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RCA DRC257N No Power

I have a unit described above, that has no power at all. The fuse is OK. There are a few dark spots on the board, but no completely burnt or obvious resistors or circuits. I have not ohmed the board or checked everything out. Any obvious problems that I should check out.

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  • BClark Jan 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. I have had this machine for a year and really like it. Since I couldn't find a quick fix I went out and bought a similar product, but I would really like to fix this one so that I may use it in my bedroom.

  • sadmiss Jan 28, 2008

    I have the same unit. Worked great for about 9 months then while watching it went fuzzy then off. I had power initially but no buttons would work. Display said "hello" I thought I'd unplug it a while to see if something would "reset" when I plugged it back in, I get nothing at all:(.

    Too bad, was great while it worked. RCA customer service NO help!

  • bugsGRL510 Feb 05, 2008

    ...same here no power at all now! In laymans terms whomever answered the solution...what is a 1000hf 16v cap? Where can I buy it? How do I install it? [email protected]

  • Mattrevik Feb 16, 2008

    I have no power on my RCA DRC257N. Worked fine for about 11 months. Then one day it just did not power on.

  • Ann Barrett
    Ann Barrett May 26, 2008

    Same unit with same problem RCA wouldn't help at all, the unit only worked about 3 months, then nothing.

  • s2000power Jan 01, 2009

    i was watching a movie after that the dvd screen went into ( rooc ) mode everything froze as the time, i read the rca user guide the only thing it says turn it of or take the power cord of for few minutes and plug it back , after i did that i had no power what so ever so what is going on any one knows ????



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Had the same exact issue. RCA DRC257N was acting funny, frequently freezing up at HELLO screen, sometimes buttons would stop working during playback, requiring frequent unplugging to get back to working. Opened the case, pulled out the power board and noticed that capacitor C411 (1000uF 16V) was bulging out at top and bottom. Replaced with a $1.59 1000uF 35V capacitor from Radio Shack and all is back to good working order. Thanks.

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    Winston Johnson Oct 05, 2010

    Hello guys.... Thanks so much for the info on how to fix this issue. I have the same RCA HDMI player and I build custom computers and repair laptops and desktops. I have no problems with busting out the soldering gun to fix something. I had to rip apart a old dell tower to get a 3300u 16 volt and soldered it in and it fixed the issue. The 1000uf also popped at the bottom and was fried. Thanks again, I looked at the caps on the power board but didn't see the bottom one busted out at first, and don't think I would of noticed it without this info.


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Haha, thats funny! FixedThemAll is correct.

Before reading anything about the RCA DRC257N HDMI DVD player online, I decided to open the DVD player and inspect the power supply board after the unit failed.
I found that the 16v 1000uF capacitor can had a bulging top, and then with closer inspection I saw that the bottom was pushed out.
I was worried that the capacitor being damaged may have also effected more components on the board.
I decided to attempt a repair, without the use of a multimeter.
I looked around through my computer parts junkyard hoping that some board may have a 16v 1000uF capacitor. I opened up a computer power supply, and out of the dozen or so capacitors one of them was a match. I de-soldered the bad cap, and soldered in the new. The DVD player works perfectly now.

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1000 µF 16v cap

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The terse, unexplained, and therefore useless, answer of "1000uF 16v cap." apparently is in reference to C411 on the power supply board, which is a large Electrolytic capacitor that is the final filter stage on the DC power going out the the main system board. If this capacitor is not functioning properly, there could be ripple in what should be a pure DC voltage feeding the logic and video circuits of the system. ANY fluctuations in this DC voltage can cause erratic behaviour throughout the system. Symptoms such as weird displays, functions not working properly, intereference in the video, and total failure can be attributed to "dirty" DC voltages to the main board. This is true regarding ALL of the big "black can" capacitors on the power supply board. A user's ability to replace ANY circuit components would be limited to their competency with a solidering iorn, removal, repair and replacement of circuit boards, and would be done STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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