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  1. Has anyone ever seen this code appear on the display, DB7FC27E19? I see it when turning the unit on, at first it shows WAIT, then it just turns off (the stand-by light never turns green). Any fix for this?
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  2. Member Krispy Kritter's Avatar
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    The last time a saw a list of error codes, they were 3-4 digit codes...like E05. That looks like gibberish. You may want to verify through Philips or a repair shop, but it is likely cheaper to replace than to repair.
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  3. DB means digital board, so it can probably be fixed by replacing the digital board.

    However, it will be much cheaper to buy a new unit than to have Philips repair it.
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  4. Originally Posted by qpskfec View Post
    DB means digital board, so it can probably be fixed by replacing the digital board.

    However, it will be much cheaper to buy a new unit than to have Philips repair it.
    It's been a while, this recorder has been sitting gathering dust. I had some free time and figured you were right about the digital board, but considering this recorder was fairly new I tought it migth be a case of bad solder. The way they solder electronic boards you often end up with cold solder joints; mostly on components with larger pins. I simply removed the power supply and the digital board and re-soldered the pins from the connectors. That's all it took to fix the problem.
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  5. This is just a reference for others trying to upgrade the firmware of their DVDR985. I spent some time searching for an answer and the only one I found lead to a dead site.

    The last version is 6.3 a.k.a ff12x. All the files I downloaded from Philips' website wouldn't work; during the upgrade the display would show "FILE EMPTY" and eject the disc. I tried the files for DVDR985/171 (my model #), DVDR985/172 and DVDR985 ver. 1.01 with same the result. I did a file compare between all 3 and they were identical.

    The solution is to search the Philips site for DVDR985A99 (looks like the file is on the US site). You will find a 68.61 MB zip that contains the same files as the ones I tried before (except dvdr1000.001 is bigger) and a bunch of others.

    P.S. I tried swapping the two dvdr1000.001's with the first fileset I got and it doesn't work. So, when it says FILE EMPTY, it must mean file missing.
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    I still have my firmware disc from my DVDR985.

    EDIT - it is 139MB dated from 2004(?).
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