No I just switched the mains supply off as it is into a switchable socket
I have done that and it still comes up with the error code U81, it is definitely U81. incidentally when the mains is restored each time the clock shows the correct time.
It was purchased June 2007 and has 1 professional repair when the digital tuner failed. I have done some electronics in the distant past but am not very confident. Why?
Thanks very much Freddy. I think I will have to get another DVD recorder as I think the repair will be too difficult for me. If I do get a new recorder I may then try to repair this one so I can recover some of the progs, and films on the HDD. Alternatively I may try and find someone locally who would repair it for me. Unfortunately the guy on Ebay will only give his address once you have paid and committed to his service and I do not think I have a box in which to post the unit safely.
Thanks once again. If, having sent this reply I can rate your service I will mark it as excellent even though I did not like the answer.
.You're welcome John and I sincerely ***** ***** could have given you better news. If you end up getting a replacement I suggest trying to repair it on your own. The hard drive is independent of the boards so you should not loose anything even if you end up damaging the board. A local technician should still be able to recover whatever is on the drive. You can also rate this response I greatly appreciate it..