DVD Player Repaired

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.

2 thoughts on “DVD Player Repaired

  1. For the cost a dollar or two per unit, Panasonic could’ve used a superior component, and this waste could have been avoided. Ugh.

    It would cost them more than a dollar or two. Every one that breaks down prematurely is another potential sale. It reminds me of Mike’s eliptical trainer. They put a plastic washer on a high tension part. When the plastic washer breaks, the entire eliptical exercise machine stops working. And the best part– another part is welded on so you cannot replace the washer after it breaks.

    • It costs them more in the long run. Lost sales due to inferior products. Most people are not going to re-buy from a company that gave them a bad experience.

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