I bought a Panasonic DMR-E80H 80GB HDD/DVD Recorder off eBay. The description said it had an L1 Errror problem so I thought maybe I could fix it. When it arrived it didn’t come with a power cord, remote control, or anything - just the machine.
I used the power cord from my PS2 to power on the machine and it went to a blue screen that said there was an error and to press Enter. It would power off then back on with the same message but sometimes say to change the disc. I googled the for answers and came up with a self test mode for the e85 which I tried but it wouldn’t go into it. However, it did take a reset to defaults (I think).
I decided to try to swap the hard drive with one I had laying around from my 80GB Tivo machine. I was saving the drive in case I needed to restore an image from it for an HDD upgrade. I put the 80GB tivo drive in the Panasonic and powered on. It went into setup mode and seemed like everything was working perfectly.
Now I have a new problem. After watching a couple of dvd movies over the last couple of days I get up the next morning to watch another movie and it has playback problems. Large pixilation (blocks) occurs over the entire screen. Small pixilation at times. Pausing then playing sometimes fixes this but it mostly has problems all the time trying to decode and playback movies. Does anyone have any suggestions.
I haven’t tried cleaning the lens, but I’m planning to buy a dvd lens cleaner after work and give that a shot.
I’m hoping repairs, like swapping a e50 or e60 drive, aren’t going to be too costly since I bought the recorder for 70 bucks on eBay.