Has anyone else had problems with the DVD player in Panasonic DVD recorders suddenly not reading any disk, either blank or prerecorded. I was recording from my 2 year old Panasonic XW380 to DVD one day and then the next day it just decided to not read anything. It is a replacement recorder for an older recorder (can't remember the model number but it had a 250GB HDD) which did the exactly the same thing to me (recorded to DVD fine one day and wouldn't read anything the next) but at 4 years old it couldn't be repaired as they didn't have the parts anymore and Panasonic kept it in exchange for the new one. So while I am hopeful that I will be able to get the XW380 repaired, it is possible that once again I will lose all I have recorded on the HDD unless I can copy the files via a PC to an external hard drive. And since the kids are continually filling up the HDD, it would be good to be able to copy them regardless.
Thanks to a couple of posts in 2011-2012 here on a similar subject, it does seem possible to copy the HDD files to a PC like I hoped so I have manged to do the following:
The XW380 has DLNA activated and is connected via an Ethernet cable to my router and a Windows 7 laptop connects via WIFI to the router. When I open Windows Media Player on the laptop, I can see the XW380 in the Other Library and can play what is recorded on the XW380 HDD through WMP but of course I can't copy it. When I click on the Computer icon on the laptop desktop, it shows my home network computers but not the XW380. Is this normal or am I missing something here??
I then downloaded Twonky Server 7.3 and VLC Media Player to the laptop as these programs seemed to be what people were successfully using. I found some instructions somewhere through Google that said to open VLC, be in Playlist view then choose Local Network and Universal Plug'n'Play so that the Viera server should open and you should be able to find the files on the HDD and chose where you want to save them. I get to the Local Network and Universal Plug'n'Play bit and VLC crashes every time, even after reinstalling it.
So I installed the trial version of Twonky Server and now I am really getting out of my depth as I know nothing about servers. None of the options I clicked on showed up the XW380 (sorry the kids have the laptop at the moment so I can't check what I did or take a photo of what network options it did find) so I am now looking for some detailed help for what to try next.
Thanks in advance for any help.