Panasonic DMR-E85H DVD Recorder - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 15, 2017 | 258 views

scart to scart lead

Panasonic... | Answered on Nov 21, 2014 | 65 views

I would put in the same hard drive capacity especially on a ten year old machine, because the power supply could affect the capacitors on the motherboard and cause a short. Samsung hard drives work best with Panasonic hdd recorders.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 10, 2014 | 68 views

If you are asking this question, you probably don't have the experience to do the task without ruining the PCB. However, you can learn a great deal about the skills needed by watching some YouTube videos on component replacement.

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 06, 2014 | 70 views

Just wanted to supplement DC's solution with photos for those who would like to see the project before attempting. For the record this fix worked perfectly and my unit is back to perfect working order with all my recordings intact. 
Start by removing the top cover of the unit.
Working from the back of the unit you'll see the hard drive on the left. 
Remove the two screws indicated by the red circles in the picture above. Then slide the cover plate forward and remove.

Two cables are connected to the hard drive. Left side is power and the black ribbon is the data connector. Both come off pretty easily. After removing cables lift out hard drive. Here's what you get. 

Better view of cables after removing the drive. Remove plastic drive liner.

Remove the four screws indicated by the red circles in the picture above. Note the one at the top. (I missed this one for a few moments while putting it back together.) Remove drive mount.


Viola! You now see the burned out capacitors. Also circled are the four screw holes you just removed screws from and a cable that must be disconnected. (see next pic)

Gently pry up on the black plastic part of the cable mounted on the power board. You can see in this picture how I've just started to get it off a bit. You may have to pull on the latch in the center of the mounting. I did but I don't know if it was necessary. 

On the back of the unit remove one screw just above the power plug. Then rock and twist and hold your tongue just right to get the power supply board out.

You'll see the capacitor numbers labeled on the circuit board on the front and...

on the back. Use a soldering gun to melt the solder on these four spots rocking the capacitors out of the holes as you do so. Just don't get solder over to any adjacent circuits.

You end up with nicely marked pos/neg info on the board.

Get your new capacitors from Radio Shack or other electronics store.

The ones suggested by DC are more heavy duty so they are bigger. I chose to lay them on their side so as to not raise the height of the board components. There is plenty of room to do so making my decision to do so a no brainer.

I leave the leads on the capacitors long until the capacitors are positioned and soldered in good shape. 

Then clip the extra lead down to the solder with a wire cutter.
Thats it. reverse the directions to re-assemble the unit. 
Hope the pictures helped. They always seem to help me prepare for such an adventure.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 30, 2013 | 13,787 views

There are 4 680uf caps that should be replaced. I replaced them with
2 1500uf @25v which is slightly more than 1360uf (2 680uf in parallel) on the power supply board. You might have to bend them over as there are alittle higher.

Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 09, 2013 | 33 views

it's the same problem with panasonic dmr-e55 recorder ; must we slack them for another one !!! we need help seriously

Panasonic... | Answered on Aug 18, 2014 | 271 views

tried with other dvd disc doesn't work?.which not compatible region.

Panasonic... | Answered on Dec 07, 2012 | 14 views

I am assuming that is what they ment.

Because a DVD Player would not be able to Recored anything at all. And he did not mention anything about there being a VCR in it or anything about a VCR in Fact.

You would have to Have a DVD Recorder to Record anything onto DVD's

Panasonic... | Answered on Aug 24, 2012 | 57 views

The cooling fan blows in to cool the unit.

Kay at A2Z Electronics.

Panasonic... | Answered on Aug 09, 2012 | 101 views

If talking about a filter cap seen here it has two leads--one marked + and one - and also has the values marked for capacitance and voltage marked on it

soldered in with two leads

Cap for example may have marking like 2200 uf @ 35 vdc which is 2,200 microfarad at 35 volts DC max working voltage.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 13, 2012 | 28 views

The tuner in the DMR-58H is a NTSC tuner (analog). Unless you have a low power station in your area, you will need a digital-to-analog converter box to record OTA stations. It can record analog cable without a box as well. (Digital cable will require a box.)

The manual for the DMR-E85H is available from Panasonic here: .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(at least in my area there is only one station broadcasting an analog signal; it is a low-power transmitter and thus wasn't required to upgrade to digital with the rest of the stations.)

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 30, 2012 | 410 views

reset your device

Panasonic... | Answered on Jan 19, 2012 | 217 views

replace remote or take it apart and clean it with cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol. If this doesnt help
the problem may be in the dvd itself.

Panasonic... | Answered on Sep 22, 2011 | 22 views

Must be MICROSOFT SOFTWARE!!! LOL!!!, seriously check the power supply for the correct voltage when in operation...

Panasonic... | Answered on Sep 02, 2011 | 341 views

it probably requires RESETTING the device..
Turn it on..go to SET UP menu..and within the sub menu find "FACTORY RESET" and click it..
and wait until it RESET itself..
if it wont help pls let me know than I may propose something else....

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Panasonic... | Answered on Jul 10, 2011 | 138 views

Power supply may require all of the electrolytic capacitors to be replaced, along with IC1, a 12V 5 pin IC regulator. Note the original capacitance values and voltages of each cap before replacing any, and/or uprating their voltages. Also note the polarity of each cap in relation to the markings on the board (the + on the board should be opposite the negative marking/stripe on the cap).

It is best to replace all of these caps as well as the IC (type number prefixed by STR and should be available from Panasonic for this model), since this device may have been damaged by increased output voltage from the faulty electrolytic caps in close proximity to it.

If you are tech.savvy and have some experience with a soldering iron, you have a basic understanding of capacitors and their function, as well as extreme patience (this repair is time-consuming), plus you are not too concerned about the cost of parts (the caps are not terribly expensive), you should be able to repair this unit yourself.

Otherwise, it will have to go to an authorised Panasonic service centre, for repair by a qualified technician in a fully equipped workshop. If you decide to go this way, get a quote on the likely repair costs, and a second opinion on whether it is economical to fix or not - but it is up to you as to what course of action you take afterwards.

The downside is if you do take the unit to a repair centre, you could be without it for several weeks.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 25, 2011 | 56 views

Best bet is to replace all of the electrolytic capacitors in the power supply one by one, noting original capacitance values, and voltages (capacitance values are marked in µF as well as their voltage on their jackets), uprating the value/voltage where necessary, and observing polarity (the negative pole is marked by a stripe down one side of the cap, and replacements should have this opposite the + symbol on the board) when fitting new ones in the PSU.

It may also require replacement of IC1, a 12V 5 pin IC regulator, since this may have been partially damaged by the increased output voltage of the failing electrolytic caps in close proximity to it. This device has its type number (prefixed by STR) on its face, and should be available from Panasonic. Make sure if you order a replacement, that it is for THIS MODEL only, and that it is for the power supply in this unit.

Before you go out and buy a whole bunch of new electrolytic capacitors (available from most electronics stores including Radio Shack etc), take a visual look at the power supply (unplug unit from power point, and carefully remove the power board.) Examine it carefully, and note each capacitor that you can the value/voltage of - write it down, and obtain the closest replacements of each. Don't panic if you can't get a 20V 680µF, use a 25V 1000µF instead.

The total cost depends on how many electrolytic capacitors require replacing, but it is best to replace ALL of them one by one, to ensure reliability of the circuit they are in, in this case, the power supply. Don't worry about the IC regulator or any other parts just yet, do the caps first, as these are not terribly expensive, before taking any further action.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 25, 2011 | 128 views

The power supply board is the problem, one of the most common failure is the 1000uf capacitor "open" located near the power transistor that is heat sinked, value may be higher or lower with one or two caps, the second possibility is the power transistor may be open or shorted.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 24, 2011 | 255 views

I'm glad to provide the manual for the Panasonic DVD Recorder. Please click hear to download the same.

Please let me know if you require further assistance.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 20, 2011 | 116 views

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