Question about Panasonic DMR-ES35VS
The 'No Read' error is the DVD-RAM drive - the laser and/or spindle motor assembly has failed. As for standby mode not working, that would be an issue with the main microprocessor on the motherboard which could be expensive to replace (manufacturers no longer provide individual components; they provide exchange boards if available), making the unit virtually uneconomical to fix. The cost of a replacement DVD drive could cost anywhere between $150 and $400 plus fitting and firmware upgrade/reset.
The 'lock-out' you describe, would probably be an issue between the PSU and the main microprocessor (as mentioned above). Because you also had a 'No Read' error from the DVD, this unit, sadly, is not really worth fixing - BUT, you can always take it to a service centre, to get a quote and second opinion on likely cost(s) involved, at least then you can make a positive decision afterwards as to whether you want to go further with it or not. Up to you.
When you add it all up, you may find the total cost(s) to restore this unit to original working condition (if that's possible) may exceed the price of a new unit which can do the same thing this one did when it was new around 4 or 5 years ago. You have too many faults with this one.
Whichever is cheaper and easier for you - don't waste money on repairs if the quote you get is too high - buy a new (or refurbished) one with (optional) extended warranty and/or extra features - but only as a last resort, and keep this unit's remote if you do.
Posted on Mar 23, 2011
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