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I am having a problem with a Panasonic DMR-E100H.

I also own a DMR-E80H and had the same problem with that several times, but it was under extended warranty so I was able to get it repaired.

The issue is - the DVD drive "groans" with some disks (but not others)

Any idea if there is a self-repair I can do to fix this?

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The first thing to try for grinding Panasonic DVD drives is to clean the spindle. Check this thread for cleaning tips.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post14479898
The best discs for a slipping spindle are Ty's and 8x is your best bet. Tys are slightly tactile which helps the spindle hold the disc more securely.
Premium 8x -R Tys are just under $30/100 from places like SuperMediaStore.com.
I've had recorders grind and grone with other media and after putting in a Ty it's quiet as a mouse!
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I am having a problem with a Panasonic DMR-E100H.

I also own a DMR-E80H and had the same problem with that several times, but it was under extended warranty so I was able to get it repaired.

The issue is - the DVD drive "groans" with some disks (but not others)

Any idea if there is a self-repair I can do to fix this?

Thanks in advance

hi david....

well, i have a DMR-E95 machine ( circa 2004 )... the DVD burner in mine does make different noises, depending on disc inserted, but it seems normal for me.... lots of times, the DVD drives will make different noises, depending on how well they are syncing with a particular disc. there might be several seeks, followed by what i would refer to as a ' couldn't get it, try again ' noise, where the drive controller forces the head to re-home and re-calibrate positionally, and then re-do the sync attempt.... this would probably be louder and longer than syncing up quickly... i'd guess that one or more discs might be a bit tired or dirty or some such thing...

not sure i'd call the noises i hear ' groaning ' , but that's kind of subjective...

hope this helps...

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hi david....

well, i have a DMR-E95 machine ( circa 2004 )... the DVD burner in mine does make different noises, depending on disc inserted, but it seems normal for me.... lots of times, the DVD drives will make different noises, depending on how well they are syncing with a particular disc. there might be several seeks, followed by what i would refer to as a ' couldn't get it, try again ' noise, where the drive controller forces the head to re-home and re-calibrate positionally, and then re-do the sync attempt.... this would probably be louder and longer than syncing up quickly... i'd guess that one or more discs might be a bit tired or dirty or some such thing...

not sure i'd call the noises i hear ' groaning ' , but that's kind of subjective...

hope this helps...

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ron g

In this post I characterize the Panasonic DVD Drive sounds that clue one in as to what might be the problem:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post14479898

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Thanks for the information - I will look into these!

THis is the 2nd unit from Panasonic I've had and this seems to be a common issue.
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Wow I was able to fix it and no more noise.

Thanks for the pointers to the other threads which had the info I needed.

I really like these Panasonic units, but the design of this is very poor - the spindle shouldn't get dirty!!
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I really like these Panasonic units, but the design of this is very poor - the spindle shouldn't get dirty!!

Yes, they get dirty, but the drives in Panasonic machines seem to last quite a bit longer than those of other similar manufacturers. I'll take a cleaning over a very co$tly replacement any day, and that's assuming replacements are in fact available.

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Very true!!

Was dreading the large repair bill I expected...
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