I am among those who had the "please wait" problem, twice, and fixed it both times by following the previously posted procedure and replacing first 2 and then 1 leaking capacitors. Every time I did this, it worked fine.
Last week I happened to look at the front of the E85, and the front panel was blank. I have nothing. It won't power up. Plugging and unplugging the cord did nothing.
I have taken it apart again, and I don't see any obviously bad capacitors this time.
Any thoughts about what this could be? If it's something someone knows about that I could potentially fix myself, I'll do it. As much as this has been a good DVD recorder, I am not willing to spend $200 to fix it. I would instead look into one of the new Maganavox recorders.