[QUOTE=Zeman123;2297063]thank you all.
the price to replace the unit is more than purchasing a brand spanking new machine. I think i will just get a new machine and for sure, not a Panasonic. thanks again for the replies[/QUOTE]
The rubber hub and lens cleaning take fifteen minutes with some isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab.
If your DVD Drive was giving intermittent “no read” reports with “grinding” or “scrubbing” noises, rubber hub cleaning is indicated.
If the DVD Drive no longer reads discs and there are “clunking” or “chugging” noises the lens may be dirty or have failed. Clean the lens. If the lens cleaning does not remedy the situation then lens assembly replacement or replacement of the DVD Drive is indicated.
If the DVD Drive no longer spins up or the disc tray no longer opens the problem may not be with the DVD Drive itself. Ribbon cables, their connections, the DVD Drive onboard controller board or the Digital PCB are more likely problems.
With the common EZ series bugs and design flaws there is usually a glut of used EZ series Panasonics found on eBay. The last two 2007 EZ series machines I purchased were less than $21, including shipping. With the usual EZ series workarounds these machines have given minimally satisfactory service for the last nine months. Some parts like Digital PCBs are year and model specific, i.e. with a DMR-EZ47 one must use a Digital PCB from an EZ47 or EZ475. DVD Drives from other 2007 EZ series machines may be swapped, a ten minute job.
It’s best to avoid the Panasonic EZ series combo recorders but the DMR-EZ28 is a pretty good DVD recorder: