Thank you Josh. You saved me a lot of money!

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