Kelson, I'm glad I tried(or tried) to try (god that sounds awful) your reset methods on my Panny EZ series DVR. As someone noted earlier in this thread, it's frusterating when a company decides to change certin feature sets in there product line. People get used to those features(even make recomendations to others) but they do not work on the there most recent product offerings. Here are my findings on your reset methods(which truthfully you DID only say worked for the Panny E-55 to the E-85 series).
I'm sorry, I'm very new to forums, and don't know how to "use quotes" like most everybody else. I've tried reading the forums FAQ's, but found nothing on this feature. So I will have to parafraze things. I'm also not the greatest speller, and cant figure out how to spell check my posts. So sorry again.
With unit ON I held the power button down for 5 seconds. All this really did was to turn OFF The EZ unit. Note I had several scheduled programs programmed in the unit at the time, and it should have displayed the "little red clock" but it did not. So I am going to assume....turning off the unit this way, will make the unit not record those events....just guessing. I also tried turning the unit ON (that is, it was in the off state) by holding the power button ON for 5 seconds. All this did was to turn the machine on. Nothing more, nothing less. By the way after this test I simply turned off the machine normally, and my "little red clock" came on. So I will again assume....the next event would have recorded(though with this EZ Panny one really NEVER!! knows if it will actually record a event
) sorry couldnt resist...
On the reset via ch up/ch down for 5 seconds. It did as I have proven before, reset several things in the machine. The clock, cleared all programs in schedule, some setup options, but NOT all.
On what you said would be a hard reset on your E- units, that is "with unit off, press and hold Skip Rev and Time Slip...etc." There's one little problem with this......There's no "time slip" button on Panny's unit anymore. At least with the EZ series. I think maby it went went away with the HDD's?? I personally have never had a Panny with a "time slip" button on the unit(of cource I have never had a Panny with a HDD, oh many Panny's of various ages, but not one with a HDD) Safe to assume, scratch that reset method on EZ Panny's. Note of course all Panny's I know of, have a "time slip" button on the remote.
I'm still looking for a reset method to reset the EZ series Panny's to there "out of box state" if anyone knows of one.
On the method to eject a stuck disc, eg U99, I thought this would be really handy for me, since I've had several.
...EZ's with this problem..
.. But also, this series of "with unit OFF, press and hold Power, Stop, and CH UP, for 5 seconds, also did NOTHING on my EZ Panny(note I did not have a stuck disc in machine, or a U99, but in a working machine(with a disc inserted) it did nothing).
Lastly on your method to LOCK eject(that is make it so unit will not eject a disc that is inside the unit), it DID work. Cool feature, never knew about it. I suppose a person could use it to, say keep someone from "steaing" a DVD that you had inside a machine. Probably handy for stores, that leave a DVD in a constant loop, advertizing something, or playing the newest DVD's. Although my guess is, that if stores bother to use a Panny for there display machine, they "probably" don't even know about this feature. I personally know I've never heard of it before. And I'm one of "those" types that likes to read a manual, cover to cover.
Finally for anyone interested in my latest DVR, the Philips 3575 w/HDD. I had really high hopes for this unit. I am tireing of this Panny EZ unit, and all it's quirks. Sadly I'll have to live with the EZ unit, until Panny comes up with a HDD digital tuner DVR. The reason is, at lease for ME, and this is only JMO, I don't think the PQ of the Philips even comes close to my Panny's(of any generation). Oh don't get me wrong, the Philips recording WS off of it's built in digital tuner may.... look better than SD recorded off any of my Panny's, but it is "my personal opinion"(and I'm one that really likes the PQ of Panny's) There is no comparison between the two. If I had to compare the 2, I'd say for every given speed(data transfer rate) the Panny PQ looked twice as good. That is, for the 1hr Philips speed, it looked like the Panny's 2hr speed. For the Philips 2hr speed, it looked like the Panny's 4hr speed, etc. etc. Note 4? yrs. ago when I was researching DVDR's to replace my VCR, I spend several weeks buying, then returning units(Lite-on's, Centrios, Sony, LG, Pioneer). It was back then, and seems to be the case now(although this Philips is the only non Panny machine I had tried since my tests 4? yrs ago) I am destand to a life of Panny's, and all there quirks. After all PQ is my most important "feature"