panasonic vhs/dvd player not recognizing

I have a DMR:EA38V dvd recorder that will not recognize dvds anymore. I use high quality DVD's and recorded about a month ago. But now it doesn't recognize dvd nor VHS. Simply says it does not recognize. I tried burned DVDs and commercial movie dvds and even a VHS tape but nothing is recognized. Time for a new one?

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(NT) Did you try lens and head cleaners?
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No, I've never done that, isn't it odd that both VHS and DVD would be dirty since I rarely use VHS? Does cleaning involve taking the machine apart? Don't know where the lens is?

My first reply and not sure why post area requires a new title?

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Did you want to discuss the forum software?

Back when I had VHS it was a special tape I slipped in. About once a year.

You seem reluctant to try a common thing. Beats replacements.

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I usually do fix things up, know about the VHS tape, that was easy of course. but the idea of cleaning a lens never occurred to me, I'll go to youtube and see if they have anything. Just not sure cleaning the lens, but will find out.

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About CD/DVD lens cleaners. Do not use on Blu Ray.

The lens to media height changed on BR/BD players so you know not to toss the common lens cleaner into a BD drive. I have the CD/DVD one in my kit and since about 1 in 20 drives spring back to life with its use we always try it on a cranky CD/DVD drive.

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I opened my dvd/vhs recorder after watching a Youtube video that explains it all. All was going well until the last screw and it was not going to turn. I tried every head I had and no luck, went to OSH hardware and bought a precise screw and still no luck. This screw is never going to move and my efforts basically bent it, not that it mattered. I might take it to someone but probably cost as much as a recorder.

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Your hardware, your choice.

I never have to open any of these systems. Why? Too costly. It incurs the 120 buck shop charge. The CD/DVD cleaner is so fast that we can ding them 20 bucks and send them on their way.

If I encounter a stuck screw we have ways from filing a new slot for the flat head screwdriver to drilling it out and using a proper sized sheet metal screw to replace it.

Old school mechanics?

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You're resourceful... I'm inspired, I will get that screw out! Trouble is it's a tiny screw but let's see. Thanks.

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no can do

I cannot get the last screw out, its too thin for a file, it's a really tiny screw and stuck in there. Good try anyways.

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Then power tool time.

We drill it out. Again, sheet metal screw may be the answer for its replacement.

In the repair world, you pick up all these ideas...

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no tools

Looks like I'll never break that screw, it's pin-head size and not going anywhere. Looks like new combo deck... at least they're cheaper then when I bought this one.

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