Originally Posted by doswonk1
Same situation with my DMR-E85: had it unplugged for a while during a spate of summer thunderstorms (actually, mostly the threat of storms - not much rain here in IA last year). Plugged it in, HDD made some erps and chirps, and then the dreaded, unresponsive "Please Wait."
Sent it to MICKINCT, and I just burned some discs on it a couple days ago - good as new. Definitely well worth having repaired. Good luck!
It's a matter of money invested in 8 year old technology. The 85 has my Magnavox beat in all respects as far as editing
and editing options, viewing while dubbing, recording while dubbing, and it's ability to view from one chapter to another, while the Magnavox stops at the end of the viewing chapter, and putting together play lists, but, the Magnavox with it's built in digital tuner and upgrade, has the
advantage of picture quality over the 85, even using a digital converter. In short, the picture quality of the Magnavox falls in between
viewing the HDTV and the E85. Most definitely a difference. As long as you don't view the three together, The E85 surpasses the Magnavox
in most aspects. The remote on the Magnavox has the most poorly laid out buttons I have ever seen. But if you don't have an HD recorder, there isn't much choice anymore. In short, I guess you could say, it's better than nothing at all. Repairing it is still on the table as far as choices are concerned.
Then, there is always the chance, with it's age, 6 months down the road, who knows. I fixed it myself last Sept with all new caps, and a couple other parts that shorted or opened,and it worked liked new until last week. I don't want to deter anyone from fixing their E85's or similar, they can be worth it.
But that option may not be for everyone. I have a new working Magnavox, and I generally cuss at it daily because of the remote layout and not so hot editing
it does. I bought it for the simple reason, it was still available in case I lost my 85 permanently, and like I said, it was better than nothing.