My 2006 Panasonic DMR-EH55S Panasonic DVD recorder won't read, play, or record discs. I brought it in to a local authorized Panasonic repair dealer last week, and it needs a new digital drive. The HDD works fine, and I can still record programs via the timer there.
I'd like to buy a used 2006 Panny DVD recorder (with a well working digital drive) from eBay or elsewhere, and replace the digital drive to the DMR-EH55S. From what I've been reading, I understand it's possible to do so. True? How difficult is this to do?
Which specific 2006 Panny DVD recorder models can I use for this"swap".
Thanks in advance for the info.
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Consult the parts list in the service manual:
Then compare the part number against other models, or search for the part number on the Internet. Parts suppliers usually list all compatible models for a particular component.
I cannot believe this has to be said, but you do realize that electronic components do not last forever, right? You can buy a 6 year old recorder if you want to salvage the burner out of it but in a few months you could be back where you are right now, needing to replace the burner.
The following thread appears to be quite detailed.
Swapping Panasonic DVD Drives, Compatibility Considerations:
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Does your drive have two cables, one for power and a flex cable for data? Or does it have several cables for the various motors and for the optical pickup?
The former would integrate the digital electronics on the drive, much like a typical IDE model in a PC. If that is the case, then you could obtain a small adapter PCB that converts the interface to a standard 40-pin IDE type. I have scrounged such an adapter from an LG recorder. You could then connect the Panasonic burner to a PC, and capture an ATA Identify ATAPI Device dump. These data would include the model number, serial number, WWN, etc. Presumably you could then hack the firmware in a standard IDE burner and substitute the required model number and serial number, etc. I've hacked the firmware in my old Ricoh 2x CD burner, so I know that it shouldn't be too difficult.
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