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How to Troubleshoot a Panasonic DMR-ES20

You can record onto DVDs with the Panasonic DMR-ES10 DVD recorder. Panasonic released the budget-friendly device in 2005 for the home user who wanted advanced features like flexible recording and the ability to handle DVD-RAM disks. Don't let the occasional problem or glitch keep you from recording movies. Troubleshoot the DMR-ES10 to pinpoint and resolve the source of the problem.

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  1. Press the power button on the DMR-ES20 to make sure it is on if the device's front panel display isn't glowing or won't respond to the remote control.

  2. Verify that the DMR-ES20 is plugged into a power source if it won't turn on when you press the power button. Connect the flat end of its included AC power supply into the left side of its back panel. An "AC IN" label designates the appropriate port, found adjacent to the recorder's cooling fan. Plug the pronged end of the cable into an electrical socket.

  3. Check that the recorder is connected to your TV if it turns on but nothing appears on your television screen. The included audio/video (A/V) cable must run between the device and your television. The cable has three plugs on each end, each colour-coded to match the port in which it should be plugged.

  4. Inspect the DMR-ES20's remote control if everything is working properly but the device won't respond to the remote. Open the battery compartment on the back of the remote and see if batteries are installed. If there are, they may be dead. Replace them with two new AA-sized batteries.

  5. Make sure you're using the right type of DVD disk if the device won't record movies onto it. The DMR-ES20 accepts DVD-RAM DVD-R for recording, and can play DVD-Video, DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD-RW. All disks bear a label designating their format.

  6. Tip

    If you still cannot resolve your issues with the DVD recorder, call Panasonic's product support and technical assistance line toll-free at 800-211-7262. Technicians are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays through Sundays.

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