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Polaroid DRA-01601A will not power up

I have an almost new Polaroid DVR model DRA-01601A. Yesterday it worked fine the next day it wont even power up. I hear the fan turning in the back when connected to the outlet but it does not turn on.

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  • rwmcm Apr 13, 2008

    I am having exactly the same issue. The player is barely 4 months old.

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    same power problem but on a Polaroid15" LCD TV/DVD combo

  • camaro1979 May 06, 2008

    same problem exactly happened to my dvr i contacted polarion by email and now im waiting

  • Anonymous May 19, 2008

    Bought new TESTED and WORKING from ebay seller, but it show this exact symtom when I plugged it in. IE NOT tested enough!!!!

  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    My unit's fan works, but will not power up as well

  • gummy2 Aug 14, 2008

    Our unit also acts erratically - sometimes needs to have power removed for 30 sec to reset the unit. HD channel labels also add 30 to actual value. Sometimes HD tuner locks to only one channel although label changes between stations. Have to remove power to reset this also.

  • wardj Aug 20, 2008

    Got a power light but no display. Won't power up. Worked fine the day before.

  • blackhawk324 Oct 26, 2008

    My Ploaroid DRA01601A will not power up. It locked up to where I could not get it to do anything. I pulled the power cord out of the plug for a few seconds, plugged it back in and nothing happened. Does anyone have a solution to fix?

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2008

    wont power up anymore. Piece of junk.

  • shawn1010 Feb 22, 2009

    Fan turns on but won't power on, not even LED light or display.

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99.9 % of the times its the capacitor which is blown. I had spent few weeks to investigate on this and ultimately found this solution. Till date I have replace two capacitors. To determine which capacitor is gone, Check on the flat silver surface of capacitor. If its not 100% flat it means its gone and you need replacement. Pl. check my attached file to understand on details of inside configuration.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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Replaced four capacitors on the power supply circuit board which were clearly bubbled up. Found corrosion under two of them. Just replace a pair of 1000uF 16V caps with 1000uF 25V caps (same value but higher voltage rating) and two 2200uF 10V caps with two 2200uF 25 V caps. Make sure you're putting the negative side of the electrolytic capacitors in their proper spots. (if you reverse even one of them you risk blowing up the whole power-supply). This is also a good time to replace that noisy cooling fan with something comparable. not sure of the size, but it s model RA-04 01LS12 which is a DC 12v fan with 0.07A current draw from Apple Electronics or RApple. Good luck!

Posted on Jan 19, 2010

  • phuddy_d Sep 07, 2011

    Great advice. The fan failed on mine, and the two capacitors burned up. I replace one 1000 uF and one 2200 uF with appropriate voltage tolerances. My first experience with printed circuit boards, using an old heavy duty soldering iron. No problem, everything works now. The capacitors are 10 cents each and the new fan, $5.00. Thanks.

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I believe I found the problem but just will not be able to fix it unless I can find a new main board cheap. It would appear power is getting to the main board but will not power up.


Thanks anyway

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

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We found that our problem may have been heat related (the unit might have been overheating) We reported our issue to Polaroid and they were very willing to replace the unit (as long as we paid for shipping the unit back, of course) However, after reporting the problem and setting up the exchange, we spent some time burning our videos to DVD prior to returning the unit, during which we increased airflow to the unit. During this time we experienced almost no failures, leading us to believe that it may be a thermal issue. In the end, we're using our new unit from Polaroid, so far with no problems.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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Mine have severe problems, I removed the front panel and front board and replugged in all the connectors, and when put back together it worked. I think I had a shorted trace on the front panel to one of the screws (or maybe the force was just with me) anyway thats my story

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

These units are famous for capasitors popping in the power supplies.

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I have repair my supply board by replace the 2 capacitors and 1
mosfet because the 5VDC was failure
the mosfet is a IRFP 150 or similar and capacitors are same models
becarefull the 330ohms resistor dont touch the capacitor
or a great risk of short circuit destroy the 5VDC
best regards
jean yves kerfers
olivet
france

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