Frustrated with Panasonic DMR EZ48VK
My Sony RDR-GX7 DVD Recorder I had for eleven years suddenly stopped working. Any blank disc I loaded (including Sony) stated "Unreadable, load another disc". Contacted Sony Reps and they suggested a variety of possibilities but none worked. To repair, cost $250 (excluding shipping). Didn't make sense for something eleven years old and becoming obsolete. However needed a dvd recorder to convert a bunch of old family VHS tapes to DVD for my mom. Decided to buy another DVD Recorder. Surfing the internet, I found a used Panasonic DMR-EZ48Vk. From everything I read and its simplicity to convert VHS to DVD it seemed perfect for my needs. I found this from a reputable internet dealer so I bought it.
It arrived today and I've spent all day trying to get it to work. With the Sony recorder I was getting the Sony screen and setup information visible on my TV, it just wouldn’t record any blank discs. I left the Sony hooked up until the Panasonic arrived. Left the RF, Video Out and Component Out connectors in place so I could easily exchange and connect the Panasonic. Thought this would be a simple swap - Wrong. For whatever reasons, I can't get the Panasonic DVR Set Up screen to appear on my TV screen. Without it, I can't set-up anything. To make matters worse, a lot of the set-up functions requires the remote. Getting an error message that the remote control and the main unit are using different codes, can't change the code without visible TV screen. Tried working with the main unit but no luck. Unfortunately, the main unit only shows Cable TV mode. I need to access Antenna TV Mode. Seems I can't do it without a visible TV screen and workable remote. If I could someway access the Antenna Mode, this might solve my problem.
On a side note, loaded a regular DVD and it appeared on the TV screen and played with no problem. Also double-checked TV inputs and connections to DVR and their fine. I have RF connected by antenna cables via Antenna Wall Outlet. In using the Panasonic main unit for accessing channel numbers, for the cable numbers, some of the numbers appear on the TV screen in a Panasonic remote control picture saying, “No Signal”. Also for the heck of it, I reconnected the Sony to see if I still get the Sony set-up on my TV screen - yep.
Dealer is no help, they just sell the product. Panasonic support no longer provides support for this model. AVS Forum is my only hope. I’ve got sometime (14 days) to return but I must pay return shipping and restocking fees. If could just get the setup to appear on my TV screen, I think I’ll be fine. If not, I guess I have no recourse but to return it. So I’m hoping someone can help me in this regard.
Thank you for your time.