Well, I suppose it HAD to happen. My EH69 DVD drive has failed!
It started out okay last weekend. I was making a series burns, getting stuff off the hard drive. My usual process (protocol
) is to make the DVD, then make a copy of it with my Copypal. Only after the Copypal has successfully made the copy do I delete the contant from the HDD of the recorder. Well, the after the third DVD that afternoon, the Copypal started to act "odd". It only copied a portion of the content to the blank, and then it beeped four times, and ejected BOTH disks. Thinking it was a glitch in the copy process, I put in a new blank, and the same thing happened. NOW, I reasoned, the source was ejected, so maybe it's telling me that the source disk is the one with the fault. So, I made another one with the EH69. this one copied fine on the Copypal. The next disk I made with the EH69 failed upon trying to write the disk name.
At this time I am suspecting I got a bad batch of T-Y blanks, but just to cover all bases, I got out a DVD drive cleaning "product" and went through the motions. After this, the drive would not recognize any disk I put in it, even finalized ones that it wrote itself, or ones written by my other recorders. I put in a -RAM disk, same thing. For DigaDo, I say the thing is NOT!
making grinding noises. It IS making a noise like plastic clicking, like a plastic gear coming to the end of a travel and continuing instead of stopping.
I unplugged it for a day, but it has the same issues as before.
It *DOES* play commercially pressed disks, but it won't even recognize any others. I wonder what THAT means?
I contacted B&H, J&R and World-Import. B&H and J&R gave me the same unhelpful reply. They have no idea where service could be found for ese machines on the west coast, so I should contact Panasonic. I haven't heard from W-I yet.
Does anyone have any advice? jtbell had a similar probem with his EH68, but has never posted a solution to this problem.