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AELFCHECK Problem with Panasonic DVD Recorder

Repeated 'SELFCHECK' on Panasonic DVD Recorder DMR-E95H.
This problem seems to be endemic to Panasonic DVD Recorders.
Has anyone found the answer?

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  • Hi Palmbeach,



    Thank you for your extremely helpful solution.



    Before I signed up to FixYa, I had taken my machine to our local Panasonic recommended Repair Service people in Walsall in Midlands who charged me £25 to look at the machine and kept it in their workshop for four weeks and said that it was not repairable and recommended that I should throw it away! I had a suspicion that there was a solution lurking somewhere and brought the recorder back.



    Panasonic Customer Service was singularly unhelpful.



    Thanks again, Palmbeach.

  • Hi Helen,



    Discarding all those machines for want of some minor repairs is outrageous in view of the environmental damage it causes. The manufacturers should accept their responsibility. After all, it is in their own commercial interest to maintain customer loyalty by helping to solve the problems particularly when they are mainly attributable to manufacturing shortcomings.



    Regards,

    Ram

  • I am delighted to say that I was able to fully repair my Panasonic DMR E95H DVD Recorder with some help form a professional on the soldering part of the work. Helen's solution was greatly helpful. I also managed to get some further information in the form of blow by blow photographs of the particular model. Taking the power circuit board out and putting it back needed great care, particularly when disconnecting the plug with a tiny clip. The whole exercise cost me less than £25 including what I paid for soldering. I did the work of taking the circuit board out and reassembly. Thank you Helen.

    The big name manufacturers have no interest in customer service. They also use the cheapest components rendering their machines short lived hoping that the clients would flock to buy their latest models. Their so called authorised service centres like the one I went to in Bloxwich in the midlands are also useless. They charged me £25 and I doubt if theie engineer even touched the machine before telling me that it could not be repaired. Quite disgusting.

  • vanbeet Jan 27, 2009

    I have a similar problem with my DMR-E95. When reading certain DVDs and when recording to disc from hard drive the unit switches off and goes into self-check making it impossible to record to disc. Is it the same solution as posted for the DMR-E55?

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I have exactly the same problem, E95 gets stuck in a SELF CHECK loop. Where are you Helen? Chris

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Hi

This problem is associated with a regulator on the power board. It's an easy fix if you can use a soldering iron.

If not you may be able to get someone to repair it for you. I have posted instructions on how to replace the defective component.

Please note the instructions I have given refer to the DMR E55 but the E95H is much the same.
To see my earlier posting, please Click >HERE<

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  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach Mar 14, 2008

    Hi Ram

    Regrettably, an all too familiar response by people who unfortunately either don't know how, or just can't be bothered to help. These machines are excellent but they have this flaw in the power supply that has never been addressed by Panasonic. I have repaired dozens of them for exactly this problem and usually add an extra heatsink that will prolong the life of the replacement part. I am sure that scores of these will have ended up at the local tip that could have been repaired for a few pounds very easily.



    Thanks for your Fixya and good luck with that machine.

    Regards

    Helen

  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach Mar 14, 2008

    Hi Ram



    I totally agree. It is inexcusable for any manufacturer to continue to design equipment with such an obviously blatant and time sensitive flaw.



    The fact is, Panasonic players and recorders are built to very high standards and the designs are fundamentally excellent. However, the power board regulator is overworked and during normal operation it exceeds the component manufacturer's heat tolerance recommendation. This means it is bound to fail sooner or later, and usually just out of guarantee. If it was bolted to a more substantial metal heatsink or even designed so that it was bolted to the cabinet itself, the problem would be immediately resolved. Worse still, is the ludicrous prices charged by some service centres that put most people off so the equipment is thrown out instead of repaired. Quotes for new laser drives, digital board and complete relacemet units are not uncommon and all that is needed is a new regulator for a few pounds and the ability to replace it. I charge no more than £25 to repair and fully test them, because I hate to see people being ripped off and good equipment wasted.



    Well, that's my rant for the day Ram, I'll go and have a cup of tea to calm myself down now.



    Regards

    Helen

  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach Jun 10, 2008

    Hi Ram



    I am soooo pleased that you managed to repair your E95, Well done you! It is a little trickier than the E55 because you have to remove the hard drive to gain access to the power board. So you can give yourself a big pat on the back and enjoy the film even more now! The power board is basically the same design on all those machines with a few minor differences like connectors and so on. Every E55, E85/95 etc will eventually breakdown because of one component.



    I do slightly disagree on one point. The big manufacturers don't necessarily use cheap components. Many domestic components are now manufactured to military specification and if they are used correctly and in the right place they will go on forever.However, manufacturers do so often use the wrong components in the wrong places with inadequate protection and that's why they get hot and fail. Just look at most laptop power units, you can fry an egg on them because they are totaly inadequately rated for the job. I sandwich my laptop power unit between two thick pieces of aluminium and it runs nice and cool. An easy fix.



    I see that Chris has a problem with his E95, perhaps you can give him a few pointers to help him get it going.



    Take care now, and well done again.

    Regards

    Helen

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