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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

It's impossible to say for sure that it will. The best that we can say is that a bad capacitor COULD be the only reason for the problems you are having, but there are other more serious possible resons for them as well. The usual recommendation is to start with the simplest, most common, and easiest to fix solutions first.

Hey, Church AV Guy

Thank you for the reply. At the moment the only solution applicable would seem to replace the main capacitor, I'm just not sure if that alone will make the unit work again. As I mentioned in a previous post, the unit was banged a couple of times or so. Therefore, I don't know if just the main capacitor was damaged, or if there are other damages on the circuit board.

Tony

Here's the inside of the unit:
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post #812 of 876
I would seriously recommend you send a PM to MICKINCT about your recorder. He is the best qualified to suggest repairs. There are a lot of testimonials, including mine, as to how fast and efficient he is. The best part is, when he returns your machine, it actually works properly!
post #813 of 876
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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

I would seriously recommend you send a PM to MICKINCT about your recorder. He is the best qualified to suggest repairs. There are a lot of testimonials, including mine, as to how fast and efficient he is. The best part is, when he returns your machine, it actually works properly!

Hey,

Thanks for your reply. I will definitely do that.

Tony
post #814 of 876
In post #804 (on page 27 of this thread), I indicated that I had taken the cover off my EZ27K to clean the spindle. That fixed the problem and it's been burning DVDs like a champ since then. I do have one odd and annoying thing that I wanted to check on...

Prior to the cleaning, if my TV was set to component 1, the picture would come up as soon as I pressed the power button on either the box or the remote. Since the cleaning, there is no picture until the box goes through whatever boot-up process it has - then the picture appears when the clicks and whirrs start.

Does anyone know if I inadvertently reset or changed something to cause the delay in the picture appearing? And, if so, is there a way to change it back?

Thanks in advance for any help.
post #815 of 876

^^ Go into Functions, and under the setup menu tab and check the quick start option and see if it's still set to On. Quick start is what allows the immediate video signal when pressing the power button.

post #816 of 876
But note the power consumption when quick start is enabled is basically like leaving the unit ON all the time frown.gif
I think something like 3 watts OFF 18 ON and 17 with QS enabled(just guessing on the numbers but I believe they are about right).
post #817 of 876
As many of you in these threads know, I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder. This machine has an HDMI output. I have never seen what format the HDMI output generates since I have no HD sets. I am now in the market for my first HD set and I want to make sure I get one that will properly display the letterbox-format discs I've already recorded. My suspicion is that it stretches the 4:3 DVD image to 16:9. Can anyone confirm this? What does the Zoom function of the DVD recorder do with respect to the HDMI output? What other controls affect the format of the HDMI output?

I've downloaded several HDTV set manuals and they're all hopelessly lame at describing what their "Picture Format" controls actually do. I want to be able to connect my DVD recorder to the set via HDMI and adjust the picture so that the 16:9 portion of a letterboxed program will fill the screen. Can anyone guide me as to which sets have this capability?
post #818 of 876
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Originally Posted by rperlberg View Post

As many of you in these threads know, I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder. This machine has an HDMI output. I have never seen what format the HDMI output generates since I have no HD sets. I am now in the market for my first HD set and I want to make sure I get one that will properly display the letterbox-format discs I've already recorded. My suspicion is that it stretches the 4:3 DVD image to 16:9. Can anyone confirm this? What does the Zoom function of the DVD recorder do with respect to the HDMI output? What other controls affect the format of the HDMI output?

I've downloaded several HDTV set manuals and they're all hopelessly lame at describing what their "Picture Format" controls actually do. I want to be able to connect my DVD recorder to the set via HDMI and adjust the picture so that the 16:9 portion of a letterboxed program will fill the screen. Can anyone guide me as to which sets have this capability?
All you need to do is set "HDMI Output Display Aspect" on the EZ to "Normal" and 4:3 will not be stretched.

I have had many HDTV's and none have ever had a problem with zoom or having an option to select the proper aspect or full screen. I don't think you need to worry about that as a feature. Any TV will work properly in that respect.

I don't remember the exact behavior of zoom on the EZ because I don't think I've ever had to use it.
post #819 of 876
Was I just imagining a discussion-a day or two ago-in this or another thread where a fellow purchased an international Panasonic without realizing that the tuner doesn't work in North America?
post #820 of 876
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

Was I just imagining a discussion-a day or two ago-in this or another thread where a fellow purchased an international Panasonic without realizing that the tuner doesn't work in North America?
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No, NOT your imagination. I posted a reply to that thread, but after the update / upgrade last evening, that thread disappeared, and along with it, the record of the posting to it that was in my profile also disappeared. I've been wondering about it. confused.gif
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post #821 of 876
For whatever reason I think the thread starter felt slighted and deleted all his posts including the OP and title confused.gif I saw it that way with only our responses for a short bit and then the whole thread disappeared....
I can't remember the name of the OP or I'd search his name to see if his ID is still around....
Kind of childish IMO rolleyes.gif
post #822 of 876
Can you delete a whole thread that way?

It had been stated clearly at least twice that the EH69 did not have a tuner that would get stations in North America. He might have still been confused, but we DID warn him. The other unit he was thinking of buying didn't have a North American tuner either.
post #823 of 876
I remember the posts. I think DigaDo, jjeff and Church AV Guy all told the member that the tuner is useless in the USA. After all that I think he got a really good deal and went with the EH69 anyway. The member then posted a picture of the RF connectors stating he can’t hook USA cable in/out of it. I believe Luke went to all the trouble of quoting all the prior posts telling him that the international tuner will not work in the USA.

If he returns the EH69 – someone else will get a screaming deal?
post #824 of 876
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Originally Posted by Super Eye View Post

I remember the posts. I think DigaDo, jjeff and Church AV Guy all told the member that the tuner is useless in the USA. After all that I think he got a really good deal and went with the EH69 anyway. The member then posted a picture of the RF connectors stating he can’t hook USA cable in/out of it. I believe Luke went to all the trouble of quoting all the prior posts telling him that the international tuner will not work in the USA.

If he returns the EH69 – someone else will get a screaming deal?

Yes, I quoted some of the posts pointing out the lack of a usable tuner, but I suppose I might have come across condescending, which was not my intent, rather than informative, which was my intent. If he is unhappy, he can certainly return it to B&H for the cost of the shipping. No, no one will get a screaming deal as it was already an open box item priced as such. I'm sure that they will merely relist it at the price he paid.

Do you remember the name of the OP for that thread?

If this discussion lasts much longer, we should start our own thread rather than continue to hijack this one. frown.gif
post #825 of 876
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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

Can you delete a whole thread that way?
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AFAIK, *ONLY* a Moderator can delete an entire thread...
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SUBJECT: I've Seen This Before on Other Forums...
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

For whatever reason I think the thread starter felt slighted and deleted all his posts including the OP and title confused.gif I saw it that way with only our responses for a short bit and then the whole thread disappeared....
I can't remember the name of the OP or I'd search his name to see if his ID is still around....
Kind of childish IMO rolleyes.gif
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I've personally seen this SEVERAL times across OTHER forums, INCLUDING a forum (VCDHelp?) where our own AVS Forum Magnavox FAQ Master (under a slightly different UserID) edited *ALL* of his posts to something either "..." or "Deleted", since the posts could only be EDITED and not DELETED.

Temper, temper... rolleyes.gif

IMHO, it's beneficial if at least ONE replier QUOTEs at least part of one of the original posts. You never know what the OP is going to do...
post #827 of 876
For Everyone's Information:

Post #826 was SUBMITed *BEFORE* Post #825 - another NEGATIVE for this *NEW* "Improved" Forum Software... rolleyes.gif
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I have a DMR-EZ28K. Last night the power blipped off for a second during a storm and now it won't recognize any disks. I found it turned off completely (no display at all) so I unplugged it and plugged it back in. Power came back, but it doesn't recognize any disks. It tries to read them and says they're incompatible. I've tried to reset using the small button, but no change. Any ideas on what happened? Can it be fixed? My son has replaced the power supply on my other recorders when they blew out during storms, but this recorder still has a power supply obviously.
post #829 of 876
It sounds like a laser failure. Your best bet would be to send a PM(private message) to member MICKINCT. Laser replacement isn't really a DIY project and parts would be pretty hard to find.
http://www.avsforum.com/u/7545541/mickinct
post #830 of 876
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Originally Posted by ColleenT View Post

I have a DMR-EZ28K. Last night the power blipped off for a second during a storm and now it won't recognize any disks. I found it turned off completely (no display at all) so I unplugged it and plugged it back in. Power came back, but it doesn't recognize any disks. It tries to read them and says they're incompatible. I've tried to reset using the small button, but no change. Any ideas on what happened? Can it be fixed? My son has replaced the power supply on my other recorders when they blew out during storms, but this recorder still has a power supply obviously.

Is it making any new or different noises?
post #831 of 876
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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

Is it making any new or different noises?

Ok my son opened the DMR-EZ28K up and looked at it. The reading head moves down the track crashing into the end of the track at the center of the disk. The laser turns on and moves up and down trying to focus. It makes a chirping/beeping sound several times when attempting to read a disk.. Any ideas?
post #832 of 876
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Originally Posted by ColleenT View Post

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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

Is it making any new or different noises?

Ok my son opened the DMR-EZ28K up and looked at it. The reading head moves down the track crashing into the end of the track at the center of the disk. The laser turns on and moves up and down trying to focus. It makes a chirping/beeping sound several times when attempting to read a disk.. Any ideas?

When Church AV Guy asked about "noises" he was looking for the distinct noises that point to the type of problem. That basic diagnostic information is found in this 2008 post:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1055071/panasonic-2006-and-newer-dvd-drive-hub-spindle-cleaning-and-reassembly-complications/0_60#post_14479898

(I wish I had responded before the disc tray was opened after the DVD Drive lid was removed. This usually leads to reassembly complications. The remedial procedure is addressed in my February 2009 posts in the linked thread.)
post #833 of 876
I'm familiar with the noises they make when they are dirty. This machine and others have been taken apart for periodic lens and rubber hub/spindle cleanings previously. These noises are different. They sound like beeps. Four beeps followed by a pause and then one more lower sounding beep.
post #834 of 876
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Originally Posted by ColleenT View Post

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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

Is it making any new or different noises?

Ok my son opened the DMR-EZ28K up and looked at it. The reading head moves down the track crashing into the end of the track at the center of the disk. The laser turns on and moves up and down trying to focus. It makes a chirping/beeping sound several times when attempting to read a disk.. Any ideas?

Okay, I was being too unclear, which is my fault. Sorry. Does your unit make a beep, beep, beep, beep, burp! sound? Like these--different machines, but the same failure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJHyOwiEAIM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vfs1m2mTKM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah_ItV5RBUg

If so, than I can assure you that the laser emitter has burned out and must be replaced. I have had this happen to three or four of my (heavily used) units. If indeed it is making that noise, then all I can suggest is that you send a PM to user MICKINCT and discuss with him your problem. He has repaired my machines, as well as many others from users on this forum. He gets the job done.

Testimonials here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1400807/part-2-having-issues-with-your-panasonic-dvd-recorder-read/0_100

Luke
Edited by Church AV Guy - 6/17/13 at 1:27am
post #835 of 876
Yes that's exactly what it does. I sent MICKINCT a PM. Thanks!
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I'm considering getting a Magnavox 533 or 535 instead of repairing my DMR-ez28. It would cost about the same, but I'm wondering if it would work for my situation. I normally record in one room (DMR-ez28) while I'm working out and watching something else in the master bedroom. After working out I then go downstairs and finish watching in the family room.I have used my 2 DMR-es30vs forever using the RAM disks. If I were to get the Magnavox, I would need to be able to burn a DVD to take to the other rooms. Obviously not RAM, but DVD-r I guess. Is this the best option out there right now even if I wouldn't be watching directly off the HDD?
post #837 of 876

Sounds like you might only need a video/audio sender/receiver like the X10 model here?

 

No discs to move, watch from original source.

 

You could watch what you record from the other room!

 

I have no personal experience with this unit, but one Magnavox user posted that he has used one for 5 years successfully, sending TV to his patio.


Edited by wajo - 6/17/13 at 3:31pm
post #838 of 876
Is there any way to convert these Panasonics to region free status? My region free player was misplaced during/after a move and I haven't been able to find it yet. I happened to think that maybe modifying my DMR-EZ unit was possible...
post #839 of 876
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Originally Posted by SVTarHeel View Post

Is there any way to convert these Panasonics to region free status? My region free player was misplaced during/after a move and I haven't been able to find it yet. I happened to think that maybe modifying my DMR-EZ unit was possible...
Not that I have ever seen, recorders especially big name brand ones are rarely able to be hacked. I'd suggest checking out Craigslist or even a local pawn shop. I regularly see region free players(or ones that can easily be hacked) for $10-$20, Philips is a common brand that can be hacked.
post #840 of 876
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

All you need to do is set "HDMI Output Display Aspect" on the EZ to "Normal" and 4:3 will not be stretched.

Sorry for the late response.

mdavej, thank you for the information. That will make the process a lot easier.

I'm not as confident about all TV's having sufficient picture sizing options. Every set seems to be different. The manual for the Panasonic TC-L32E5 reveals that it has an impressive set of picture sizing options, even having separate controls for resizing horizontally and vertically. Unfortunately, that model has been discontinued. The Samsung U32EH5300F's format options are dependent on the input. From the manual:

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Picture Sizes available by Input Source:

––ATV, AV: 16:9, Zoom1, Zoom2, 4:3

–– Component (480i, 480p): 16:9, Zoom1, Zoom2, 4:3

–– DTV (720p): 16:9, Wide Fit, 4:3, Smart View 2

–– DTV (1080i, 1080p): 16:9, Wide Fit, 4:3, Screen Fit, Smart View 2

–– Component(720p): 16:9, Wide Fit, 4:3

–– Component(1080i, 1080p): 16:9, Wide Fit, 4:3, Screen Fit

–– HDMI (720p, 1080i, 1080p): 16:9, Wide Fit, 4:3, Screen Fit, Smart View 1, Smart View 2

Depending on the input source, the picture size options may vary.
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This makes it very difficult to determine what the actual functionality is and whether it will give me the functionality I need.
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