Originally Posted by faster_pie
I have had this machine for more than a year and a half now and the other day, as I was trying to finalize a DVD that I had recorded a television program on, the player displayed the message "Cannot read. Please check the disc." I took out the DVD and inserted a blank one and it showed the same message. Does anyone know how I can fix this problem? I googled it but there didn't seem to be anything definitive. Thanks in advance!
Listen to the DVD Drive when it shows the "no read" error. Has it been making "grinding" noises? That usually indicates that it needs the routine DVD Drive rubber hub and spindle cleaning. The DVD Drive rubber hub attracts dust, debris and oily skin residue that causes a clamped disc to slip on the rubber hub during read, write and finalizing operations.
The usual routine service interval is every six to eight months, more frequently with heavy use, in warm, dusty or smoking environments; or where discs are handled with a finger through the center hole. This post and those following it have advice, information and photos:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post14479898Follow the advice and heed the cautions. It's very important to position the roller/slider to the far left at the rear of the disc tray, and do not extend the disc tray with the DVD Drive lid removed--serious complications may result.
Does the DVD Drive make "clunking," "chugging" or "errrp" noises? The problem might be as simple as a dirty lens that requires gentle cleaning at the same time as the hub and spindle are being cleaned, or it might be as serious as a failing or failed laser assembly. If the laser assembly is the problem your Panasonic may need an extremely expensive visit to a local repair shop--but do not despair! A better alternative to the local shop is the $130 flat-rate repair through one of Panasonic's corporate Service Centers in Elgin or Elk Grove Village Illinois:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1056657
Or, it might be time to step up to the outstanding Magnavox 2160 HDD/DVD Recorder:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post12244086
I write from experience. I own fifteen functional Panasonic ES and EZ series recorders, seven Magnavox and Philips HDD/DVD recorders, three more Magnavox recorders and one other Funai-built PYE recorder.