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.
I came here with the F03 code and got read the message about foreign objects. I took off the cover and manually removed the tape from all heads and rollers. Then it was easy to eject. I found nothing wrong with the innards of the machine, so I checked the tape. Inside the tape cartridge was a dead stink bug which had cause the tape to tangle and jam. Since this was at the very beginning of the tape, I wound all the bad section onto the take up reel and will watch the rest of the tape, then junk it. Thanks for the ideas.
In my case I did not have a VCR tape or a disk inserted in the machine. The recorder displayed the code for months even tried to call Panasonic and they told me to ship it to repair from Michigan to Texas!. I found this site and codes,got confused since nothing was inside and tried to turn it on again after checking for any residual tape fragments or disk fragments and found none. It works! Maybe it needed a break. I am surprised Panasonic did not tell me to check for foreign objects.
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Hello Unplug the AC power chord for about 10 minutes, and then replug it and see whether it helps you. Confirm the current software version. If the software version is updated, if the software update has succeeded. If not, try again. Do not unplug the unit frm AC while the software is udating. All settings will remain the same even if you updated the sofrware with newst version.
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.
Do you mean F03? that error is known in Panasonic video products. It usually applies to the VCR, which means a mechanical fault; such as loading motor and/or mode switch. The switch itself would be on the main board under the VHS deck, and can be cleaned with special electronic spray cleaner, and electronic lubricant (after the cleaner), but for more reliable results, the mode switch may require replacement, which should be done by a workshop. If this is the only issue you have with your combo unit, it shouldn't cost too much to correct this problem. Either try cleaning the switch yourself (being careful when opening unit), or submit to workshop for quote and professional repair.
I have never heard of F30 as a video/DVD error code before. That error applies to some Panasonic air-conditioners and is a system error.
If all else fails...you may have to go inside and take a look. I had this happen to me and I found that a piece of plastic had somehow gotten into the moving parts. Remember to first UNPLUG the unit and don't touch any of the electronic parts/pieces. You're just looking at the VHS mechanical parts. Now that you're inside, if you can with any level of confidence...plug the unit in and try ejecting the tape. Watch for anything hanging up all the moving parts that eject the tape.
If you're at all not comfortable working around something like this with live power then DON'T DO IT! Take it to have it looked at.
But if you are OK doing this sort of thing, hopefully you'll see some piece of junk has fallen into the tape area and it jamming up the workings!
The "U99" error code signifies a "general communications failure." It is not associated with one specific problem. It can be related to the version of firmware your DVD recorder is currently using and it has been associated with the TV Guide on screen guide.
If your unit displays U99, turn the power off-unplug the unit for 5 minutes, and reconnect the power.
After months of U99 errors, I was able to fix my unit by reinitializing the defaults while using a CD-R with a firmware fix downloaded from the internet. Power the unit down, press Skip/Rev + Time Slip + Open/Close for 5 seconds. The CDR should be in the disc drive as you do this.
If it's 7071, shut the unit off by holding the power button until the time is displayed (instead of the error code). Unplug the unit. When you open the case, you will see a white plastic piece at the front of the dvd drive near the silver plastic hinge on the face of the unit's dvd opening. The white plastic piece slips in the groove of the hinge to stop the units dvd door from being opened while the drive is engaged. Push the white plastic piece in toward the dvd drive; sometimes the mechanism gets sticky. Plug the unit back in and press the power button. This may solve the problem
Hope this helps.