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Pansonic e 85h won't play recorded disc or finalize recorded discs also unable to play previously finalized discs, hdd is working and recording fine, what could be the problem on this dmr e 85h panasonic dvd recorder?

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Chris you were right on with the cleaning I paid $50.00 for the lens cleaning from a certified Panasonic technician and now works like brand new I have invested a total of $200 for the power supply and lens/laser cleaning but I got the unit as a gift, minor probs with unit but great dvd recorder thanks!!!

Posted on Mar 29, 2010

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