My Panasonic CV-52 DVD player broke down for the third time in about as many years last night. Same problem as twice before: H07 Error. This is a well known problem with Panasonic DVD players, and is considered to be the result of Panasonic putting cheaper motors in their players.
The problem itself occurs when the spindle motor — the motor that actually spins the disc — fails to spin up when you try to play a DVD. The fix is terribly simple: a little bit of oil on the spindle arm itself usually does the trick (though this time it didn’t work right away; I left it overnight and the player started working again the next morning).
Think of how much waste we produce as a society when companies decide to use the cheapest components possible for their products. How many DVD players have ended up in landfills, poisoning the environment because of this problem? For the cost a dollar or two per unit, Panasonic could’ve used a superior component, and this waste could have been avoided. Ugh.