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post #481 of 513 Old 09-29-2013, 11:38 PM
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I read thru this thread. So, to summarize, Panasonic's McAllen Repair Center is no longer fixing any Panasonic DVD recorders out of warranty? Or are they just not fixing older models, like the DMR-EH55S? I have a DMR-EH55S that has a defective laser drive.
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I read thru this thread. So, to summarize, Panasonic's McAllen Repair Center is no longer fixing any Panasonic DVD recorders out of warranty? Or are they just not fixing older models, like the DMR-EH55S? I have a DMR-EH55S that has a defective laser drive.

 

My 27 August 2012 post in this thread addresses your situation:

 

"These pages have a number of horror stories concerning the McAllen Texas operation.

Do not even consider sending an ES or EH series recorder to McAllen Texas. Do not even consider exchanging pre-2007 models for the problematic EZ series recorders.

You would do well to send a private message to mickinct concerning any repair your ES or EH series recorder might need."


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Thanks DigaDo for the reply and good word, this member did send his eh55 to me for repairs, I replaced the drive with a brand new unit. he also sent me the media DL-+ for me to test, 1 worked and 1 would not format in the new drive or any other machine I use even a brand new recorder, I suspect BAD media , and the fact that panasonics drives are not a fan of dl+ media. also tried and burned DL- media without an issue. I suggested to member to use only DL- media and was told that he did not like using that type because of pixelation and playback problems.

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The ONLY brand DL discs I use in my Panasonics are Verbatim, -R DL is best but I really only use +R DL because of cost. I've only had one failure with the Verbatim DLs but had tons of failures with Windata +R DLs and other cheaper DLs. Again because of this I ONLY use Verbatims in my Panasonics, 2.4x although 8x may be OK too, I've just always used 2.4x.
I rarely use DLs in my standalones, I mostly use them in my PC which for the most part burns even the cheaper DLs but I do wonder about their longevity.....
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The ONLY brand DL discs I use in my Panasonics are Verbatim, -R DL is best but I really only use +R DL because of cost. I've only had one failure with the Verbatim DLs but had tons of failures with Windata +R DLs and other cheaper DLs. Again because of this I ONLY use Verbatims in my Panasonics, 2.4x although 8x may be OK too, I've just always used 2.4x.
I rarely use DLs in my standalones, I mostly use them in my PC which for the most part burns even the cheaper DLs but I do wonder about their longevity.....

I have given up on finding any good -R DL disks. Do you have a source, other then vendors in the UK?

I have use the 8x DL media, and surprise, on my EH55s, and EH59s, the 2.4x, and 8x take almost the same time to complete an HS burn. I'm not sure I understand it completely, but one good test is worth a lot of forum rhetoric. smile.gif
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this member did send his eh55 to me for repairs, I replaced the drive with a brand new unit. he also sent me the media DL-+ for me to test, 1 worked and 1 would not format in the new drive or any other machine I use even a brand new recorder, I suspect BAD media

If he is using any DL media other then Verbatim AZO, then I agree, it is very likely the media. With the proliferation of junk media, the only two I have recommended for a while now are T-Y and Verbatim AZO. Anything else is a waste, even if it is cheaper. This week I have made a few DL disks, and have used Verbatim +R DL media. my EH55s and EH59s seem content with those blanks.

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I have given up on finding any good -R DL disks. Do you have a source, other then vendors in the UK?
Microcenter sells Verbatim -R DL blanks(on the shelf, I just saw them last week) as well as places like Amazon(US) but they only sell individually or in a 3 pack with jewel case, way too expensive and cumbersome for me frown.gif Even if they just had a 10 or 20 pack spindle I might be interested but not in jewel cases.
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Sent a PM to mickinct several days ago with a query about this, but have not yet received any response -- he may not want to mess with the handheld remote control for units he takes in for repair, just the main box.

The remote control for my Panasonic DMR-E85HS has one button which has become less and less functional over the past few months, and the button in question is the forward side of the variable-speed scan function (reverse side works normally). Pressing really hard may after some repeated effort may initiate the function or change the speed, but both requires increasing force and too many attempts -- a good contact is not being made or there is some other physical issue at play inside the remote. When this sort of behavior has occurred with other AV remotes I've always managed to correct or at least improve the function by taking them apart and cleaning all the contact areas with denatured alcohol and a swab on the internal circuit board and the button underside, but I haven't been able to figure out how the remote opens and don't want to use excessive force or tools to pry open something not so designed. There doesn't seem to be any screw connections anywhere, and despite trying gently to see if it will snap apart, I've not had any success so far and have been reluctant to apply more force until confident that approach is proper.

If any current or former owners of that particular model can enlighten me or offer other suggestions, I'd very much appreciate it. Cheers, Jim smile.gif
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Hi Jim good to hear everything is working for you the remote problem is not worth for me to fix cost wise and for you but check this one out
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Panasonic-EUR7721KG0-Replacement-Remote-Control-for-DMR-E85H-DVD-Recorder-/231056042261?pt=US_Remote_Controls&hash=item35cc036915

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Thanks, Mike -- eBay was on my list to eventually check out but it hasn't been that high of a priority just yet and I'm still inclined to figure out how to break into the remote to see if cleaning the contact areas will mitigate whatever is causing the nonresponsive behavior.
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jhvance,

I had a remote for the DMR-EH55S go bad. The Play button didn't work unless you pressed it hard a few times. The contact probably wore down. Not worth fixing - get a replacement on EBay. That's what I did for the EH55S remote.
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I've had good luck repairing many a remote but NOT Panasonic DVDR remotes frown.gif I can't get the bloody things apart, pry as I may they won't separate, and I've taken many remotes apart. I swear if I pried any harder the thing would break.
Not sure if they are glued together or what but I've given up. I also have a EH-55 remote with a hard to push PLAY key, I just purchased a replacement from a place someone mentioned here(not ebay where I have never purchased anything) but a place that sells just remotes. I think it was ~$25 shipped but I'm just guessing. The place I got it from sold what seemed like every model of Panasonic remotes.
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MICKINCT, I have a repair issue with a pany 100. How can I contact you to see about getting it repaired?

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Thanks for the responses jjeff and doomster, but after some careful effort I was eventually able to pry apart the DMR-E85H remote and clean the contact surfaces, so now it works quite well. The trick in getting the darn thing apart seems to be in starting from the bottom with a fingernail, then going to a flat-blade screwdriver in the opening produced (a spackle or putty knife might work, but is likely too wide) then working gradually around one side to "pop" the internal catches one-by-one. Once both the circuit board and flexible button-pad surfaces were cleaned with denatured alcohol, it snapped back together without any issues -- the transparent window on the front is a loose piece and needs to be placed in the correct orientation during the process, and requires a bit of dexterity to keep from falling out before the two pieces of the body are joined.
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If your Panasonic recorder is in need of repairs, I highly recommend mickinct. I just received my unit back functioning like new. Great guy and fast service. Thanks.
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My Panasonic dmr-ez48v is giving me "no read" message. At first I thought it was just that it didn't record the game I set it for, but now it shows with or without a disc in. I tried cleaning with the long Q-tip but it doesn't seem to have cured it. Is this something you can easily fix for me mickinct?
Can you please PM me?
I do not have enough posts to send one it seems.
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MICKINCT, I have a repair issue with a pany E95H. The audio went out, all else is functional, and authorized pany dealer said it needed a new motherboard, which is unavailable. Any feedback at all greatly appreciated.
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Repairs

I sent PM'S to last 2 posters no reply>>?

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I sent PM'S to last 2 posters no reply>>?
I wonder if they don't know how to access their PM screen?
Click YOUR NOTIFICATIONS near the top of the screen(to the right of the last time you visited) and select UNREAD PRIVATE MESSAGES.
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I don't have the necessary 15 posts to PM you, but I have a Panasonic DVD recorder question I'd like to ask you specific to my machine. If you could PM me it would be appreciated, assuming I can then reply to yours.

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Panasonic EH-50 - dead or sleeping?

I should have paid attention to the rules, shouldn't I? Enjoying these forums and have a lot of information I can use if/when I can have my Panasonic EH-50 repaired. Wish I could do it myself, but I don't have the skills.

Long story short, the EH-50 no longer powers up. I tried unplugging, replugging, etc., but nothing worked. I unplugged it and let it sit for 2 weeks or so, and getting ready to box it up and recycle the unit, I plugged it in and - surprise! - it came to life.

That, unfortunately, did not last long, and I wish to hire mickinct. If I need to post 15 more times, I will do that.

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I should have paid attention to the rules, shouldn't I? Enjoying these forums and have a lot of information I can use if/when I can have my Panasonic EH-50 repaired. Wish I could do it myself, but I don't have the skills.

Long story short, the EH-50 no longer powers up. I tried unplugging, replugging, etc., but nothing worked. I unplugged it and let it sit for 2 weeks or so, and getting ready to box it up and recycle the unit, I plugged it in and - surprise! - it came to life.

That, unfortunately, did not last long, and I wish to hire mickinct. If I need to post 15 more times, I will do that.

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No need to do that, Mick regularly visits AVS and is bound to see your post and PM you with information about fixing your EH-50.
I'd guess several of your electrolytic capacitors have dried out and failed resulting in intermittent start ups. Mick will replace anything bad and even ones likely to go bad, hang tight for a few days.
The EH-50 is probably my favorite Panasonic, I have several and they last and last(except when the capacitors start failing), the burners seem to be bulletproof!
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No need to do that, Mick regularly visits AVS and is bound to see your post and PM you with information about fixing your EH-50.
I'd guess several of your electrolytic capacitors have dried out and failed resulting in intermittent start ups. Mick will replace anything bad and even ones likely to go bad, hang tight for a few days.
The EH-50 is probably my favorite Panasonic, I have several and they last and last(except when the capacitors start failing), the burners seem to be bulletproof!
SENT a PM to member. thanks jeff.
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Thank you, Jeff. I have enjoyed this unit since 2005, and it has served me very well. It's good to know that you have an idea what may be wrong with it and that it might be fixed.

mickinct, I will call you later today. Thank you for responding so quickly.

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Yet another cry for help

Need an EZ17 repaired. Powers up and just keeps stringing 000000. Please send message for repair info. Thanks, geoindurham
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Need an EZ17 repaired. Powers up and just keeps stringing 000000. Please send message for repair info. Thanks, geoindurham
Sent member PM.

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Hello, fellow Panasonic recorder enthusiasts! I've been lurking the forums for about a decade or so, but now I must come out of the shadows. As a new member, I do not have the required 15 posts yet for private messaging. I am hoping MickinCT will see this and contact me. I have a DMR-EH75V whose DVD drive has apparently died. The HDD seems fine, but I can't burn new discs or even read regular DVDs.


Help me, MickinCT, I think you're my only hope!


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Hello, fellow Panasonic recorder enthusiasts! I've been lurking the forums for about a decade or so, but now I must come out of the shadows. As a new member, I do not have the required 15 posts yet for private messaging. I am hoping MickinCT will see this and contact me. I have a DMR-EH75V whose DVD drive has apparently died. The HDD seems fine, but I can't burn new discs or even read regular DVDs.


Help me, MickinCT, I think you're my only hope


Thanks!
sent a PM to member. GrouchoFan did you get PM??

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