I have a Panasonic DVD recorder DMR-E80H that seems to be locked in this recovery mode. As I power it up, begins to reboot and then it says goodbye and turns off. I unplugged it and tried turning it on again, and the same thing happens. What causes this? I thought it to be the hard drive. brcause I fix PC's. Is this a common problem that can be easily fixed? I know it has a hard drive in it that is much the same as a basic PC has, but with an entirely different format. If it is a corrupted hard drive, I would think that it could be reformatted to correct any problems. There must be an OS on it that can be reinstalled I would presume. I guess I don't know much about DVD recorders compared to PC's.
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The one thing that will alway fail on these as well as any laser read piece of equipment is the laser reader. I would check into that to start and don't look into the laser. The parts are available and it is a matter of your experience with electronics as to how easy this will be for you to replace.
I don't have a solution but I am having the same problem (same model DMR-E80H). It will read finalized dvds but won't recognize or play blank or non-finalized dvds. About a year ago I had to replace the hard drive . . . I'm just assuming that the dvd recorder is just slowly breaking down and will need some kind of repair of certain components. (I think we bought it new in 2003/2004?)
I have to agree with XELIAM regarding finishing the disk, under the DVD "FUNCTIONS" selection from the remote. I also use the SLYSOFT products to transfer my videos to what ever other mode of video I wish to have, whether iPOD (MP4), or DIVX (AVI) or loads of other options. Slysoft makes a GREAT product
Mine, a Panasonic DMR-E80H, didn't like some of the Ram disk either. Either I was trying to erase it or just read it and it would shut it self off and go into recover mode.
So, I pulled the plug overnight. Then, first thing after I plugged it back in was to eject the disk before it tried to read it. Once the disk was out. It stopped going into recover mode.
Look into your manual that came with your dvd recorder for DMR-E80H, Page 46, Changing the Remote Control Code. My child played with a remote control as well and reconfigured it as well. In the manual, you have explanation how to configure your remote control again to work.
DMR-E80H Hard drive problem seems to pretty common. My drive started making the famaous kerchunk noise tonight. After disassembly I see the drive is a ATA133 Maxtor drive....are you sure that you replaced it with the correct drive? I may contact Maxtor and try to get an RMA since the drive is only 3yrs old.