Originally Posted by cajunboyz
CitiBear, So unlike the Sony burner which cannot be replaced with off the shelf burner, Are you saying the Magnavox mdr515 burne CAN be easily replace by the owner??
Aside from one or two very cheap Polaroid and RCA models a few years ago, no dvd recorder has ever used a generic off-the-shelf burner. They all have some sort of proprietary interlock to comply with anti-piracy measures. Prior to the current Magnavox models, this meant you were screwed when your recorder burner wore out: replacements were either not available at all for older models, or had astronomical pricetags averaging $250. The burner in the Magnavox models looks flimsy but has proved incredibly durable, far more than the Panasonic, Pioneer and Sony burners of classic recorders. If and when it does wear out, wajo has discovered the mfr (Funai) is willing to sell replacements for DIY repair at a very reasonable $67. This is unique in the history of DVD recorders: no mfr has ever before agreed to sell spare burners to the public, and they have never been affordably priced. I am thinking of buying one now just to store away, in case Funai changes their mind suddenly.
Originally Posted by timtofly
I have a Pioneer 810H and I can confirm after several test, that my DVD burner will easily play DVD's, but it will no longer high speed dub from the HDD.(...) I am curious if replaceing either the laser sled or changing out the electronics board from a similiar burner would work, or would the laser have to be recalibrated?
timtofly, I was going to reply to your specific Pioneer 810 post but it was unclear there whether you just wanted another 810 as a spare or were trying to repair your existing recorder. You can replace the burner in your 810, but its tricky and hinges on finding a still-working generic Pioneer DVR-106 burner that was sold for PCs the same year your 810 was marketed. Like all Pioneer models prior to 2006, the 810 used the same burner Pioneer was selling for PCs but with a modified controller board that has a proprietary recorder communication chip (depending on your specific recorder, it may also include an oddball connector instead of EIDE).
So, after you find a working 106 burner, you'd remove and swap their green internal controller boards, then put the "new" burner back in your 810 (in essence, replacing every burner part except the circuit board). Unfortunately you would also need a service remote and service dvd to complete the repair. With Pioneer now out of the recorder business, we "fans" need to find workarounds for such items. The sevice or "ID Data" disc is part number GGV1256 or GGV1302, if you contact Hakan at his excellent pioneerfaq.info website he can steer you to a download of the disc image. The service remote used to be extremely difficult and expensive to acquire, but Sony has now begun selling a cheap "clone" of it to be sure their older Pioneer-based machines can still be repaired. The part number is J-6090-203-A, in the USA authorized techs can buy it for as little as $12 direct from Sony or the general public can pay $25 from retail remote websites like this
. I'll give more complete instructions in a reply to your specific 810 post.