[QUOTE=Batlord;2215150]Well i’ve given it a go, hasn’t worked so prob drive. And I’ve also managed to knacker the disc tray! Its stuck halfway out and can’t get it to move!!!
Looks like I’m stuck with an expensive Freeview/VHs unit[/QUOTE]
This recent post in another forum has instructions and photos that will be helpful with disc tray realignment/reinstallation:
Earlier posts in that thread may also address your situation.
When a Panasonic is giving “no read” and there are “grinding” or “scrubbing” noises this usually indicates that the rubber hub needs cleaning.
When a Panasonic is giving “no read” and there are loud “clunking” or “chugging” noises this usually indicates that the lens is dirty or has failed. Other problems may include a failing or failed Digital PCB or some problem with the ribbon cables from the DVD Drive to the Digital PCB (on 2006 models such as the DMR-ES45V and perhaps a few other international models) or the ribbon cables to the on-board DVD Drive controller board (on 2005, 2007, 2008 models and perhaps a few other international models).