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Trying to finalise a DVD-RW disc and it 'hangs' at 95% - have to power off to get it out of machine. Any ideas why?

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  • iomaud Sep 10, 2008

    Hi Ginko

    I've always used Sony DVD-RW

    The programme I was recording was only 20mins long



    I'll try cleaning the head and see what happens.



    Thanks

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Even if a recorder is supposed to work fine on both +R, -R etc. , often you find out, that due to error correction methor, a device worksd well on one or the other type.

I often get troubles with many DVD low price brands, try testing some good ones like Verbatim, TDK, Sony , Philips etc.
Hope this had been helpful, test both a good brand DVD-R and a Good brand DVD+R.
If it still has problems when finalizing the CD, then it can be the usual lens problem, in this case try using a lens cleaner.
Or the DVD you are writing is too big in size and your player has problem on the final phase of DVD writing. If Data nearly takes all the 4.7 Gb allowed, there won't be enough space to finalize the DVD.

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