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Panasonic dmr-es15 no read

G'day im having a problem with my dvd player wen i put in any dvd it keeps on saying READING........ for a bit.. then says NO READ. i lifted the top of and it looks like the laser cant find wear it wont's to stop and read it just ceaps on going back and forth close to the center and it has a noise wen it moves not a laud noise but it wasn't thare before the noise is a dull grind. if you could tell me wat it is and wat part i have to replace this wold be great have a good one jamie

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  • cndhardy Jun 30, 2008

    Worked one day, the next NO READ on all discs. Noticed unit seemed warmer than usual. Removed cover and noticed that disc wasn't spinning up, although the laser head was moving back and forth. I also cleaned the laser lense, but made no difference. I'm not sure but I think this may be related to lead free solder. The main control board in the center has a label "PbF" and a BGA (Ball Grid Array) microprocessor in the middle (under heatsink). The Microsoft Xbox 360 used the same configuration (BGA and lead free solder) that caused the "Red ring of death". I may be wrong, but the pattern of failures 6 to 12+ months seems simular to the xbox. I'm told it's next to impossible to repair, but I'm going to try having the main control board run through a reflow oven to hopefully reflow the cracked solder connections.

  • rmesavage Jan 20, 2009

    My "15" worked well for a bit longer than one year then - for no known reason, "no read" status when inserting a blank R- disk. Seems the machine cycles 3 to 4 times trying to find it.

    Plays purchaced dvd's, music cd's but problems playing some disks previous recorded on this machine. will not accept R-, R+ or RAM for recording.

    I expect more from panasonic. Now made in china


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I haven't tried this yet, but based on the description, it looks to be the spindle motor not functioning properly. Read below:
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The most common mechanical problems that can prevent a dvd player from playing or reading the discs are the following:

1. The spindle motor not functioning properly (this is by far the most common, if the spindle motor is not spinning the discs then the optical lens can not read them). For the most part it is an cheap part to replace averaging around 25-25 dollars if you can replace it yourself. If you do not know how and have to take it to a repair shop expect to pay 50-75 dollars in labor. The key is to listen closely when you insert the disk into the player, you should be able to hear it spin up. If you hear nothing then that is most likely the problem.

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The unit has a defective optical pickup. This is the laser diode inside the DVD drive unit. It is a common problem which requires a service technician to replace the pickup. It is expensive to replace. The pickup is $62. Panasonic part #RAF3331A. Good luck finding one cheaper, but if you do please let me know. Joe

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Hi there
I had the same promlem
I use panasonic dvd rewrite discs and after a while if you keep on using the same disc you will the same symtoms yon discribe
All i did was change the disc a new one

best of luck John

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Just had exactly this happen to me tonight. Was working fine last night, today I put in a CD and yep, sure enough, the laser head is running up against the spindle about 4~5 times, a quick 'spin' and another 3~4 attempts with one more spin and then it's shutdown with a "NoRead" error.

Not really happy about this, prior to this event it was the best DVD player in the house with it having no skips/jumps/lagging like the other cheaper players.

Interesting theory about the Pb-free issue, could well be a tin-whisker issue but it's going to be really difficult to prove either way. Don't have a reflow oven handy alas :(

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

  • pldaniels Jul 04, 2008

    I tried a localised reflow with the hotair to no avail.

    I am wondering if perhaps there's a firmware logic fault?

    The only thing I did differently (that I hadn't done in a while) was to plug my DV cam directly into the ES15 via the firewire port.

    Things -initially- seemed okay and the DVD-RAM was initially accepted, but when I went to record that's when things died on me.

    Is there some sort of "universal reset" option on these boards? I tried the 'factory defaults' option from the on-screen menu to no avail.

  • pldaniels Jul 07, 2008

    Contacted Panasonic support - replacement main controller card is about $270 AUD - you can get new ES15's now for less than that *sigh*.


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