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Self-Check Problem Every time I turn the machine on it displays error message U61 and then displays a message stating that the self check has failed and gives you two prompts. One to hit enter and it will power off or to press return and it will power off and try to correct itself. However, when I power the machine back up the same sequence occurs. It is a continuous loop and I cannot figure out how to correct the problem.

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  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2007

    I have the same problem. Tech support said I'd have to take it in for repairs (and that I'd have to prove it's under warranty, because registering with them doesn't actually do anything).

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2008

    I also just started to get the U61 followed by a failed self check. All you can do is power it off and on and it repeats the issue. Of course mine is now 13 months old. I did just open a new stack of DVD-R and put the first one in it before it happened. On another site a guy took it apart and cleaned it thinking something holding onto the disk was slipping. I may gibe that a try.

  • ecnef Jan 10, 2008

    My machine started doing the same thing.
    Ive had it for about 2 years. It started with the U61 error after
    using trying to finalize on Sony DVD +R disks. The first time I had
    used these disks.

  • myprob2 Apr 02, 2008

    Yesterday while recording a show, the U61 message showed up. Has anyone got an answer from someone that fixed this problem? Of course our warranty ran out in February of this year.

  • Lisa mazon Apr 21, 2008

    Have exactly the same problem. U61 error and when I follow the on screen instructions it does not correct anything except puts me into the loop of repeating the same steps as already described in here. Took us an hour to figure out how to get the disc out since it didn't eject on it's own by pressing the stop button and ch up button at the same time for 5 to 7 seconds. But now the tray sticks is out in the "unit off" position.

    It's interesting that the manual troubleshooting guide says "wait for the message to disappear ...the unit is not broke"...yeah right.....why does it need repair then?

    My unit is only 6 months old and the night before my DMR-ES15 gave out also after only one year. This one won't recognize any discs.

  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    I am having exactly the same problem as others have described. Is there any way of resetting to default factory settings?

  • vagle013 Jul 02, 2008

    I am getting a u61 message on my display

  • Anonymous Jul 07, 2008

    You say something about three screws, but where are they, how do I get at them, do I remove the top or what?

  • privatepilot Sep 12, 2008

    U61 code i have the same continuous repeating problem also as described above and it's driving me crazy.

  • schuko Feb 04, 2009

    I have the same problem. My recorder has gone into a loop of failed self-check and I can't use it. Just prior to this, the Flexible Recording stopped working, and then it stopped reading DVD-RW discs.



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You have the same issue as the one who is posted here at Fixya. But this requires you to open the DVD cover. If the unit is still under warranty, its best to bring it to the authorized service center. If not, you can try and test this if it'll work.

"I have the same problem (same error # same model of DVR).

I noticed it happened after I left a DVD in play mode and paused for a long time.

I saw a message on the Internet that error U61 can mean that the lens is unable to move (return to its normal position).

The Internet message said that person unpluged everything, then opened the cover to the DMR-ES15 (3 screws) and gently pushed the DVD head back towards the rear of the DMR-ES15.

I assume that would void his warranty, but I am considering trying it since the time to have it repaired versus the replacement cost makes the possibility of a "self-repair" attractive.

Here is part of that actual Internet message. I hope it helps you:

Yesterday, my DMR-ES15 started to malfunction, giving me the error U61.

No matter how many times I tried to press Enter, and Power On, the machine
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I took out the 3 screws holding the top in place. And then moved
the drive head mechanism back (pushed it towards the back of the unit).

I then plugged the power in, turned it on, and amazingly there was no more U61 error.

I test the unit this morning again and everything seems to work properly again!"


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