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I have a Panasonic DVD Recorder Model DMR-ES46V with error code U61, which basically states that there might have been a power failure while the unit was on and the unit is in the recovery process. I had this problem about 18 months ago and resolved it by cleaning the laser optic and the overall unit. I’ve cleaned it again but the unit is still displaying the U61 error code, even after power cycling several times. I suspect that the laser assembly may be worn out. I have had the DVD about four years and have recorded more than 1500 DVDs. I have repaired may electronic devices over the years but haven’t worked on DVD players much, I wondering what might be wrong and if its worth fixing if I repair it myself. Thanks, Chris

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  • XFLY Jul 20, 2008

    Removed the "four" screws holding the DVD drive top in place. Then moved
    the drive head mechanism back (towards the back of the unit).
    Plugged in the power, turned it on and had the same u61 error code. The drive head mechanism didn't move much, <.02". Any other Idea? Thanks

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Take out the 3 screws holding the DVD drive top in place. And then move
the drive head mechanism back (pushed it towards the back of the unit).
Then plugg the power in, turn it on . This will remove the u61 error code .

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"unit is carrying out a recovery process, don't do anything , just wait till display returns to normal, remove disc first."

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    Legin Varghese Jul 20, 2008

    don't know yet what the final outcome will be, but here's an update: I called Panasonic customer support. After going thru four phone transfers I finally reached a fellow who agreed that since I was only a couple of months over warranty, Panasonic will pay the UPS cost to return it to their service center where they will seek out the cause of the problem. Originally he did ask me to try simultaneously pushing down on "channel up" and "channel down" buttons (under the hinged front panel). That's supposed to give the unit a chance to reset (didn't help in my case}. I've read elsewhere that there may be a particular capacitor that tends to leak in these units (and is not expensive, but is very difficult to replace because of its location buried under other parts). I'm waiting now for a confirmation letter directing me how to send in the unit. I'll let you know more later.

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Try replacing the whole lens pickup, it is an easy job and part is not expensive.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008

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    Ginko Jul 20, 2008

    About the error U61, if you find a firmware upgrade for this unit you should be able to fix it by upgrading firmware.
    Here is a picture of a lens pickup, just replace it on your DVD:


    Just replace the lens block


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