It works. I got it all back together, plugged it in and went oh, no!! The dreaded 'please wait'. But I heard the hard drive spin up and voila, the time came up (must have a good battery backup for time as it has been inactive for almost a year sitting in the garage), the HDD display showed the active HDD, and then the no disc came up. At first the door wouldn't open, I popped the cover off and made sure the front panel connection to the board was good, and put it back on and everything worked fine. Put in a dvd, and it played (Not sure what was displayed as it wasn't hooked up to a tv, but I'm sure that is ok.)
Thanks to all, for your advice today. Total time spent about 3 hours, 1 hr of research, 30 of driving around getting parts (less than 10 bucks), and about an hour and half removing, repairing and replacing the board. Not bad!!
Not sure what I'll do with it now, the DMR-EZ27 has better resolution, does DL discs, but I do like the editing function. For now, I'll box it up and stick it in the closet, maybe use as a DVR for the bedroom TV.