Originally Posted by xmascarolmarie
You guys are amazing! Yes, the error code is SLF CHECK. This only happens when I am recording or editing. It never happens when just playing DVD's. After trying the entire re-set process, I've been discouraged. Could this really be a simple fix that someone like me could fix?
If a dirty lens prevents reading of a disc there may be a "NO READ" situation. The remedy is cleaning the lens. A "NO READ" situation may also be caused by slippage of a disc on a dirty rubber hub during read, write and finalizing operations. The remedy is cleaning the rubber hub and spindle.
These problems may, in turn, prompt a "SLF CHECK" situation.
Various DVD Drive noises help isolate the problem(s). "Grinding" noises usually indicates a dirty rubber hub. "Clunking," "chugging" or "errrp" noises usually indicate a dirty lens or failed laser assembly. Again, the first remedial measure is the lens and rubber hub/spindle cleaning.
If SLF CHECK does not clear the DMR-ES30V Service Manual indicates that there is a problem with the RAM (DVD) Drive and/or the Digital PCB. It is Panasonic's position that these may not be serviced in the field but require replacement.
If purchased individually from the Panasonic National Parts Center here are the current prices for some of these parts:
RAM (DVD) Drive VXY1867 $355.91
RAM (DVD) Drive PCB $63.32
Digital PCB $109.09 or $306.19 (it's difficult to identify which board is the actual Digital PCB.)
That's what the parts cost through a local repair shop or if purchased by the public.
Panasonic offers a $130 flat-rate repair through the Panasonic Digital Service Center in Elk Grove Village Illinois. This $130 flat-rate repair includes all the parts and labor to return a Panasonic to new functional condition. The flat-rate also includes return shipping from Elk Grove Village. More detail is found here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1056657
I am attaching a couple of earlier photos of my first DMR-ES30V, purchased new at WalMart for $220 on 9/2/2005. Since then this ES30 has accumulated more than 4,400 recording hours. It was fully functional at last use.