Disc stuck in recorder

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Roy
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A few years ago someone gave me the answer to this problem, but Ive forgotton what it was. Anyway it's happened again. A RW disc , nothing wrong with it physically, I'd been trying to burn a video on it with vegas 10. Although Vegas architect recognized it and said it had successfully burnt the video to it, nothing was recorded on it. I then tried to play it on Panasonic DVD recorder DMR-Es120 and there the disc is stuck and the recorder is now in self check mode, and has been for ten minutes. I remember someone saying continually press open button and off/on switch at the same time. I've tried that with no success. Help please

DAVE M
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when I had that with a DMR 10 it turned out to be the DVD recorder, not the disc. Something to do with the PSU. I priced up a repair but bought a clearance recorder for £80 instead.

You could try to keep going with the method you've been working with and try to catch the machine out. Worst case, try to pull the drive open.

RayL
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Rather pulling the drawer from the front (which could quite possibly lead to breaking the front of the drawer off), take off the top cover and ease out the drawer from the inside. (Computer drives have that little hole in the drawer front which allows the drawer to be ejected using a straightened paper clip - it's a shame that stand-alone machines don't have the same)

Ray

Gavin Gration
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Possible answer here:-

http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/241484-panasonic-self-check-problem

I used to know the trick myself but it hasn't happened for a good few years.

rogs
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I contributed to the thread that Gavin linked to (post#8) and carried out the mod I linked to in that post (http://www.avforums.com/forums/3496863-post114.html) on my Panasonic E55.
Certainly cured the constant 'self check 'problem that I was experiencing -indeed the DVD recorder in question is still going strong! - but this problem seems to be directly linked to the stuck disc, so it would be a real coincidence if the PSU regulator had failed at exactly that time!

Roy
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It would seem that the DMR-ES10 hasn't got a slot underneath to release the DVD tray and I am certainly not competent to open up the recorder and try to release it from the inside. Pity the slot is missing. I've looked and I can't even see any small hole in the vicinity of the DVD tray.

Gavin Gration
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Just looked at our ES10 - the front flap opens easily enough but that tray looks nasty.

You could try prizing it open enough to get the disc to fall out but there's a good chance it will damage the mechanism and the disc.

LesWinn
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Joined: Sep 3 2002

Panasonis DMR-ES20 DEB. NO hard disc drive in this machine - just a recorder / player.

At rare times, when 'On' - message " Self Check" appears.
Then impossible to use the machine. Seems never to complete self check.

Remedy -remove main plug - replace. Has always cured problem.
Usually no DVD is in machine.

Les

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The only times I've had problems with stuck discs in DVD players, I've held the eject button on the player THEN turned on the power.

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

Roy
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Joined: Feb 21 2003

Thanks everyone who contributed. I have managed to retrieve the offending DVD-RW from the recorder and the recorder is now performing normally. Needless to say I have destroyed the disc. Unfortunately I have several more that show the same symptoms, they are no longer recognised by the burners, they probally need formatting, the only way I can do that I think is with the Panasonic recorder but I'm afraid to try it in case they mess up the recorder again.