Was hoping it was just some bulged caps but can't find any. I have a half decent multimeter but don't know how to test the power board. Already identified the rails on the connector that goes to the main board that don't have power. But could that be because the power button is necessary to get it started ? In that case there must be some pins that have to be shorted to simulated the power on. There's some strange noises coming from it, very low in noise but noticeable if you put your ears close, don't think it's normall...
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You have probably checked for most of the obvious faults, burned parts in the power supply module, blown fuses or the obvious smell of burned parts. I've no idea whether the power switch switches the mains power directly or through a switching transistor like a PC does. Try tracing the switch leads back to the PS.
You can get odd sounds out of a high frequency switching PS.
Unless someone here has some better ideas, you should be able to find a service manual online for a price by doing a search for:
' Panasonic DMR-EH60 service manual '
- There may be a mechanical switch (to completely power off the unit, compared with being on just standby); check it.
- The soft power-on button can also become defective (permanently open); this can be checked with a tester.
- Normally, there is always some sort of standby voltage line (commonly +5Vdc, sometimes +3.3Vdc) that will always be on, to power the processor/remote control circuit. If this voltage is missing, power to the main B+ lines can't be applied even if front panel/remote control on/off button is pressed.
- There are many types of switch-mode PSU circuit design, at least where AC mains goes into. If the fuse didn't blow, and there is a single line filter capacitor (usually rated 400V or 450Vdc, in 220Vac countries), then at standby power about +320 to +360Vdc should be measured across it. If it's the half-wave voltage doubler type and there are two input filter capacitors, each should have +100 to +150Vdc across. These are dangerous high voltages so poke at your own risque.
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It lives! Would you believe it. I opened it one last time recently before throwing it away and there was a slightly bulging cap right where I never expected, on the mainboard. Forgot which one it was but just changing that solved the problem completely! I did have to dismantle the whole thing except the DVD RAM drive to get the soldering done, which was a pain, almost gave up the threw it away anyway, but just out of curiosity I slowly did it during a week and had a big surprise when I plugged it to mains.
So the power board wasn't the problem at all. The value of the cap was also very small, surprisingly!