As I have said on a few occasions, I have 9 Panasonic DVD recorders, and have had three others that I no longer own. The earliest one was an E85, and the latest ones are EH59 and EH69 models. All are HDD equipped. Anyway, not long after I got my first machine, the E85, I found out that Panasonic made a remote for an older machine that had an open/close button, so I got one. I started to use that remote exclusively and got so used to it that I never used the remotes that came with any of my newer machines, just the one from the older machine, an E80 I think. I eventually bought a bunch of these remotes and have used them extensiely.
lately I have been having problems with some of these remote controls. They have been heavily used, and it seems that a few of the most used buttons are not working well any longer. I have to press harder and harder for them to work. Someone here recently said that remotes could be taken apart, cleaned and returned to working condition. I don't remember who said it, or in what thread, but whoever it was is correct!
I took the worst working remote apart, which luckily was put together with screws, and not glued or hot-melted together like some remotes I have. It is merely a rubberized membrain with carbon pads and a circuit board with the opposite pads. Both the board and the membrain were filthy. (How does dirt, grime and oil get in there, between the membrain and the circuit board?
I don't know!) I used contact cleaner from Radio Shack on the board, and gently washed the membrain with warm soapy water, scrubbing it with a very soft brush I use to clean mushrooms, let it all dry and reassembled it. It now works perfectly again, like new. I didn't want to have to buy a bunch of replacement ones if I didn't have to, so this was great.
Whoever made this suggestion, thanks much!