Hi,Thank you for using Just Answer my name is ***** ***** I will help with your question.I am afraid to say most recorders with a error code U81 need an internal repair. The problem is often caused by a faulty surface mount integrated circuit and a capacitor. The components have become faulty and the voltage inside the player is lower than it should be and that's what is causing the player to be slow.If you would like to tackle the repair I can help you through it but you will need very good soldering skills as the one component is surface mount and very small. I might be able to suggest a local engineer to you who may be able to help fix the player for you.
what would the repair involve? would it just be resoldering a dry joint or would it be acquiring and replacing components?
It would involve replacing a capacitor and a IC like this
If I decide not to go ahead with a repair would I be able to recover the recordings on the hard drive?
Yes the recordings on the hard drive should be safe.
How can I recover the contents of the hard drive if I cannot access the drive?
Sorry I miss read the previous question.You would need to repair the device to access the contents or possibly placing the hard drive into another Panasonic recorder will help you recover the contents. The repair should only cost around £40 to have repaired professionally.
Many thanks for your help so far. You stated earlier that you may be able to suggest a local engineer who may be able to help fix the recorder for me. I would be grateful for a contact name and email or phone number.
Could you send me you postcode and I will look at local engineers for you or would you be prepared to post the unit to a repairer?
I would prefer a local engineer if possible. My postcode is CH3 7BD
Hi,I have had a look and the only engineer I could find that may be able to help has a website.http://www.coastaltv.co.uk/I hope this helps