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Panasonic DVD problems

I have 3 Panasonic DVD recorders. The first one I bought, a DMR-E50, frequently locks up (turns off and then stays in "Recover" or "Read" mode), especially when I try to Divide a program. The second one I bought, a DMR-ES30V (which inlcudes a DVD player/recorder) locks up whenever I try to record or edit a DVD (it stops recording after a few seconds). The third one I bought, a DMR-ES20, is still working fine, although it seems to take an increasingly long time to read a disk, so I am concerned that it will also stop functioning. The oldest of these machines is about two years old, the newest less than one. Obviously, the problems have started since I bought the newest one. I only use DVD-RAM media for recording, since most of my recording is to watch once and then erase. I thought maybe the problem was caused because I have reused mny of the disks many times, but it also occurs the same way with new disks that were not used before. Is there anything I can do, short of throwing these units out as they fail after 1-2 years? Is this a common problem with Panasonic and if so, is there someother brand that lasts longer, while not creating problems with digital rights management? The Sony machines seem to generally get good reviews, but I have bought some Sony equipment in thepast that caused problems for me due to excessive rights restrictions. Ideally, I would like to buy a DVR with hard drive, but am concerned about any rights restrictions that they would contain.

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  • stephen714 Dec 10, 2007

    I'm starting to believe the problems are common to Panasonic DVD players and recorders. I have had one DVD player, 2 DVD changers and one DSVD/VHS recorder, all four Panasonic, with the same problems. They either will not play DVDs or freeze up during playback. The problem is random and occurs with different discs at different times in the various machines. The recirder, DMR-E75V, was a problem from the beginning. I hav never been able to sucessfully record a single DVD or VHS tape on this machine. Panasonic sent me a cd with a firmware update but this was useless. Each machine did play ok for about one year, after which they are all unusable.

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I have a panasonic model DMR-ES15EG-S, had problems finalising, but now its not working at all, i ge U61 apearinf as well as plese wait flashing all the time with the disc tray keeps coming our,
explain why and whats the cause and can i do somethinf g to put it right.

need help please, thanking you R. bonello

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Have a Panasonic Recorder DMR ES10EB/EBL
MACHINE STILL PLAYS DVDs but has recently failed to record films although when DVD is examined after formatting something has been recorder but there is no picture only black/grey and white "blotches"


Have replaced faulty SCART lead but it does not solve problem

Posted on Jun 10, 2008

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I HAVE A DMR-ES20DEB D.V. RECORDER, I HAVE A PROBLEM THE (SELF CHECK) READ OUT STAYS ON,
I CANNOT OPEN TO REMOVE DISC OR PLAY IT

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

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Sorry to say but both of these sound like loader problems.ie the optics are faulty,you have to replace the full assy called a loader assy when this happens.Panasonic are the only company who offer part exchange tru authorised dealers.ie send back the faulty one and they will give reduced price on new one,.As to other makes see a lot of sonys with optic problems as well so isint just a panasonic problem.You could also try using ordinary dvdrs instead of ram discs as the optic has to work harder when recording and playing ram disc due to information contained.Hope I helped!

Posted on May 16, 2007

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