Panasonic DVD-LS850 Error H03 (any idea how to fix)?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by sharon, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. sharon

    sharon Guest

    I bought a Panasonic DVD-LS850 and it came up with the Panasonic Error 02
    within the Costco 90-day warrantee period. Now the new Panasonic DVDLS850
    portable DVD player comes up with Panasonic Error H03.

    When I put a movie DVD into the Panasonic DVD LS-850, it says "Reading" and
    then "Error H03". The motor does not seem to spin. Nothing plays.

    Any ideas what the problem is with this Panasonic DVD LS850 dvd player?
     
    sharon, Jan 19, 2010
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  2. sharon

    charlie Guest

    sharon wrote:
    > I bought a Panasonic DVD-LS850 and it came up with the Panasonic
    > Error 02 within the Costco 90-day warrantee period. Now the new
    > Panasonic DVDLS850 portable DVD player comes up with Panasonic Error
    > H03.
    >
    > When I put a movie DVD into the Panasonic DVD LS-850, it says
    > "Reading" and then "Error H03". The motor does not seem to spin.
    > Nothing plays.
    >
    > Any ideas what the problem is with this Panasonic DVD LS850 dvd
    > player?


    what does the instruction manual say about it? if it doesn't, what does
    panasonic say when you call the 800 # in the instruction manual?
     
    charlie, Jan 19, 2010
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  3. sharon

    Tony Hwang Guest

    Pete C. wrote:
    >
    > sharon wrote:
    >>
    >> I bought a Panasonic DVD-LS850 and it came up with the Panasonic Error 02
    >> within the Costco 90-day warrantee period. Now the new Panasonic DVDLS850
    >> portable DVD player comes up with Panasonic Error H03.
    >>
    >> When I put a movie DVD into the Panasonic DVD LS-850, it says "Reading" and
    >> then "Error H03". The motor does not seem to spin. Nothing plays.
    >>
    >> Any ideas what the problem is with this Panasonic DVD LS850 dvd player?

    >
    > The fix is pretty simple - Don't buy Panasonic or any other MatsuSHITa
    > brands. I've had extensive experience with a lot of their equipment and
    > similar equipment from more reputable companies like Sony, Hitachi, etc.
    > and have found the MatsuSHITa brands have problems at 100X+ the rate of
    > other brands.

    Hmmm,
    Quite opposite here I had lots of grief with Sony, no trouble with
    Panasonic. My HT has Panasonic Plasma, Blue ray player. Never had trouble.
     
    Tony Hwang, Jan 19, 2010
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  4. sharon

    Mike S. Guest

    In article <hj2t5g$csf$>,
    sharon <> wrote:
    >I bought a Panasonic DVD-LS850 and it came up with the Panasonic Error 02
    >within the Costco 90-day warrantee period. Now the new Panasonic DVDLS850
    >portable DVD player comes up with Panasonic Error H03.
    >
    >When I put a movie DVD into the Panasonic DVD LS-850, it says "Reading" and
    >then "Error H03". The motor does not seem to spin. Nothing plays.
    >
    >Any ideas what the problem is with this Panasonic DVD LS850 dvd player?


    H03 means the laser sled is stuck.

    The sled motor may have failed, or more likely the sled which moves the
    optical pickup is gunked up with dried lubricant.

    Slide it back and forth see if it comes free. If it does, try re-lube
    with light oil.
     
    Mike S., Jan 19, 2010
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  5. On Tue, 19 Jan 2010 01:55:55 +0000 (UTC), Mike S. wrote:

    > H03 means the laser sled is stuck.
    > Slide it back and forth see if it comes free. If it does, try re-lube
    > with light oil.


    Mike is right. Calling Panasonic will be a waste of time as they'll just
    tell you to send it in.

    H03 in a Panasonic DVD player almost always means the laser sled is stuck
    on the worm gear. When you open the DVD player, the laser sled is supposed
    to be near the spindle.

    What happens is, for whatever reason, the laser sled gets stuck near the
    outskirts on the worm gear. You won't be able to slide it inward because
    it's on a worm gear, but, all you need to do is move the little tiny 5mm
    wide plastic toothed gear on the end of the worm shaft to move the sled
    back to the spindle.

    You'll need to remove the battery, open up the bottom of the DVD player
    (about a dozen small phillips screws), and then rotate with a small
    flathead screwdriver the little toothed plastic gear on the far end of the
    worm shaft.

    Rotating that plastic gear will move the sled back to near the spindle
    where it belongs. I'm not sure how to lubricate the worm shaft when you're
    done, I guess a dab of automotive grease might help, but that's about it.

    You'd think Panasonic would make smarter equipment but if everything were
    this easy to fix, life would be a breeze!
     
    William Brammer, Jan 19, 2010
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  6. On Tue, 19 Jan 2010 02:17:44 -0000, Arfa Daily wrote:

    > Automotive grease is too heavy for this job.
    > use instead a light synthetic oil [that] has excellent 'cling' properties
    > on both plastic and metal ... to lubricate laser slides and drives.


    Arfa is right. I stand corrected.

    The gears in the Panasonic portable DVD player are really small. The worm
    shaft is metal but it's only about a mm or two mm in diameter and about
    half a DVD diameter in length. The little tiny plastic toothed gear which
    spins the worm gear is about 5 or 6mm in diameter and only a half mm or 1
    mm in thickness, with correspondingly tiny plastic teeth which can't handle
    much force.

    If you put automotive grease on all that, it might gum up the works. I just
    noticed Mike suggested a "light oil" as did Arfa so let's all suggest a
    light oil of some sort that works with plastic and metal.

    Maybe simple household 3-in-1 oil might be best.
     
    William Brammer, Jan 19, 2010
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  7. sharon

    bud-- Guest

    Mike S. wrote:
    >
    > H03 means the laser sled is stuck.
    >


    Is there somewhere you can look up error codes (Panasonic and other)?
     
    bud--, Jan 19, 2010
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  8. sharon

    sharon Guest

    Hi Everyone,
    It worked! The Panasonic DVD LS 850 "laser sled" was stuck on the outside
    circle. Moving the sled back to the center fixed the problem! Thanks!
     
    sharon, Jan 19, 2010
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  9. sharon

    Jules Guest

    On Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:27:16 -0800, William Brammer wrote:
    > If you put automotive grease on all that, it might gum up the works. I just
    > noticed Mike suggested a "light oil" as did Arfa so let's all suggest a
    > light oil of some sort that works with plastic and metal.


    Anyone remember the name of the stuff they usually use for small gears?
    It's more like a cream, looks like yoghurt (it's a very light grease, I
    suppose). I used to see it on things like floppy drive mechanisms all the
    time.

    cheers

    Jules
     
    Jules, Jan 19, 2010
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