[QUOTE=Swedess;2194147]I have the [U]exact[/U] problem with my DMR-EH65, word for word.
[B]What was the problem and how did you fix it? [/B]
I’ve cleaned the spindle and lens but nothing worked and I really don’t want to loose everything on the harddrive, approx 150h…
Live in sweden so I can’t ship it to US
Grateful for any response
The key word in Bossmanleft’s post is “chugs” found in this sentence, “Also, when I open and then close the tray, the unit chugs away as if it where trying to load a disc even though there is no disc present in the tray.”
If the DVD drive makes “grinding” or “scrubbing” noises the problem is most often a dirty rubber hub.
If the DVD drive makes “clunking” or “chugging” noises the problem is most often a dirty or failed laser assembly.
The clunking or chugging noise comes from the laser assembly running up and down the rods hitting the stops in a failed attempt to read the DVD.
The problem might be with the laser assembly or the “Digital PCB,” a Panasonic’s “brain.”
Laser assembly replacement should only be attempted by those experienced in this type of repair.
The photo shows the (mounted) laser assembly from a DMR-ES15, a North American model manufactured in 2006.