Hello all, and as a long-time lurker, I want to start by thanking all participants for this incredible thread.
My MDR515 has lost audio on current TV and new recordings, as well as having the DVD recorder going dead. No action at all with either the remote or front panel button on "open" or "close", though the panel read-out will say "open" or "close" on pushing the button. Keeps "loading", and then will sometimes generate the error message that the disc is unreadable, though the DVD tray is empty.
This is about the third time this has happened with this 515. Each of the two prior times, it happened after the hard drive got completely full of recordings. It has also happened a couple of times when audio CDs were in the tray at start up. Recordings made prior to going into the no audio/no dvd state still play normally, with audio. Very, very faint audio can sometimes be heard on live TV now with volume turned up. No audio on new recordings, but normal picture.
Previously, I was able to open up the case and remove the audio CD to restore normal operation, or delete titles from the HDD and do a reset to restore normal operation. I deleted titles and now have about 9 hours of space on the HDD, did both soft and hard resets. Left the unit unplugged overnight and did resets. Still has the same problems.
I did a skip 079 (from memory, think that's the right code), and it showed OK for the HDD, but bad cable for the DVD. Took off the case cover again, and cables seem tight. I'm going to remove the DVD drive tonight and reseat all cables, and also look at the capacitors for bulgey or leaky ones.
Anyone have other ideas or experience to share? I have really enjoyed my 515, and would hate to lose it.