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Total lock up

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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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.

Posted on Feb 29, 2008

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    Palmbeach Feb 29, 2008

    Click Here to see my earlier posting with full details on how to fix your DMR E55

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