Been reading the mail here for a couple years and many thanks to all the posters for the terriffic amount of fab info on these Funai machines.
I have an old 2160mw9a that just rolled up and died about a month ago and not a clue of what's going on.
Also have the MDR513 and MDR537, both of which are still running just like new.
All three of these have been protected AT ALL TIMES by being plugged into a Tripplite battery backup device, the Tripplite Internet Office 500, which is good for 350 watts. It gives protection for surges from the insane utility company but naturally, not lightning. Only protection from lightning is to pull the plug out of the wall and wait until the storms have passed.
This we have been doing right along. Anyway, my 2160 died a month ago and there haven't been any storms to unplug for, ha ha. Most of the time, this 2160mw9 sits unplugged so it doesn't pick up stray commands from the remote control, as everyone here knows how these things all use the same remote commands.
Well, I just went to plug in the 2160 a few weeks ago and nothing happened. It was like I'd never plugged it in. So I take off the cabinet cover, get out my Fluke Model 87 DMM, check continuity up and down the power cord, first one side, then the other, thinking a wire had broke in the power cord.
No, the line cord is fine. I pop out the 2 amp fuse and check with the Fluke DMM. It checks fine. Pop it back in. Look around for burned up components in the power supply area.
Nothing. No burned smells, no bulging electrolytic caps, no burned up resistors, no foul smells, looks and smells like a brand new unit.
But it's dead as a deer on the highway. Display completely blank, fan does not run, Hitachi hard drive will not spool up.
Check with the Fluke DMM to see if I have 123VAC at the spots on the circuit board where the power cord solders down. Yep. And a good fuse, but this rascal is dead as dead can be. Never had any consumer electronic device be this dead.
I found the RESET button on the big circuit board and pressed it. No help.
All out of ideas what else to do. It's no big deal really. It's almost 5 years old now and I can't say I got cheated as it's recorded hundreds of evening news broadcasts and football games so I got my money's worth. It just bugs ya, wondering why it's dead when it wasn't abused, no lightning storms to blow it out, not dropped, not kicked, not doused with coffee. Only a couple programs on the HDD that are not backed up to DVD's so no big loss there.
Does anyone have any experience sending one of these to Fuani for repair? Are they trustworthy to do good repairs?
If nothing else, posting this may serve as a warning to all the visitors here to this fabulous forum to ALWAYS BACK UP, especially if your units have games, shows, programs you would not want to lose, cuz an incident like this comes as a total surprise, completely unexpected, and since I can't spool 'er up, I have no access to the HDD so what's on there is lost.
The point being, this could happen to YOU, without warning. It sure has taken me by surprise.
Any suggestions much appreciated. Thanks for all the great info.
Bart.... So Central Missouri