Originally Posted by StraightEdge
Does anyone know if the disc drives of these units are the same OR interchangeable?
No, these DVD Drives cannot be interchanged.
The DMR-ES40 is a 2005 model with the large black plastic DVD Drive VXY1867 with the on-board controller board.
The DMR-ES35 is a 2006 model with the the metal case DVD Drive VXY1916 (or VXY1972) where the controller board is built into the external Digital PCB.
See this thread for more information and photos:
Panasonic DVD Drive routine servicing procedures and basic diagnostic information is found in this post:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1055071/panasonic-2006-and-newer-dvd-drive-hub-spindle-cleaning-and-reassembly-complications/0_60#post_14479898Edited by DigaDo - 2/19/13 at 10:56pm