Originally Posted by Tradevman1
Thanks for the advice on the ES15! Got the unit and found a power cord in my pile of stuff that matches. Powered up, played and then recorded a dvd-r from cable.
Everything looks great except I cannot get my older E85H remote to be recognized. Got a universal remote to do some basic functions, but still have a blinking clock when powered down. Should I leave the unit hooked up to the cable overnight to fix this?
Also opened case and see room to install a small cooling fan next to cutout holes? I have one from an old computer video card that would fit. Anyone try to install one there? Where on the board do you pick up 12 VDC ?
Plan to clean the spindle as everyone recommends and install the newest firmware from Panasonic's website.
Thanks for the pixs and encouragement. LOVE this website!!! Later, TD1
There is a space reserved on the motherboard for a fan power connector but there is no actual connector and the circuit may not be active. (That space is the box seen to the left of the blue dot appearing near the upper right in the first photo. Notice that the largest electrolytic capacitor, C1143 in the power supply section, is missing from this ES15 mainboard. I'm also attaching a photo showing the cooling fan in an entry-level DMR-EZ17 from the next model year.)
My mention of the lack of a cooling fan was intended to suggest that users provide enough air circulation around these recorders. Do not close up Panasonic recorders in a cabinet or use them near heat producing devices such as TVs, amplifiers or Motorola DCT or DCH converter boxes. These measures should be satisfactory to keep these recorders from overheating.
When you use your E85H remote near the ES15 the front panel display should show one of these messages, "SET 1" "SET 2" or "SET 3" indicating the operating code that the ES15 is set to, see page 15 of the DMR-ES15 Operating Instructions. That same procedure is mentioned in my earlier post. Temporarily
set the E85H remote to the code in use by the ES15. Then you may set up and configure the ES15. Once into the Setup menu you may want to Restore Factory Defaults that usually returns a Panasonic to operating code 1. Again, it takes just a few seconds to set the E85H remote to the ES15 recorder's operating code and then back to the original E85H operating code. The same remote code instructions are found on page 13 of the DMR-E85H Operating Instructions.
A universal remote may be able to control a few Panasonic commands but will not be able to access those found in the SETUP menus, SCHEDULE, DVD Management, etc.
The ES15 is unlikely to look for a time signal apart from a command initiated from within the SETUP menu.
Once the ES15 is fully set up and configured using the E85H remote--that's the time to think of a firmware update--not before
. Be sure to follow the firmware update instructions as they appear on the Panasonic Support website and observe the usual firmware update cautions.