Above is linked to panasonic t.v. & pan freeview box via scarts, also have an L.G. video & Toshiba DVD player on same set up again all scart linked. DMR has never worked as intended, told it needs a software reboot. Need it for recording digi off the freeview box and the LG for analogue. Whilst moving for cleaning the other day, mains lead came disconnected, Since then after replacing lead (within seconds) cannot get analogue via t.v. only through vcr. Dmr is locked and will not accept ANYcommands from handset, just goes through constant re-checking. I dont know if theres a disc inside, cannot open it etc. all other leads are fully engaged. How do I sort this ?
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Re: Total lock up
The reason your dvd recorder keeps self checking is because there is a faulty regulator on the power board.
I have listed full instructions on how to fix this, but you will need to be able to use a soldering iron and exercise care. Alternatively you may be able to pass the instructions to someone who can repair it for you.
Do not listen to anyone telling you the laser is faulty, DVD drive unit is kaput, it requires firmware, software or any other useless upgrade, or that Panasonic will do it for the price of a small car! It is easy to fix..
I won't repeat the instructions here but if you look at my profile and search my DMR E55 solutions you will find it.
The regulator gets very hot during normal operation and it will eventually fail on all DMR E55s after a couple of years or so.
It was probably on its last legs and when you put the lead back in, you probably didn't disconnect the plug from your power socket and this caused a power surge which has finally killed it.
If you know what you're doing it's an easy fix.
It definitely does not need a software reboot.
I would be reluctant to use it again until it has been fixed because if the regulator overheats further, it could short circuit and cause other components to fail which would make the repair more difficult.
To check to see if there is a disc inside, unplug the unit from the mains, remove the two large silver screws, one on each side, then the three black screws on the back of the lid which can then be easily removed.
Next, remove the four small phillips screws that hold the top cover on the dvd drive. This is a large black plastic cover in the middle of the unit. The cover can then be taken off and disc removed if there is one inside. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE. replace the cover and screws, then repair the unit.
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The problem is probably in how your audio is liked up. Is the connection from DVD to TV via hdmi, scart, phono, RGB, optical? You need to check that the video link from DVD to TV and the audio link from DVD to TV are the same. Hope this helps.
If you've connected the DVD to the TV via HDMI or SCART you shouldn't need to 'tune it in', just select the HDMI or SCART input. If your TV is also a Freeview device and you want to tune it to Freeview, where you have the aerial connected to the DVD recorder, you need to also connect the DVD recorder to the TV via an RF cable or aerial flylead so that the aerial signal passes through the DVD recorder. It's all in the instructions
You need a video switch box, that has two video and audio inputs and a video and audio output that connects to the video and audio connections on the scart cable. Then you can switch between the DVD player or the freeview box. These devices are available on the Internet, use Google to search for these devices.
I also have the DMR-BS750EB its connected to a panasonic plasma via an hdmi cable and also scart lead so that i can use the tv freeview tuner to record as well and it works just fine if you still have the user manual check the advanced record features for external link or down load the user guide from panasonic. I have had mine since november and had no real issues ... except the ones ive caused from mis interpreting the instructions cheers Alex.
You plug the humax into the panasonic dvd recorder and then from the outputs of the dvd recorder plug it into the panasonic plasma inputs
Is component video better than RGB? Well, yes and no, RGB provides the widest bandwidth and is the best choice for connecting audio visual devices like a Freeview box, digibox or Sky+ box to your TV, home cinema or home theatre system. DVD is however different, to reduce the amount of storage required DVDs are recorded using component video, it is therefore better to connect a DVD player via a component video cable to your TV, plasma or LCD TV etc.
Thanks if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask
You can only record freeview channels through your box.
Assuming the digi-box has two scart sockets, connect as follows:
Scart 1 or TV scart of the digi-box to the TV.
Scart 2 or VCR/DVD scart of the digi-box to scart 1 of the DVDR3380.
The TV aerial should already be connected through the digi-box and DVDR3380 to the TV
To record from the digi-box, select AV1 / E1 / EXT1 on the DVDR3380
If you are doing timer recordings, you will also need to leave the freeview box on the channel you wish to record, or set the freeview box timer.
PLEASE NOTE THIS INFORMATION COVERS PROBLEMS FOR ALL DEVICES CONNECTED UP BY STUPID scart LEADS. I HOPE IT HELPS EVERYONE.
This is a common problem, the problem is caused by the fact your device is connected to the TV via a scart lead. The way it works is this: If you press the AV button on your TV remote your TV will turn over to the first scart channel. If you actively do something on the device connected via scart in this case the dvd player, (this includes things like playing a DVD or Video, or going into a menu), the device sends a signal down pin 8 of the scart lead and turns the TV over automatically to the AV channel, BUT as soon as you come out of the menu or stop the DVD/Video the signal stops and the TV will revert back to the channel it was on. So you have 3 choices......maybe 4... 1. press the AV button on your TV remote directly. 2. Buy yourself and HDMI lead IF your TV supports it (note: you will have to select the HDMI channel on your TV remote because the auto thing is only on scart leads). 3. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU HAVE A SPARE LEAD look up a diagram of a scart lead on Google so you can find pin 8 and cut it out with a pair of wire cutters. YOU will have to still press the AV button on your TV remote to go to the channel though, 4. Connect your TV and DVD with an aerial lead and tune channel 6 on your TV into the DVD player. ps then disconnect the scart lead. (Go for choice number one!)
I had the same problem. The answer is to use a scart lead on the freeview box and connect it to the input/output scart on the DVD. Then connect a scart lead from the TV out on the DVD to the TV.
You then press Video source on the DVD remote until 'scart' is displayed to pick the freeview channels.
Hope that helps