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Re: DMR-ES40V Error Code F03
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.
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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Ron, F60 is a general error code usually related to a failure on the video processing board. You could fix this by just replacing that board. Try to place it in standby mode first by unplugging it, wait a couple of minutes and then plug it back in. When the 000000's starts, hold down the power button for 15-20seconds. The unit should then be in standby mode. From this mode try to start it normally using the power button and see if it cleared the error. You could also try a complete reset by powering the unit off and press and hold the "Stop" and "Channel Up" buttons at the same time for a few seconds while powering the unit up. Hope this helps, good luck.
Mechanical fault, usually caused by oxidisation of the mode switch - creating increased resistance between its wiper and its internal contacts. Try cleaning the mode switch (under the VCR mechanism on the main board) using a commercially available electronic cleaner (after first unplugging unit from power point, and carefully removing top and front covers), rotating the switch wiper gently in each direction, let it sit for a few minutes, refit the mechanism, ensuring all is reconnected to the board, plug unit into power, test.
The other option if the cleaning doesn't work, is to order and replace the mode switch with a new one - these are not expensive parts, and should be available from Panasonic directly. Make sure you quote the model number of your unit to the spares supplier before obtaining any replacement parts, including the mode switch as required.
BUT: try the simplest and cheapest option (cleaning the mode switch) first. See how you go.
F60 is a
general error code usually related to a failure on the video processing
If you have access to spare/replacement parts, this is an easy
error to correct by simply replacing the board.
You can recognize this
board as the small board with the onboard HDMI port in the DMR-ES40V
model, and has the mini cables connecting to it. It floats above the
rest of the boards in the middle back of the machine.
All you need to do is to get the replacement part and open up the player by unscrewing the screws that are around the player, open up the cover and you have direct access to the board you are trying to replace.
You can as well take it to a repairman to help you with the replacement, that is if you cannot replace it yourself.
http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/support/Video/DVD-Recorders-Players/DVD-Recorders/model.DMR-EZ47VK http://www.retrevo.com/support/Panasonic-DMR-EZ47-DVD-Players-manual/id/2811ag420/t/2/ To get into Service Mode, first put the machine in STANDBY mode, then press the buttons ChUp OPEN/CLOSE and REC all at the same time on the front panel (Ch Up is hidden inside the AV3 input flap). Eventually the front panel display will show "SERV" (after its "HELLO" messages). Anyway, pressing  then  on the Remote Control tells me that I have an Error Code of "04" which is a Digital PCB or Communication Error (whereas an Error code of "02" means a "Defect of RAM drive"). (To exit from Service Mode, press  then  which should get you back to "SERV" and then POWER-OFF the machine). Hopefully, your manual will display your error codes.
Perhaps the remote control is not set to the same control code as your DMR-ES40V. Codes may be set to 1, 2, or 3 on the remote by holding down the enter button and one of those number buttons for several seconds at the same time. The factory default is code 1. Try 1 first. If that doesn't work try 2. If that doesn't work try 3. If one of those codes doesn't work you may have a bad remote or a bad sensor on your machine. On DMR-ES35V models the sensor is located just to the right of center behind the black window
I had the same trouble, also wouldn't play back discs that I recorded using it. The commonly listed reset of channel up and down at the same time was not meant for this model.
Below is the official solution that was sent to me by panasonic.
After using this method to reset my player it worked great. it was just like taking it out of the box for the first time.
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your inquiry, reguarding model DMR-ES40V.
Try this reset to fix the issue.
1. Unit power must be on.
2. Press [STOP] & [VHS > DVD] ON THE UNIT for over 5 seconds.
Thank you for contacting Panasonic.
Thank You, Panasonic Consumer Support
We need to narrow down where the problem lies. Even without finalizing the disc, you should be able to play back the recording. Can you do this? If you can play back the recording, the problem exists in the finalization stage and we'll need to concentrate there. Pplease update this and we'll proceed to the next step.
What worked for us when we saw F03? Taking the toothbrush out of the VCR! I kept resetting the unit and nothing worked. Finally, I decided to see what would happen if I stuck a tape in. It wouldn't go in because of the toothbrush! I took it out, reset the unit again and it was fixed.
Maybe the error is not F03, but FO3 meaning there is a FOREIGN OBJECT stuck in the VCR.