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How to open Panasonic vcr remote?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Tim, Dec 17, 2003.

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  1. Tim

    Tim Guest


    Have just bought a secondhand Panasonic NV-HS950B vcr (European model).
    Seller was upfront that remote isn't working due to the small vcr/tv plunge
    button under the flip top being stuck down. Easily fixed think I...

    Have removed the one small screw and am now faced with the still sealed
    remote which flexes slightly open at the screwed end but is otherwise locked
    fairly tight.

    Can anyone advise me on how to open this (particular) remote? In common
    with so many others I assume it's either a pull or pry apart or maybe
    sliding to unlock some catches but I'm a bit reluctant to go in full steam
    considering a replacement is around £90!!

    many thanks

  2. Hi
    Get one of those 6" pocket type stainless steel rules and use the
    rounded end to gently pry the two halves apart. Slide the rule along
    the seam, while gently pulling the two halves apart. You may have to
    angle the rule slightly as you go. There will be several small
    latches, and once started, the rest will separate fairly easily. Works
    on most remotes, and doesn't mar the finish like a screwdriver does.

    Also, make sure there aren't any hidden screws under labels, etc.

    Alan Harriman
  3. Tim

    Tim Guest

    thanks Alan - that's some helpful detail - I'll go slow and steady!

  4. Tim Mitchell

    Tim Mitchell Guest

    Check for screws hidden in the battery compartment as well, that's a
    usual trick.
  5. Tim

    Tim Guest

    thanks Tim - as it happened it was just the one screw and a careful sliding
    with a ruler along the seam did the trick... unfortunately I was then able
    to see that the reason the remote isn't working isn't so much to do with a
    stuck button as the pcb is cracked in two.......
  6. Are the traces copper or carbon? If copper, you can solder a jumper across
    the cracks. If carbon, try flexing the board to open the crack and then
    putting in a bit of graphite. When you let the board come back it should
    hold the graphite particles in.

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