Have you rebooted the machine please?
What I mean by that is unplug from the wall wait 5 mins replug back in again
On the unit itself you need to hold down the open close button\channel up\record buttons at the same time for 5 seconds you should get SERV in the window then press 9 followed by 9 again the unit should reset and hopefully U61 has gone let me know please
Trevor in that case the problem you have is bad connections on the micro-controllers taht control the machines mechanics, its a well known issue and if that service reset does not fix then you will need the soldering job done, i am not referring to a normal soldering iron but a flow soldering iron to go over the chips in which case you would need to get it into a panasonic service agent I was aware they were charging £40 if you brought it in (that was about 2 years ago)
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