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DMR-E50 DVD RECORDER

My Recorder switches on to Record intermittently for a few minutes at a time and uses up disk space. Otherwise it works perfectly with timed recording. Please help.

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  • Hambel Mar 24, 2008

    Yes it switches to record on its own either while we are watching a programme on the tv (and makes a muzzy picture and we have to cancel Ext.Link or Timer-on to try and get back to tv programme we are watching) or when the tv is off. It records for a few minutes and sometimes 30 mins and leaves about 6 pictures on navigator all saying AV2.

  • Hambel Mar 24, 2008

    Thank you for your prompt solutions. I will try these out and may call the Engineer if necessary. The warranty runs out next month so I will be in time. Will let you know result. Best wishes and thanks again.

  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach May 11, 2010

    Can you give a little more information?



    Does it switch to record on its own or only when you press the rec button?



    How long does it record?

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Hi
That's very strange, I have not seen a Panasonic do that before.
There are two things I would try.

1) Remove the batteries from the remote controller. This will rule out the possibility of the buttons making contact due to moisture or a fault in the controller. Then see if the problem occurs.

2) Unplug the power cable from the DVD recorder and leave it disconnected for at least 30 minutes before reconnecting it. This will reset your machine in case something has been corrupted.

3) When you have reconnected it, check the programme settings to make sure they are all clear.

4) Your machine could be picking up some radio interference if there is a transmitter close by. This is an unlikely cause, but if you suspect it, try plugging your machine into a different power socket and re-route the connection cables.

This particular model, like numerous Panasonics, suffers with an overheating regulator on the power board. They almost all fail from about two years onwards. The regulator gets very hot during normal operation and is not adequately protected from thermal runnaway. Regulator faults can cause a number of problems such as continuous self checking, switching off, and not reading certain discs. I have not known the regulator to cause unprovoked recording, but there can always be a first time. If the regulator is causing problems, the unit is easy for an engineer to repair. I can provide information on how to repair faulty Panasonic regulators if you need it.

Best wishes

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