To narrow down the source of problems, the player/tuner sends to my TV. When the TV (tuner) is operated without input from the player/tuner, there are no problems with audio. Removed/replaced cables from player tuner to AV receiver. Changed from optic to copper, without correcting the problem. Because normal operation generally returns at start up, heat must be factor.
Oh, when using the player/tuner for movies, there is no lost audio.
AV receiver that plays the audio from the player is fine with other sources of input.
Is it reasonable to suspect that audio could be dropped from random channels by the player/tuner?
Any suggestions for locating the problem OUTSIDE of the player/tuner?
*** Sorry, this is my first day on this forum, and I posted the above elsewhere before discovering this discussion about the MDR513H/F7
I just had my 515 fail after a power outage. Symptom is that there is no time or any display on the front panel and the unit will not respond, even after leaving it unplugged for an extended period and then holding the front panel power button while plugging back in. Just looks completely dead.
I Googled this problem and found a solution on the Fixya site that said that there is a push button switch on the circuit board inside the 515 (and 513) marked "RESET" and that after pushing it the unit will function normally again.
As posted in the main Sticky thread on the Mag HDD/DVDRs on 7/9/12:
I just noticed that the instructions here say that the 515 must be unplugged for at least 2.5 hours before trying to revive a "dead" unit with the soft reset (holding the front panel power button while plugging back in until the display lights up). I had not read that before popping the cover and finding the internal reset button, so I do not know if my 515 would have been fixed by doing the soft reset procedure. I unplugged it for about an hour before trying the soft reset.
I wish you'd stop advising people to open their units to fix this "dead" problem!
As you stated in your follow-up THE FIRST TIME you posted this same complaint (shown in 2nd Quote above), there is a non-invasive way to revive a dead unit: it's a Soft Reset AFTER LEAVING a 515 unplugged for 2.5 hours or any other Mag/Philips unit unplugged for only 10 minutes.
Your Soft Reset failed because you didn't leave the unit unplugged long enough.
See my post on the Ver02C FW update available from Funai for recurring 513/515 freezing (dead) issues.
I had this exact same problem on the exact same model. Followed your instructions. Voila! Fixed. Thanks much. If it happens again, I think I will drill a small hole in the case and use a toothpick for future surges and resets.
I give up!
Some people are impatient, and don't want to sit on their hands with an unplugged Magnavox for 2-3 hours. For them, its worthwhile to poke around inside the unit and use the "hard" reset button to bypass the "soft" wait period (perhaps they need to leave the house and want to get their timer shows rescheduled ASAP). The extended setting / clock memory in some of our toys can be a hindrance to "instant gratification resets" (I wish more of them had a hard reset option).
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