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I get no picture, nothing when hooked up- blank screen. I tried unplugging- same. On many AVS threads I have read of these units failing. I probably burned about 400 DVDS on this unit that I bought in 2005 from Walmart for $330. It is not uncommon after about 2 years for this model to fail.. Not a hookup problem because my ES15 Panny worked perfectly with identical hookup on same TV and SAT box. I believe it is an HDD failure. I plan to call Pioneer in LA and see if they can provide me with a local repair facility- Pioneer has a big problem on these units as to failure- They are one of the best when they work but... I hope that my Pio 640 does not repeat this . I wonder if Pio sells an extended warranty on the Pio 640 as Panny does on theirs. I would buy it if the price is reasonable. An electronic unit that you pay this much for should NOT fail at 2 years. I may try to take it back to Walmart as I have my receipt. Satisfaction Guaranteed!
 

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When my 633 died due to HDD failure it had the following symptoms when it was powered on:
  • "Power On" in the built-in display for several seconds, then
  • "hh:mm L1" in the display (I think it was on the L1 input when it failed), then
  • "hh:mm EPG" in the display, then
  • "LOAD" on the display

It would then cycle through the last 3 displays every 5-6 seconds. Despite the "LOAD" being shown there was no DVD in the machine.


I had mine repaired under my credit card extended warranty for ~Cdn$390, slightly less than a new 640 would have cost. It's working fine now.


I have a total of three Pioneers (533, 633 and 640) and I'm thinking it might be worth investing in a service remote so I can replace the HDDs if/when they fail...
 

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Originally Posted by HoustonGuy /forum/post/0


I get no picture, nothing when hooked up- blank screen. I tried unplugging- same. On many AVS threads I have read of these units failing. I probably burned about 400 DVDS on this unit that I bought in 2005 from Walmart for $330. It is not uncommon after about 2 years for this model to fail.. Not a hookup problem because my ES15 Panny worked perfectly with identical hookup on same TV and SAT box. I believe it is an HDD failure. I plan to call Pioneer in LA and see if they can provide me with a local repair facility- Pioneer has a big problem on these units as to failure- They are one of the best when they work but... I hope that my Pio 640 does not repeat this . I wonder if Pio sells an extended warranty on the Pio 640 as Panny does on theirs. I would buy it if the price is reasonable. An electronic unit that you pay this much for should NOT fail at 2 years. I may try to take it back to Walmart as I have my receipt. Satisfaction Guaranteed!

HG,


First off you JERK
, CONGRATULATIONS on your sale of your Panny in the other thread.


Second, have you thought about maybe just going out and buying a new HDD, and trying to replace it in the Pioneer 531?


I would think an 80GB HDD is probably super cheap, and from what I have read(I have an RDR HX-900 that appears to be quite easy to swap out a defective HDD if defective) it is not all that hard to do.


Since you seem to have a Plethera of HDD units, at least from your posts here
, there may be info here from someone who has tried it on that series of Pioneer units(531/533/633), and have been successful.


It would save you a TON OF MONEY, and you would also learn soemthing very valuable, as it may be similiar to do on other units(this I DON'T KNOW, just speculation on my part).


May be worth a try.


Find out, if you can, what manufacturer makes the drive that resembles the one in the unit. You "SHOULD" be able to purchase one at a COMPUSA, BEST BUY, ETC... for a pretty cheap price. 80GB HDD's should not be expensive at all.


Just food for thought.
 

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HoustonGuy... WalMart is usually excellent when returning things like that. I've returned stuff even without the reciept and they always, always give me a refund.... Even with the warranty being way expired.
 

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I have a total of three Pioneers (533, 633 and 640) and I'm thinking it might be worth investing in a service remote so I can replace the HDDs if/when they fail...

...And then Sean can offset the cost of his service remote by selling us replacement HDD's for our Pioneers! I have a 531 that was bought about the same time as Houston Guy. Although I probably haven't burned 30 or 40 DVD's...but the HDD has been working non-stop every evening.
 
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