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I bought one of these years ago and real quick power on/off blip. The unit would not reset and now there is a dvd stuck in it. I called Toshiba, years ago and they said I'd have to send it in for repair so, i stored it away. Now I'm looking at aal the HD dvd's i've recorded and I'm looking for advice on this thing. In my opinion this thing must be pretty fragile to get damaged by a quick flash in power, I guess if a transformer blew close by but, i didn't hear anything and, it wasn't a storm. What little info there is left on this thing indicates that a dvd stuck inthe unit could cause the same problem. Are any of you guys familiar enough with this unit to advise me? In other words, have personally seen this kind of thing with this particular model. I haven't taken it down yet but, I'm going to soon and I'll be messing around so the input will help.

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Unusual, but not uncommon for a power surge to damage the switchmode power supply in this unit. Repairs could prove very expensive and/or uneconomical for what is now an older model DVD recorder, but you can always submit it to an authorised Toshiba service centre, obtain a quote on the likely costs involved to restore this to original working order, then you can make a firm decision afterwards on the economics of fixing this or not - up to you.

Having said that, the PSU may or may not be severely destroyed by the surge. It depends on how many components were affected which determines the cost. In many cases, the workshop may be able to order in a replacement PSU board, fit it, check the machine out, and charge accordingly.

It is easier, quicker, and in nearly every case more reliable to replace an entire board (refurbished or new if available) in an appliance.

If you do send it off for repair, don't forget to mention the disc stuck in it and you would like that disc returned to you along with the repaired unit. Most workshops are honest, but mention the disc anyway just in case. Good luck.

Toshiba is generally a reliable brand and they make good products, and they fail like everything else over time, but in your case, the surge was most likely as a result of poor voltage filtering in the power supply.

Posted on Apr 08, 2011

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