Hi, I've just been advised to go to Next Electronics Servicing in Christchurch (New Zealand) to solve this. This is apparantly who Panasonic send people to. I'll put up another post if it's successful.
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Region free hacks
this page you can find everything about region hacking your player. As
this site was also the place where the generic Panasonic DVD player
region hacks originated from, it also covers almost any other Panasonic
I have a Panasonic EH57 and it wont play dvd's anymore, its more like a jutting sound and it says please insert a valid disk when i want to copy something or no disk inserted when trying to play something....please help me!
send it or take it to your local authorised panasonic service center, they can normally do it while you wait. If it is under 12 months old then panasonic will normally pay for this, otherwise a small fee can apply, so if you are unsure on who is your local service, either give panasonic a call or check out there website.
I sent an e-mail to Panasonic New Zealand to ask about this, and they advised: "Panasonic NZ no longer pre set DVD recorders or players
for all region multi-zones.However, we will multi-zone for all
regions on request.This needs to be done by an
Authorised Service Centre, as a special service remote is
used.Once delivered to one of these
agents, the service company will charge the fee to Panasonic
If you're not in NZ, try contacting Panasonic in your own country. Just call up www.panasonic with your country code after eg. US = .com and NZ = .co.nz. It seems a *lot* easier than all those complicated hacks on the net. Now all I have to do is work out how to disconnect my DVD recorder again, and try to
PS. I realise this question is 11 months old by now, but I hope my response helps someone like me just cruising the internet looking for help.