Was in the middle of copying an 8mm tape when I decided to stop the recording. Since then the drawer won't open for me. When I push the O/C button it displays "open" then "close" without moving. I took the lid off it and the drawer opened. I tested it a few times and left it in. Now it won't open again. I can hear the disc spinning but don't know what else to do. Can't find the manual, but there probably isn't a fix listed in it. Is there a reset button or a button to push, etc. to get the drawer to open?
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Look for a tiny hole in the cover of the Disc drawer (about the size of a pencil lead). Straighten out a paper clip and push it into the hole - should mechanically release the drawer so you can retrieve the disc.
there could be a few reasons for this, but the most likely is that the laser has gone in it, ie... not reading any discs. it could also just be a loose cable or connector inside the recorder. the only way to know for sure is to open it up and see i'm afraid :( if its the laser, you will have to get it replaced i'm afraid. Hope this helps
First, start with power cycling the player. Turn off the player and disconnect the power cord from the wall socket. Leave it unplug for about 5 minutes. Turn the player back on and try to open the drawer.
If same problem occur, then follow the steps below:
1. Turn off your DVD player. You do not want to risk electrical shock while working with it.
2. Locate your DVD player's manual Eject button. It is usually a small hole located underneath the DVD drawer.
3. Insert a stiff wire-such as a paperclip or safety pin-into the hole. Push gently and the drawer should open partway. Gently pull the drawer the rest of the way open.
4. Remove the DVD and see if there is a problem with it. Most DVD player drawers get stuck when a DVD is warped or the label is starting to peel. If the DVD is warped, discard it. If the label is peeling, remove the label.
5. Turn your DVD player back on. If it gets stuck again on a different DVD, then the problem may be with your DVD player rather than with your DVDs.
See manual page 46, "Disc Ratings" when setting is anything less than 8 I found I had problems too. With a disk in the machine go to setup "Rating" If you don't have the manual handy see web page for PDF tv.manualsonline.com/ex/thread/view/idThread/1414777
You will have no problem playing your non finalized discs on any of the Panasonic DMR range including the DMR EZ28 series. The DMR E55 can also easily be repaired if you can use a soldering iron and a little care. Please checkout my other postings for full repair details.
The DMR-ES15 is a later model (around 2006/07) than the DMR-E50 (2003/04), but essentially both should do the same job so technically - a good equivalent in terms of recording and same brand so yes. The connections on the rear (of the replacement recorder) should suit and work with your other devices just as the old one did.
According to some other online reviews, the DMR-E50 has had a few issues with recording, and finalizing certain discs.
I'd say go for it - accept the replacement - as long as it comes with some kind of guarantee, works fully and has all the accessories (including remote, instructions etc.) you should be good. Contact the store and seal the deal.