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post #1561 of 1573 Old 09-18-2013, 10:38 PM
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Did you loop the video output to one of the line inputs? I've done that before and it acts very much like what you are describing.

Ken, thank you for that suggestion. It so happens, that I AM using S-video cables between two identical DMR-48's (from the output from the main unit, to the input of this unit, and vise versa). I had never considered that this wierd video thing I'm seeing might be some kind of feedback loop. Later on I will isolate this new unit, and see if the problem persists. Will keep you posted what I find.
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May I ask how much the part was and was it the whole drive or just the laser or assembly?
Haven't heard of your last issue, sure sounds weird eek.gif

Jeff,

You are one of the gurus on this site to whom I am grateful.

I swapped the whole drive. That wasn't my original intention. My original plan was to buy an extra drive so as to have it on hand for spare parts -- but then Panny wanted the 'dud' returned for core value, so I decided ok whatever, I'll go with that.

The basic website is: https://www.pstc.panasonic.com/Epartr/PartslistChoice.asp

Enter "DMR-EZ48V" on the right where it says "Search Parts by Model Number".

Hit Enter, then on the "Parts List for model DMR-EZ48V" page, scroll down a little less than halfway and you'll see the VXY-2010 drive, listed at $135.60.

Shipping is extra and depends of course on your location. The new drive arrived in about 4 days, and my total bill was about $160.

That got my unit working, and I'm happy.
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The new drive arrived in about 4 days, and my total bill was about $160.

That got my unit working, and I'm happy.

Ouch!

$184 for a defective eBay purchase.

Did you contact the seller for a partial refund or some kind of reimbursement?
I've had good luck getting refunds for damaged or broken items. Especially if the seller might have known of a potential problem.
The key is to be polite about it, no threats or accusations. Usually they are willing to work out a deal to avoid hassles or negative feedback.

For what you have invested in this unit, you could've bought a new import Panny HDD.
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Ken, thank you for that suggestion. It so happens, that I AM using S-video cables between two identical DMR-48's (from the output from the main unit, to the input of this unit, and vise versa). I had never considered that this wierd video thing I'm seeing might be some kind of feedback loop. Later on I will isolate this new unit, and see if the problem persists. Will keep you posted what I find.
If each unit is tuned to the line input from the other unit you will get stuck in a self repeating video loop. You probably don't need to isolate the new unit. If you select a different input or channel on either recorder everything should look normal again.
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Now that Ken F mentions it I've also seen that video feedback loop screen, as you described it looks psychedelic like. Happens when the video output is connected to the input and you monitor the output, of course audio feedback produces the very annoying high pitched whine.
I checked your link for the price for a "drive"(which I assume is a DVD drive and not HDD drive) for my EH-55.........$448.59 eek.gif I have to laugh at corporate pricing, couldn't be $450 or even $448.50 but had to be $448.59 biggrin.gif Needless to say I won't be purchasing any spare drives for my Panasonic.
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well, I guess I have gotten my life out of my panasonic DMR-ES46V. Just now really had problems - making the "clunking" noise - not always reading disc that had recorded shows on but not finalized.  I know it has to be DUSTY inside - because it sure is outside. Repair or replace? I tend to like to squeeze what is left out of my electronics and avoid the landfill.

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well, I guess I have gotten my life out of my panasonic DMR-ES46V. Just now really had problems - making the "clunking" noise - not always reading disc that had recorded shows on but not finalized.  I know it has to be DUSTY inside - because it sure is outside. Repair or replace? I tend to like to squeeze what is left out of my electronics and avoid the landfill.


If your still interested in using a DVDR I'd suggest taking mickinct up on his offer. Your ES-46V is one of the finest combos made, "they really don't make 'em like that anymore" :D

After being repaired hopefully you should get many more years out of it, Panasonic doesn't really make DVDRs anymore and ones made after yours were far inferior.

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I have a EZ48 and a 515 on FiOS. For both of your recorders it might help to disconnect the coax and run the channel scan to clear all the channels from memory. After doing that, run the channel scan again with the coax still removed until it progresses past digital channel 10, then re-connect the coax. FiOS uses some of the lower channel frequencies for scrambled channels and on demand services. Your "good" channels are actually carried on higher channel frequencies but they get mapped to lower channel numbers. If you have a good channel that gets mapped to one of those lower numbers already being used by the on demand service it creates a conflict. Running the channel scan with the coax removed until it passes those lower channel numbers prevents the conflict and allows the good channels to map correctly. This prevents the recorder from looking for a time signal on those scrambled on demand service channels.
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Ken F you are freaking awesome!

I also have Verizon FIOS and I could only receive CBS and FOX channels on duplicate channels 63.2 and 63.4 while NBC (4.1) and ABC 7.1 were at their normal channel locations.

Recently the duplicate CBS and FOX channels stopped working. However my HDTV still received the channels at their normal 2.1 and 5.1 locations so I knew they were still there and not scrambled.

I then read your append about scanning with the cable input disconnected until it progresses past digital channel 10 and it worked perfectly for my Magnavox DVD recorders. Now I do not have to rent digital adapters from Verizon to get the network stations.

I would have never figured this out on my own.

MANY thanks again!
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I then read your append about scanning with the cable input disconnected until it progresses past digital channel 10 and it worked perfectly for my Magnavox DVD recorders.
I'm glad it worked for you. It is a bit awkward programming FiOS QAM channels but at least we still have our locals in the clear. Most cable companies scramble all of their channels now.
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DVD recorder malfunctioning

Uh-oh, this is not sounding good at all. I wonder if anyone is still reading this thread?

I think I'm having the problem some people have mentioned on p. 52: you insert the DVD and close the drawer. Machine attempts to read it: does a sort of clunking beep - beep - beep - beep and then another beep I think a fifth lower. "NO READ". On TV screen: "Cannot read. Please check the disc". The suggestion is that it's likely to be a failed laser assembly rather than anything more minor (I've never got the unit serviced even :blush: - there's no mention of needing to do so in the manual) - and I can't run a lens cleaner because the unit reacts exactly the same way to that as it does to a normal DVD! It's now 2017, which I'd guess is probably a decade since I bought the thing: VHS recorders have gone the way of the dodo, seemingly being followed by DVD recorders, so where does that leave me? Will I be able to get spares at all (I'm in the UK, not North America)? Can I get it repaired? I don't exactly have the wherewithal to try servicing it myself. Can you still get DVD recorders at all, and if you can, are they any good?

The other thing that's bothering me is that I have a load of partly recorded, and therefore non-finalised, DVDs. Can they be finalised on another machine? A different Panasonic model? Or are they effectively useless?
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Uh-oh, this is not sounding good at all. I wonder if anyone is still reading this thread?

I think I'm having the problem some people have mentioned on p. 52: you insert the DVD and close the drawer. Machine attempts to read it: does a sort of clunking beep - beep - beep - beep and then another beep I think a fifth lower. "NO READ". On TV screen: "Cannot read. Please check the disc". The suggestion is that it's likely to be a failed laser assembly rather than anything more minor (I've never got the unit serviced even :blush: - there's no mention of needing to do so in the manual) - and I can't run a lens cleaner because the unit reacts exactly the same way to that as it does to a normal DVD! It's now 2017, which I'd guess is probably a decade since I bought the thing: VHS recorders have gone the way of the dodo, seemingly being followed by DVD recorders, so where does that leave me? Will I be able to get spares at all (I'm in the UK, not North America)? Can I get it repaired? I don't exactly have the wherewithal to try servicing it myself. Can you still get DVD recorders at all, and if you can, are they any good?

The other thing that's bothering me is that I have a load of partly recorded, and therefore non-finalised, DVDs. Can they be finalised on another machine? A different Panasonic model? Or are they effectively useless?
Yes, unfortunately, it sounds like your laser has failed, a not too uncommon issue with the EZ Panasonics. Nothing you can really do except have the laser replaced. Again unfortunate but it's not really cheap to have it done and generally with non-HDD models, not cost effective. Not sure about the UK but in the US it would generally cost ~$250 to have the laser repaired cleaning will do no good, it needs a new laser. If you could find one and had the wherewithal the part is probably only $30 or so(WAG) but it's not really something I'd attempt nor would most people.
As you said, DVDRs are basically dead, no real decent ones available new and old ones are getting harder and harder to find in working condition.
Yes basically any working Panasonic DVDR could finalize your unfinalized DVDs, if the DVDs are somehow damaged they won't be able to finalize but if not just stick them in any Panasonic and you should be good to go.
I personally don't care as much for EZ series Panasonics and instead prefer the more reliable ES/EH series or even older E series.
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The other thing that's bothering me is that I have a load of partly recorded, and therefore non-finalised, DVDs. Can they be finalised on another machine? A different Panasonic model? Or are they effectively useless?
I've been able to recover video from non-finalized discs on a computer using an application called IsoBuster. It's a $40 application you can get online and it's well worth it as it has helped me recover many damaged discs over the years.

I used these DVD recorders for all of my video recording for many years, but I've now moved on to using a network of computers running MythTV.
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