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“H03 error all of a sudden”

written by on 18/10/2013

My important DVD is stuck. I called Panasonic and received absolutely so support on how to retrieve my DVD inside.

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★★★★★

“The Panasonic DVD-RV31 is solid and reliable since...”

written by on 04/04/2009

The Panasonic DVD-RV31 is solid and reliable since 2001 and still going strong. A shame it can't play DivX is all i see wrong with it. Trouble free DVD'ing for 8 years. The thing set us back about $450 AUD back then but has payed for itself with hassle free opeartion.

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“The Panasonic DVD-RV31 is great, although there is a...”

written by crass on 27/09/2005

The Panasonic DVD-RV31 is great, although there is a slight humm, but it's kept in a unit, so it's not really heard unless the doors are open.

Mine is just about a year old, so I wouldn't be too surprised seeing H02/H03 soon like the previous guys. In which case I'd try the suggestion of a squirt of compressed 02. That's what it's probably crying out for in the error message! Anyway, my fingers are crossed that doesn't happen to mine!

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★★★★★

“People have tried air compressor to clean the insides...”

written by jvc3jr on 25/09/2005

People have tried air compressor to clean the insides of the Panasonic DVD-RV31. After Google searching this, I finally found a way to fix the so-called "deadly" H02 problem. A thanks to "Miguel_Cerca" who posted this message on videohelp but this dude pretty much opened the cover while it was on, popped in a disc and pressed play..("then manually gave the disk a little push in the clockwise direction and bingo, no more H02 error"). I tried it and IT WORKS!!! Thanks Miguel!

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Dkmarlene's Response to 211404_jvc3jr's Review

Written on: 30/10/2005

I have the RV-61 with same problem. Then I read the comment from "jvc3jr" and tried to spin the disc by hand - it works and the error is gone. Thank's for that.

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Mefikyan's Response to 211404_jvc3jr's Review

Written on: 17/02/2006

Thanks Guys this really does work.\
I have a Panasonic S31a DVD Player and just by taking the top off the player, put a cd/dvd in manually spin the disk and it reads. An added touch blow out the inside with canned air from COSTCO 5 cans for $15.99.

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★★★★★

“To sum it up. If your looking for a good player that...”

written by Hunter1014 on 14/11/2004

To sum it up. If your looking for a good player that will play everthing from regular DVDs to Burnt DVDS in both formats. This is the one for you. If you love Music. This is the one for you too. It plays CD,CD-R,CD-RW & MP3s

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227568_Tkmulcahy's Response to Hunter1014's Review

Written on: 29/01/2006

This DVD player will not play burned DVD's.

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★☆☆☆☆

“I've owned my (not so cheap) DVD for 3 years BUT I...”

written by mistychi on 29/08/2004

I've owned my (not so cheap) DVD for 3 years BUT I haven't used it much. So I am very disapointed to get the H02 message which I understand from reading reviews on this and other sites basically means that the machine is knackered. Panasonic - never again!

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★★★★★

“My Panasonic RV31 DVD player was made in March of 2002...”

written by bimmer1904 on 08/06/2004

My Panasonic RV31 DVD player was made in March of 2002 and it still works great and so does my sisters which was made in February 2002. I believe, after reading all of these reviews, that this is a great product with a grimlin. I think that after reading your reviews and with my experience, you will be perfectly fine with this product if you take care of it. Keep it away from all heat producing units like a receiver of any type; and also trying to stay away from stacking the units. All products from any brand have their good and their bad sides. On the other hand, my Sony products have had a life of only one year. I take care of my products so if I can make my Panasonic last this long (if it is as bad as you say) then don't buy Sony.

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★★★☆☆

“I too, had the H02 problem with the Panasonic RV31 but...”

written by kightsight on 05/11/2003

I too, had the H02 problem with the Panasonic RV31 but found that a heavy dose of compressed air works wonders. Since my warranty had expired I removed the four screws on each side and the three in back (do all of this with all connections disconnected - power too). You then have to slide the top slightly back then lift the rear area up and off. There is a cover top that guards the CD that you insert. I then reapplied power, turned it on, inserted a CD, and while it was pulling it in, I applied a massive amount of compressed canned air under the cover area. Either some foreign material was over the laser pickup or maybe even a tiny insect will reside in that area sometimes. I've found all kinds of tiny spiders living in Fire Detectors that would set them off randomly. As far as using the "Reverse Skip - Pause - and Open/Close" reset to Initialize, it's important that you turn the power on first, then push and hold the following buttons one at a time, "Reverse Skip then Pause then Open/Close". The first two buttons may be pushed in reverse order, but the last to push and hold is the Open/Close. Since the whatever CD you use has to be "seen" by the internal laser pickup, there's always a possibility of "hairs - dust - strings - or other microscopic materials to cover the pickup. Nothings perfect folks. I personally have a few other Panasonic goodies and believe that they try to build equipment that will be worthy of their name. I DO NOT work for them, do not have any stock in the company, nor am I acquainted with any of their employees.

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Johnncy55's Response to kightsight's Review

Written on: 15/03/2007

Thanks! I took the top off of my Panasonic DVD-RV31 DVD player and blew the heck out of it after seeing the H-02 error, and bingo boingo, it works again, like a charm!

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☆☆☆☆☆

“The Panasonic RV31 worked great for about 1 year, then...”

written by Rick. on 28/07/2003

The Panasonic RV31 worked great for about 1 year, then died and swallowed the DVD. It tries to read for about 1 minute, then gives an "H03" on the display, then "Stop". It won't let me open the door to remove my DVD. Initializing with panel switches, pulling the wall cord, etc., don't work either. Guess this will be my last Panasonic product!

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“I was very pleased with this Panasonic RV31 when I...”

written by CeeJDee. on 21/07/2003

I was very pleased with this Panasonic RV31 when I first bought it - it seemed to be excellent value for money. However it has recently fallen victim to the dreaded H03 error and from what I've read elsewhere on the web I'm pretty sure it won't last much longer - all this at the tender age of 20 months. Try a web search on "panasonic" plus either "H02" or "H03" to see more sorry tales like mine.

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★☆☆☆☆

“The DVD RV31 was working fine until one day there was...”

written by JS. on 12/05/2003

The DVD RV31 was working fine until one day there was this H02 error. After researching others who had the problem, it appears that the problem is with a motor connection in the laser tracking unit. This H02 problem seems to happen in most cases just after the warrantee period expires so the concern is that Panasonic has planned obsolesence in this product. Would rate a 10 if this problem did not happen.

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★★☆☆☆

“My Panasonic DVD player was great I got it as a...”

written by Nick. on 03/03/2003

My Panasonic DVD player was great I got it as a Christmas gift in 2001.

I had no problems except for a background humming sound during all playback. It wasn't too bad but it got really loud at low volumes and made some films unwatchable. It may have just been my player though, as other reviews seem to praise the sound quality.

Last week unfortunatly the dvd player died, it stopped reading any discs and presented a H02 error. After reading around I have found that after about one year most of these panasonic DVD players stop working with similar problems and either a H02 or H03 error. It is annoying as it has just run out of its warranty.

I would recommend not buying this machine and buying a similar priced machine from a different manufacturer. It's a shame because appart from the sound and it's death it was a very good machine.

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97633_Bridget.'s Response to 76988_Nick.'s Review

Written on: 14/05/2003

Yup....well, as with most people, it has been about a year since I got my DVD player, and as with most people, it has died with a H03 error... I read that if you press pause, rewind, and open buttons at the same time until the screen says "initialize" it will work again. And it did for a few times, and now it's just Dead. (with a rental DVD inside which is due tonight.) Grr...I am really PO-ed.

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167684_Linraymond's Response to 76988_Nick.'s Review

Written on: 29/08/2004

I just experienced the H02 error problem with my Panasonic RV31. It's over a year old. I tried the pause/rewind/open trick but it didn't work. Here's what did work: I took off the cover (not recommended by the manufacturer) and blew it out with canned air. The reader begin to spin again and everything is fine!
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<br>Hope that helps.
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<br>Lin

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Samijubal's Response to 76988_Nick.'s Review

Written on: 02/07/2004

The problem is the cheap brush spindle motors Panasonic uses, DVDs spin much faster than a CD and the vibration gets dust from the magnets in the brushes causing failure.

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★★★★★

“Like this one alot. I just wished it played SVCD....”

written by Wtys. on 27/12/2002

Like this one alot. I just wished it played SVCD. Other than that I've never had a problem with it and performs very well.

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61855_Joe.'s Response to 60680_Wtys.'s Review

Written on: 31/12/2002

I've been having problems with my panasonic DVD RV31. When playing VCDs, the picture quality is choppy, in audio and video, but there is no problem playing regular DVDs. Does anyone know why?

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113395_Nuliki.'s Response to 60680_Wtys.'s Review

Written on: 06/07/2003

If you have purchased a Panasonic DVD player and experienced the deadly H02 or H03 error shortly after warranty expiration, contact me via email for potential participation in a class-action lawsuit.
<br><br>http://www.panasonich02.com/

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★★★★☆

“I bought the multiregion version of the Panasonic RV31...”

written by stu. on 18/06/2002

I bought the multiregion version of the Panasonic RV31 DVD player and until recently I have had no problems with it at all. I have found it an all round excellent player. Playing region 1 and 2 and RCE discs with no problems. However. I have recently bought two discs that refuse to work. I have found that this is not just me and that many people have reported problems with the deep gold discs. However. I have also had a single problem with a standard silver region 2 discs which reports as the incorrect region. All in all though I have been pleased with the purchase which was only £140 for a multiregion dvd player.

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☆☆☆☆☆

“My Panasonic RV31 DVD player was the worst purchase i...”

written by Noddy. on 15/06/2002

My Panasonic RV31 DVD player was the worst purchase i ever made, it has been nothing but a panasonic scam, screwing us, the consumers, over with their shabby advertising and weak electronic performance. So i've said what i needed to but don't be scammed because my friend bought one a couple of days after me and his is doing the same thing.....so think twice...

Pi**** off..

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★★★★★

“Bought this Panasonic RV31 DVD player with Christmas...”

written by Matty Rog. on 28/05/2002

Bought this Panasonic RV31 DVD player with Christmas money. Use it non-stop, hasn't failed me yet! It was good value for money and I found the best deal at COMET. I just wish that I could find a hack to enable me to watch my cheap american DVD's!

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Cayod67's Response to Matty Rog.'s Review

Written on: 25/07/2004

You need a Panasonic disc 2 to make it multi-regional.

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“I bought this Panasonic RV31 DVD player around 6...”

written by Reena. on 05/05/2002

I bought this Panasonic RV31 DVD player around 6 months ago to play DVDs and VCDs.

First one stopped playing VCD after 4 days. DVDs were working. Showed it to Panasonic, they gave me a new piece.
After 6 months this one went bad. Could not play anything - DVD, VCD, CD or MP3. Kept getting the error code H02 all the time on the display.
It was repaired in 1 week by Panasonic.
After using it for 2 hrs. am getting the same error and plays nothing. Need to send it back yet again. I Am just sick of it and want to just get rid of it.
Never buy this product. Panasonic quality control sucks.

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43197_Dissatisfied Owner.'s Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 11/10/2002

Thank you for spreading the word on this piece of junk. I had a similar experience. Check Amazon.com's reviews, and do not buy this DVD player!

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Nnxs's Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 25/04/2004

Same H02 error code. I have had the dvd for over a year and have played maybe 8 dvd's on it. This is ridiculous.

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Hildo's Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 27/10/2003

Same h02 error happened to me in Brazil.
<br>(Model is dvd-rv31br)...
<br>What about customer rights? Isn't this the
<br>case of a return? Or shouldn't Panasonic
<br>change with a newer model?

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92672_Ritch.'s Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 27/04/2003

Cela fait environs 1 an que notre DVD fut chager pour un autre. Même le modèle actuel nous fait défault. Je trouve qu'il répète leurs erreurs de modèle en modèle et c'est nous les clients qui payons pour leurs erreurs. Le prochain sera d'une autre marque!

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Christian W..'s Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 17/04/2003

Same problem. H02 hit mine a little after a year. I hardly ever played my DVD player which makes me even more upset.

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82745_No Problems.'s Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 24/03/2003

I've had my RV31 for 19 months now with no problems whatsoever. Probably several hundred hours of use, still plays everything, no error messages.
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<br>Battling anecdotal evidence! Ain't it great?

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73528_Fred.'s Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 17/02/2003

Same problem looks like I will bite the bullet and buy a new one!!! Wish I had read this before.

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62974_Nat.'s Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 06/01/2003

Thank you for writing that! I have the same problem at home and now my DVD player will not play any DVDs whatsoever due to the message H02! I have not had mine for a year!

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62972_Unhappy.'s Response to 22386_Reena.'s Review

Written on: 06/01/2003

Same thing happened to me. Buyer beware!!

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★★★☆☆

“Overall the Panasonic RV31 is a good basic to...”

written by Andy. on 12/03/2002

Overall the Panasonic RV31 is a good basic to mid-level DVD player.

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★★★★★

“THE PANASONIC RV31-THE GREATEST THING EVER! EVERYONE...”

written by Dan. on 16/01/2002

THE PANASONIC RV31-THE GREATEST THING EVER! EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ONE!

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29512_Erik.'s Response to 9711_Dan.'s Review

Written on: 27/06/2002

I agree it is the best dvd player in the world. it plays everything!!! 10 stars!!!!!! 10sssssssttttttaaaaarrrrsss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mcrii's Response to 9711_Dan.'s Review

Written on: 21/09/2006

According to your review, you just got your DVD last night. Don&#039;t you think you should wait a while to see if it continues to work for you before leaving an uninformed review comment? Mine worked great for a year or so and then the H02 error. I researched the web and found I could open it and manually spin it to get it to work. That worked the first time, but only the first time. Now it&#039;s down for the count. My opinion of this product is: buyer beware!

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219784_Harryindel's Response to 9711_Dan.'s Review

Written on: 06/12/2005

You might think it's great now, but wait until the h20 gets its work done.
<br>You won't be saying "up yours to anyone".

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Marcus40Mast's Response to 9711_Dan.'s Review

Written on: 08/10/2004

you obviously haven't gotten the HO2 message yet

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★★★★☆

“I really like this Panasonic RV31 DVD player. The...”

written by mrfiddlehead. on 30/12/2001

I really like this Panasonic RV31 DVD player. The engineering seems solid, and the user interface is intuitive (except, perhaps, for the strangely named 'Action' feature on the remote). Otherwise, this is a highly recommended unit for someone who is getting their first DVD player. Panasonic has for some years now continued to produce good quality equipment for much less than the other guys (who shall remain nameless ... Sony for cripes sake!)

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