Are there any Dvd repair engineers, who can help me out?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by jools 2001, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. jools 2001

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    have a Panasonic E30 Dvd Recorder, approx 26 months old.
    Over the past few months, i have had the following problems.

    Machine sometimes takes a while to read Ram disks,
    sometimes causing a u11 disc unreadable error.

    Also the machine sometimes when reading ram disks, makes what i can only describe a roaring noise!!!

    if i clean the lens with a lens cleaner, all is ok for a few days or more.

    I have opened up the machine to see if dust was causing a problem,and somehow getting on the lens?
    Blew some dust out from the machine,and all was ok for a few more days, but unfortunately the problem has returned

    Is there any way to get into the actual laser area of the box, as it is enclosed in a black case,but not sure if i undo the screws to access it, if i would do more damage than good

    Any help advice, would be greatfully appreciated

    regards

    jools 2001
     
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    It does sound like a possible dirty or US OPU (optical laser unit). The CD/DVD lens cleaners out there can only do a basic job of cleaning the lens, so if there is more dirt on the lens or if it has had its day then it would result in lens chatter (clicking when reading the disc) as it can't focus the laser. You can gain access to the lens by stripping down the laser unit as the case is only there to prevent the light from entering an engineers eye when the unit is being worked on whilst powered up, but if cleaning does no good then you need anew OPU.
     
  3. fbtools@tiscali

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    i'm glad in a way i'm not the only one, i have the e30 for about the same period and am having the same problems as you, unfortunetly i havent managed to find a solution to this problem as yet, if you come up with the answer please post a thread, likewise.
    cheers
     
  4. jools 2001

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    How much is a optical laser unit likely to cost to get replaced,
    or as i suspect, is it going to be cheaper to invest in a new machine :eek:

    Any advice greately appreciated

    jools :smashin:
     
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    A guide price would be about half the cost of a new one bearing in mind that a new model would be cheaper than what the E30 was when it was new.
     
  6. jools 2001

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    @ AVmaster

    It cost me £400 back then :eek:

    Can get the new Panasonic hdd E95 for £340 delivered :D

    So if it was going to cost me say more than £100, then would
    probably just dump it, and go for the E95
    Would you reckon it on being more than this amount to repair it?

    regards

    jools
     
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    Not entirely sure, but unless you live near an approved service centre then you would also have to pay courier costs which would push the price up even more.
     
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    Sounds like OPU, however this requires complete RAM Drive to be replaced due to specialised alignment tools/jigs involved to replace OPU, it is still economical to have repaired as a recycled drive will most probally be used at 1/2 the cost of a new drive, suggest referal from Pamasonic to your nearest specialised DVD repairer
     
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    same thing happened to my e30, which i also paid £400, i did contact panasonic and they said they were flexible as far as the guarantee went, and that if i got one of there service centres to check it out they might meet me with the cost of repair, which i thought was fair, unfortunetly for me i would of had to produce the original reciept, but alas after 2 years could i find a record of the purchase....no, so i gave up the ghost and puchased an e85 for £299. i know use my e30 in another room as just a player.
     
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    Looks like it going to cost more than £100 for repair and carriage costs,
    so think its going to make more sense to get the e95 for £340,
    and get a extra free years warranty off my credit card company,
    as reading the posts on here, there seem to be a heck of a lot
    E30,s have all gone wrong with similar problems,
    so wouldnt have much faith in it, even if it was repaired!

    jools :confused:
     
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    Looks as if you have nothing to lose. You could buy one of those aerosol air sprays for cleaning PCs, strip down the case and aim a few carefully aimed blasts into the unit and hope that clears any dust. Only a few quid for the spray and if that doesn't work treat yourself to the E95 option (Multiregion £354 from www.123electricals4me.co.uk)
     

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