As the title states, after many years of daily DVD-RAM recordings my beloved DMR-ES10 refused to power up today. I pulled the top, and checked the fuse in the left rear corner where the power cord plugs in - it looked fine, but I pulled it and took it to Radio Shack to be tested. (I am not an electronics repairman and have no tools) The guy at RS said it was all good so I brought it back home, placed the fuse back in it's holder, plugged the DMR-ES10 into a different outlet that I know
is functioning properly just to be safe, and still no power up.
The largest capacitor, the one that is relatively close to the fuse assembly seems to have a fair amount of yellow "glue" on the side and bottom, but I thought I recalled reading elsewhere on this site that this is not unusual in the ES10s. The top of the capacitor where they usually bend open and leak out (if bad) looks perfect. All the tops of the other caps look good too.
Any ideas or suggestions for a cheap
fix. I doubt I will ship this to Panasonic for the $135 flat rate repair. When I can buy a Maggy with 160gb HDD from JR for $160 delivered, spending very much on the Panny doesn't make good sense to me.
That said, I do want a DVD-RAM Recorder to use in that stack for daily recording of throwaway tv, mostly due to DVD Remote Control conflicts. That rack of equipment currently houses a Sylvania HDRV200f, and a Philips 3576H. The Panny was the 3rd recorder in that rack and kind of necessary to avoid Remote Control crossover interference. The Sylvania and the Maggy 2160 remotes have crossover function, so I can't add a Maggy 2160 the that particular rack of equipment. Nor can I move my OLD Philips 3455H HDD Unit into that rack as I get a remote control overlap with the Philips 3576H. I watch waaaay too much TV.
So, if there is a reasonably cheap fix for the ES10, or a good cheap DVD-RAM Recorder to replace the ES10 that would be ideal.