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Panasonic DMR-EZ17 won't play DVD video included

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Hello,
I am hoping you all might be able to help me with my Panasonic DVD-R. I can't seem to get it to play and DVD or recognize and media. It just makes a high pitched whine and attempts a read and fails after about a minute of this. I did open it up and cleaned the optics and spindle.. No luck. I did also notice a leaking cap on the mainboard. So my question is do you all think this bad cap could be causing the issue? Has anyone dealt with this kind of problem on these Panasonic DVD-r's and successfully fixed them. I'd hate to throw it out as I have a bunch of VHS tapes still to copy over. Well thanks for any help and here is the video of the DVD player in action..

http://www.amrcreative.com/ariff/video/DVD_Player.wmv
Edited by ariff - 2/3/13 at 5:06pm
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I've junked all four of my 2007 DMR-EZ17 recorders, and my 2008 DMR-EZ28 recorder, all of them with failed laser assemblies just as demonstrated in your video.

This post has my description of the sounds made by a DVD Drive with a failed laser assemby:

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

I'm still using my favorite "workhorses," the 2005-2006 Panasonic ES and EH series DVD or HDD/DVD Recorders, as well as 2007-2011 Magnavox and Philips HDD/DVD Recorders.

Don't waste your money repairing an EZ17.

The best current recorders are the Magnavox 5xx series HDD/DVD Recorders. The first post in Wajo's sticky thread is the gateway to a wealth of information concerning these outstanding Magnavox HDD/DVD Recorders:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575/0_60#post_12244086
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Cool thanks for the reply.. Sounds like my Panasonic is junk and not worth fixing.. man I did not even really get to even use this DVD-R all that much.. OH well I'll keep my eye open for good deals out there.
Thanks!
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My EZ17 just bit the dust today, too! Seems like the spindle motor went. Put the disc in, makes some attempted access beeps, but no disc spin up sound. I agree, these Panasonics are junk, though. I probably got fair time out of it for a disposable caliber appliance...6 yrs maybe? It was a life fraught with buggy firmware behavior, as you may well know. I haven't had too many devices under the Panasonic name, but this one will no doubt stand out as the worst Panasonic product I've ever owned.

My Toshiba hdd/recorder, that I owned before the EZ17, continues to trooper on. She is a bullet-deflecting workhorse, for sure. The firmware was always dead solid to behave like it should, and perhaps the only thing worthy of complaint is its occasionally fussy handling of hdmi (which itself was in its infancy when this recorder came out).

Looked on Amazon just for kicks to see what else has been out there since then, and man is it a wasteland for recorders these days. It very much looks like technology froze for these kinds of devices somewhere around 2007, and the generously-featured, "built to last" looking models are pegged in a bizarro $700 realm. The $300 stuff doesn't even remotely look like it belongs at that price tier. I can't help but to imagine this is like a preview of what all electronics may look like in the future on the "America in decline" track... (quality has hit the floor in a sea of rebadged clone products with scattered examples of the "good stuff" at unobtainable prices because the $ has all but collapsed in value)
Edited by Mr. Hanky - 2/5/13 at 7:45pm
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

My EZ17 just bit the dust today, too! Seems like the spindle motor went. Put the disc in, makes some attempted access beeps, but no disc spin up sound. I agree, these Panasonics are junk, though. I probably got fair time out of it for a disposable caliber appliance...6 yrs maybe? It was a life fraught with buggy firmware behavior, as you may well know. I haven't had too many devices under the Panasonic name, but this one will no doubt stand out as the worst Panasonic product I've ever owned...

That's a failed laser assembly. If the laser doesn't "find" a DVD present there is a halt to spindle spin-up. I've yet to experience a failed spindle motor among my three dozen Panasonic recorders.

Panasonic EZ series recorders, introduced to the marketplace in 2007, are full of bugs and design flaws. That's why I continue to use 2005 and 2006 Panasonic ES and EH series recorders.

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