My DVDR75 has started to report 'DISC ERR' on the front panel display when recording. The problem is getting worse, and now occurs with every disc, even new ones. I think it is the laser assembly, which requires replacement of the drive mechanism.
Philips service centre (0870 6010101) say they can repair the recorder for Â£141 collected and returned to me.
I decided to see if I could get hold of a spare drive unit and replace it myself.
The number of the drive unit is 9305 025 9070 (aka VAE8020/15) (This is Philips second generation drive the VAE8020. I would think the /15 refers to the mounting, and the trim panel on the front of the drawer.). The numbers are on the label at the rear of the drive unit itself.
I called the Philips authorised spares supplier in the UK, (Dutch West 01434 323232) and they have the part number on their system, but it is apparently no longer available.
The repair fee charged by Philips is an umbrella fee that applies to any fault with the unit. However, if the part is unavailable, they will still make the charge, and return the faulty unit, hence the reason for trying to source the drive unit and fix it myself.
My guess is that Philips have changed the drive unit, and it now has a new part number. Dutch West was unable to find an equivalent. I tried the Philips service centre, but I couldn't persuade them to let me talk to one of their engineers.
So, my question is: Does anyone out there have the part number for a drive unit in a DVDR75 that is different from the one above?
Maybe someone has had a unit repaired recently with a different drive unit, and they could take a quick look inside the case and have a look at the number.
I hope this also helps other members.
Many Thanks in advance.