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Failed SMPS Revived With Module And Amp Added In PANASONIC DVD Player Model DVD-S2

By on March 18, 2023
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This DVD player was first brought to me in July 2015 when it was totally dead. That time, after several futile attempts to revive the SMPS section, I removed all the components from the primary switching section and the feedback section of secondary and connected a module to set it right.

I had also added an audio amplifier board of PAM8403, which works on 5V supply and drawing negligible current and gives a 3W output. Please see specifications here:

I had provided a volume control and an optional switch for on/off as you can see from the following pictures:

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This DVD player revisited in September, 2022, i.e., after seven years of service! I had replaced all the electrolytic capacitors during its first visit and also did thorough retouch of solder on the board. This is a peculiar DVD player with a very large power supply board with the front panel and display fixed on it and mother board (servo board) inserted from the top! I used to wonder why the manufacturers resorted to such very complicated designs on DVD players! Perhaps that time the CD/DVD players were in prime demand!

This visit was once again with the complaint of totally dead. Since technology had advanced and now we have five or four wire modules which take feedback and correct the voltage to the desired level automatically, I made another attempt to connect a five wire STR module instead of the three wire module (on which we connect only the red and black wire and ignore green wire. As I have covered quite lot about this module in several of my previous articles, especially that of CRT repair, I am not repeating it here!), for which I restored the feedback circuit and run DC circuit as these are required for its connection. But the power supply did not work and it was a clear indication of the failure of second winding on the primary section of SMPS transformer. As a replacement transformer was not available, I had to look into the reasons for the failure of the module that I had fit in it. First of all I removed the components that I had restored and tried with a new module from my stock and got the outputs of 12V and 5V. So far so good! Then I took the defective module and did a thorough retouch of the module and replaced all the electrolytic caps on it. The output was missing even then. So, I started checking the fixed caps and found 0.1uF 250V AC yellow capacitor reading weird!

The power supply worked very well after replacing this cap. So, fixed the module back in its place where I had done it last time! Now let us have a look on some of the pictures to understand all my statements better. I have provided notes for easy understanding (Please use control and upward arrow to zoom pictures):

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I replaced the flexible connector of eye unit, as it had got strained. After assembling everything back, I played a few CDs in full (playing CDs in full is very essential so that the eye unit will travel until the last and return back.

If we do not do it, it any defect in the sliding motor or its circuit will go unnoticed and the set would come back soon!). I fixed the top cover as I did not find any further issues.

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Mission accomplished and satisfaction got gathered happily as usual!


This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 72 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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  1. Andrew F. Ali

    March 18, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Excellent!!!. That yellow cap reading in nF was definitely the problem.

  2. Parasuraman S

    March 18, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Many thanks for your comments!

  3. Waleed Rishmawi

    March 18, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    thanks for the detailed information ( loved the photos of the repair process). I hope the customer appreciated this kind of professional and time consuming repair. have a blessed day

    • Parasuraman S

      March 18, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      Yes, he liked it very much! Many thanks for your comments and encouragement!

  4. Albert van Bemmelen

    March 18, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    It was clearly a special X2 275VAC safety cap that got shorted. Although you already had explained using a universal power module before it however this time to me was a very confusing article. And probably many readers must have been thinking the same what is about all those different 2,3,4 and 5 wire modules? Some modules I know about like the 5 wire module, and the 3 and 4 wire module that probably are the same module. But clearity on using all these different modules in my opinion is still very much needed here! Especially in this repair article that only added to the confusion.

    • Parasuraman S

      March 18, 2023 at 10:14 pm

      I have just avoided repetition of same things over and over again. Please see:

      Many thanks for your comments!

      • Albert van Bemmelen

        March 19, 2023 at 5:56 pm

        Thanks for the appreciated summary on these in previous repairs used universal power modules Parasuraman. I certainly will look those up to see if they clearify in how to use the yet unknown to me other power modules. You probably again could write a good book about this subject alone! And I certainly would buy it if you had!

        • Parasuraman S

          March 20, 2023 at 5:15 pm

          There is already a book published by Jestine Yong on alternative power supplies, I think! I remember to have bought one. Many thanks for your keen observations, comments and opinions!

  5. Imoudu.O

    March 19, 2023 at 2:51 am

    I appreciate ur write-up repair which started 2015,however I don't understand why u have to add audio amp to the unit,does it mean its original audio circuit was bad then? Then this 2 wire module,hope still available in market.Also I wonder why u have to install all those power modules at different interval l surpose.
    I would also like to read that 2015 acticle if u still have the acticle number.I was not an electronics techie then.Thanks.

    • Parasuraman S

      March 19, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      This was a DVD player, which did not have an amp inside. That was added during its first visit of SMPS breakdown. The module available in the market is three wire, Red-Black & Green. Normally the Green wire is ignored. Kindly read my reply to Albert van Bemmelen in which I have references of old articles on modules. Secondly, due to advancement in technology, I tried to revive the original SMPS once again. That is why I had to make several attempts. Hope this helps!

  6. Lynn Blakely

    March 21, 2023 at 5:40 am

    Parasuraman S: You are very thorough and cover all the bases, even giving the urls
    to the previous episodes of this dvd player. Your explanations are always full of procedures and techniques that interest most technicians. Thanks for your interesting repairs, we enjoy very much.

    • Parasuraman S

      March 21, 2023 at 11:55 am

      Many thanks for your analytical comments and loving encouragement!

  7. Tito Kanshulu

    March 21, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Excellent repair Mr Parasuraman

    • Parasuraman S

      March 23, 2023 at 2:59 pm

      Many thanks!

  8. Yogesh Panchal

    March 23, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    Good job!Sir

    • Parasuraman S

      March 24, 2023 at 9:08 pm

      Many thanks!


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