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Power on, makes the LED goes off

My 18mth old dvd recorder (DMR-E85H) has suddenly decided to stop working. The power is connected to it and the fuse is ok. the screen is blank. If i unplug it overnight and plug it back in, the clock will display flashing, until I press the on button, then the whole thing just dies.

i also noticed last time I tried to play something that it reset itself and went into self check as it was spinning up the dvd. It also went into self check last time I tried to dub something.

Its no longer in warranty and I wondering what is causing it and is it worth fixing after I've seen so many other people having problems with this model?
any advice please ?

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Yes, it is definitely worth fixing!

The problem you will have is getting someone to do it for a reasonable price. I can tell you how to repair it but you will need to find someone who can use a soldering iron or have a go yourself. If you haven't used a soldering iron before, it's not a skill that can be picked up over night. A bit like riding a bike, it seems impossible until you can do it.

The fault has almost certainly been caused by a faulty component on the power board. It's an easy repair but you will need to dismantle the unit to get to the board. It's not difficult. You can get a new component online for a few pounds/dollars.
Nikko Electronics will supply the component or there are other suppliers.

I have given full instructions >HERE< to repair the DMR E55. The E85 is not exactly the same, but its very similar and it will be the same component.

Hope this helps

Posted on Jun 12, 2008


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