Capacitor replacement success in DMR E85H! - A long and detailed story. So I come home last week to find my favorite piece of electronic gear the Panasonic DMR E85H is completely dead. it's acting as if it's not plugged in at all. I take the cover off the unit hoping it's just the fuse. No such luck the fuse is fine. So I do the google search and come across the wealth of info on afterdawn.com. A few years back I'd done the firmware upgrade but had not had a problem with the unit since. My search landed me around page 63 of the site. Within a couple minutes I found the info on the bad capacitors at 1270 and 1271 on the power board. Figured it was worth checking the capacitors in my unit. I'm no electronics expert. In fact until this repair I had never once even attempted replacing a component at the board level. I've worked in professional video post-production for about 25 years. From time to time I have done soldering of audio connectors and patch panels but am by no means an expert with an iron. With nothing to lose, I disassembled the unit. The cover comes off with 3 screws on the back and the 2 silver ones on the sides. Once off, remove 2 screws holding down the top of the hard drive carrier and 1 screw holding the hard drive ribbon cable to the carrier. I then removed the power connector to the hard drive and flipped the drive upside down and let it sit on top of the DVD drive. I then removed the 4 screws holding the bottom of the hard drive carrier to reveal the power board. And there they were - 2 capacitors with mild bulges and a bit of brown goo on the tops. To get the power board out of the unit there are a few screws at the corners and one on the back of the unit where the AC cable enters. I also had to bend back a metal hold down tab at front outside corner of the board. I flicked a multi-wire board to board harness off with my fingernail at middle of the inside edge and the board was free. On inspection, I found my bad capacitors were at positions 1260 and 1261. I don't recall seeing 1270 and 1271. Maybe this is a different version of the board or something. I de-soldered the bad capacitors and removed them. They were the 10V 680uf as described in all the post I'd seen on the subject. So it was off to Radio Shack for replacements. They did not have an exact match so I ended up with the 35V 1000uf. These have been described as a good replacement in other posts. Same form factor but slightly larger and blue in color instead of black. The Radio Shack part number is 272-1032. They cost about $1.50/ea. I put them in fairly confident they would fit. At first I was not sure which lead was negative and which was positive. I took a look at the other capacitors on the board and saw that the negative side has a marking. After soldering the connections I trimmed the excess leads and re-installed the board. I was relieved when I re-mounted the lower drive carrier and there was no clearance problem with the new slightly taller capacitors underneath. I had a slight problem with a piece of white plastic sheeting. It had fallen off when I removed the lower drive carrier and I had a tough time figuring out where it should go. Finally discover its' proper position is to the inside rear of the carrier spanning the area from the back of the drive carrier to the back wall of the unit. I assume this helps to keep most of the fans airflow moving through this side of the unit which contains the hard drive and the power supply. I did not want to leave this part out - I can imagine there would be some overheating problems down the road if I did. I finish re-assembling the unit and plug it in. I watch with great joy as the unit looks like it's going through it's normal power-up routine. Then, the DVD tray opens and I get an on-screen message that says "invalid disk". I push the disc tray in empty and again get the "invalid disk" message. I then do all the normal power cycling and unplugging of the AC that sometimes helps things reset. No matter what I do I still get the "invalid disk" message. Figuring the unit needed a deeper resetting I did the 5 second 3 button hold down I read about in other posts. After the reset, all I got on the display was "Test *L1". I curse a lot and try everything I can think off - all kinds of power cycling and button pushing/holding but always end up back at "Test *L1". Woke up in the middle of the night very frustrated with non-working unit on my mind. I went through it step by step in my head. Then it came to me! Did I reconnect the hard drive's power cable??? After work the next day I took the cover off again and there it was - no power cable to the drive. When I'd put the lower drive carrier back in the drive's power cable ended up underneath it. I just forgot to connect it. I hooked up the drive's power cable, and re-installed the unit. Powered it up and it worked like a champ!!! Observations & Conclusions: 1. The capacitor repair is easy 2. The "Test *L1" error indicates a hard drive problem (like being really stupid and not reconnecting the drive's power cable). 3. The DMR E85H is my all time favorite piece of consumer electronics gear! I was really bummed when I found it not working and ecstatic when I fixed it myself for $3 and what should have been 20 minutes of my time. In researching a replacement it appears as though DVR/DVD burner combo units are no longer sold in the US. I'm guessing their sale was banned due to copyright infringement issues.