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Rb_walker: I have a Panasonic DVD Recorder model DMR-ES40V. When I try to finalize a disk, it give me finalize fail error. I have unplugged the unit for 24 hrs to try and reset it and it still fails to finalize a disk. I am using the proper disks.

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  • Ron Walker Sep 08, 2008

    The DVD does record and I can play it back. I cannot finalize the disk. It keeps giving me a "final fail" error. Thanks for the help.

  • Ron Walker Sep 08, 2008

    Dan, I can play back the recording but I cannot finalize the disk.

  • Ron Walker Sep 09, 2008

    Dan, I think the problem is in the finalization stage. The other ideas did not solve the problem. Thanks for helping me.


  • Ron Walker Sep 11, 2008

    Dan, I down loaded the updates you described. I still get the "finalizing failed" error. Any other ideas? Thanks...Ronnie

  • zofia27 Jan 18, 2009

    I'm having a problem finalizing DVDs. Same brand sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.

  • Frustrateddo Apr 30, 2009

    Same prolem



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We need to narrow down where the problem lies. Even without finalizing the disc, you should be able to play back the recording. Can you do this? If you can play back the recording, the problem exists in the finalization stage and we'll need to concentrate there. Pplease update this and we'll proceed to the next step.


Posted on Sep 08, 2008

  • ABRsvcs Sep 09, 2008

    Check the firmware version of your recorder. There is an updated version (UG-149) available from the Panasonic website that may help. I have included below the "items addressed" list from that site.



    1. Resolves scheduled recordings not completing when 2 or more recordings are scheduled per week.
    2. Resolves U99 error message displaying after reading "Search and Rescue" DVD-Video.
    3. Improves Flexible Recording.
    4. Resolves scheduled recordings not completing when recording is set to begin before midnight and end after midnight.
    5. Resolves "!" being displayed on the Scheduled Recording table when enough space is available to complete the recording.
    6. Improves playability of DVD-R discs finalized on the DVD Recorder in PC DVD drives with DVD player software.
    7. Improves Auto Clock Setting functionality.
    8. Improves Daily and Weekly Scheduled Recording.
    9. Corrects DVD-Video playback due to Region Code error.
    10. Resolves the "split screen" symptom caused by changing from Interlaced to Progressive Scan.
    11. Resolves the remote code inexplicably changing.
    12. Resolves "OK" being displayed on the Scheduled Recording table for recording to VHS. "--" is displayed by original specification.

  • ABRsvcs Sep 11, 2008

    I don't have one of your models in my shop at the moment. Let me research this a bit and see what options I can get for you.




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