[QUOTE=dvdvdvd;2646052]Well, the repair went as intended, but the display is still showing 'disc loaded icon on the front panel and not loading properly at all, so I think its died…
[B]Is there a source for these unreliable drives? Or is it worth junking?[/B]John[/QUOTE]
It’s been my experience that the 2006 model year DVD Drives are very reliable. I have several that have between 3,000 and 5,000 recording hours and are still going strong. I own two DMR-ES25 models, one in heavy daily use and another as a standby.
There might be any number of problems with your DMR-ES25. Here are some of them:
Failed or failing capacitors in the power supply. With this conditon the recorder will not complete loading up. The recorder will attempt but fail to run the power on self-check.
Failed or failing Digital PCB (the brains of a Panasonic). If this is the problem the remedy is replacement with a known good Digital PCB from another DMR-ES25. The correct replacement part might be difficult to find and most likely cost more than the original purchase price of the DMR-ES25. While Digital PCBs from most 2006 models have the same part number (VEP79132) they must be factory configured for the specific model recorder prior to installation. That means that a VEP79132 Digital PCB found in the secondary market might not work with your DMR-ES25.
Failed or failing laser assembly. The only remedy is replacement of the laser assembly with a known good laser assembly. The DMR-ES25 most likely uses the Panasonic 3331A laser assembly. A new replacement laser assembly and the labor to install it would most likely cost much more than the original purchase price of the DMR-ES25. A less expensive alternative is to find a 2006 model year Panasonic DVD Recorder with a fully functional DVD Drive and swap the DVD Drive into your DMR-ES25. Panasonic DVD Drives from other model year Panasonics can not be swapped into a Panasonic 2006 modell. The compatible DVD Drives are found in the DMR-ES15, DMR-ES25, DMR-ES35, DMR-ES45 and DMR-ES46, the non-hard drive models. The hard drive models use a different DVD Drive.
Occasionally good parts machines may be found on Craig’s List. In this AVS Forum thread I give some advice under my DigaDo identity:
If there has been a disturbance to a ribbon cable there is a chance that a ribbon cable contact has been damaged. This occurs when a contact “tooth” in the ribbon cable connector drifts forward as the ribbon cable is withdrawn, damaging the contact strip. The remedy is to drift the “tooth” back into place and trim off the damaged portion of the ribbon cable contact strip in order to provide uniform connectivity.
Also under my DigaDo identity at the AVS Forum I’ve posted a variety of information as to service and repair procedures and parts compatibility for Panasonic recorders. The AVS DVD Recorder sub-forum is found here: