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E-4 54040990 Cannot record on this disc

When disc is first put in the unit. Then if you try to "quick record" I get E-21.

Brand new discs, different brands, discs that already have been recorded on, doesn't matter.

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  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    System has been working fine for a year. One day it wont record and gives me an E-4 error. Still plays previous formatted and recorded discs at SLP, but wont record any more.

  • kimlvn2 Oct 05, 2008

    I get the following messages when trying to record: E3 54037380 or E4 54037380.

  • bonitawallac Oct 14, 2008

    My DVD recorder shows an E-4 54037380 error - Can not record on this disc. It does not matter what kind of DVD disc I use. It has worked perfectly in the past and will still play recorded DVD's of the same format

    that were recorded in the past. I have checked all input and output cords, and even reset the clock.

  • kittenes Oct 17, 2008

    Same recording error as the others, How do I fix it?

  • psubag Oct 29, 2008

    I got a lens cleaner disc, and it still wouldn't work. I put a new disc in and REPEATEDLY took it out and put it back in, turned the power off and on, and it finally worked. Tried another disc, and got the error message again. I just kept "feeding" the disc back in until it finally formatted. I did NOT turn the power off and on the 2nd time. I think it took about 4 tries before it worked. Once I get a disc to work, I dont have any more trouble with it.

  • Anonymous Oct 31, 2008

    i thoought it mihght be an issue with the disk so went and bought lots of different brands to macht the emblems engraved in thefront of the unit.i have s-video in to dvd unit and i could record veiwed material from a dvr from no matter what i do,i get the above code e 4 54040990 error in recording.

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  • tr24 May 08, 2009

    Magnavox MVR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo w/Progressive Scan
    I get the following error when attempting to record to new DVD -R:
    E4 54037380

    I will look at page 30 of the manual as recommended and attempt to clean lens and try again.

  • shadiedog378 Aug 24, 2012

    same as every1 e-4 54040990 can play prev. disc and regular dvds but can't format my old recordings I didn't finalize or anything even got a grex thinking macro-vision but still same problem can't record at all i think if i had a tape i could put it in and press play stop and record dvd from input used to work on old vcrs since a combo that's how i had to use my playstation 20 yrs ago lol any help will b apriciated plus if you research the xbox 360 not reading disc maby same problem but it does play even the unformatted disc recorded from this pye video vcr combo model # py90vg



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I had this problem with my Toshiba DVR16 recorder; I was unable to format new DVD-RW discs even though old ones worked fine.

Initially I thought the laser lens was dirty, but no amount of lens cleaning helped. Then I thought the rated disk speed must be to blame, since it was some 4x disks that first presented the problem. But then I tried 2x disks and the problem persisted. So some aspect of the manufacture of these disks must have changed in recent months.

Anyway, the solution I discovered was to perform an 'erase' operation on each disk using a program on my PC called ImgBurn. This is a free program, which can be downloaded from Just select Tools > Drive > Erase > Quick. Once that's done (it only takes seconds), take the disk out of your PC and pop it in your DVD writer, whereupon it should start its own format routine.

This has worked for me on 3 different brands of disk (Sony, Memorex, Datawrite). Which is just as well, as I was on the verge of throwing the DVD recorder out of the window. Hope it works for you.

<Neil G.>

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    JD McLeod Jun 10, 2012

    Neil G.'s solution was a waste of time and bandwidth (to download ImgBurn) for me. After erasing a DVD+R the DVD recorder wouldn't even TRY to record onto the disk. Things went from the original E 4 54040990 error straight to Cannot Record On This Disk. Thank you for another coaster.


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There is an error code list on about page 30 of the manual. You can download the manual here:

Looking at the recording setups, it might be a clock or timer issue or an input setting changed.

Posted on Oct 03, 2008

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I had the same issue and called Tech Support with no luck. I'm not sure which worked, but I used a CD/DVD lens cleaner and tried a new disk (DVD-R) and I have not had a problem since.


Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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    Tracee Mar 02, 2015

    Yep, just needed cleaning and now it works like a charm. Thanks Avi


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Don't know if this help but I noticed that my dvd writer got the same code over and over again but It didn't give me the code when I used any brand dvd+-rw. It only does it to DVD+- r. Even the manual says it will write a Sony dvd+r but it errors but it will write a Sony dvdrw, go figure. I guess I'll just buy dvdrw for now,

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This happens to me a lot & I think it has to do with the fact that I use discs multiple times & they have also been used to store data from the computer at one time. (Don't ask me anything technical this is just based on my observations) If it is a blank disc &/or it has content that you don't mind losing you can try to erase the disc (use disc erase in the disc edit menu). Even if a disc is "blank" if it's been used before to store data it may need to be reformatted. Usually after I do that the disc is recordable. I've never had this problem with brand new dics so I can't help out there. Sometimes the disc may be scratched & if you use one of those scratch repair kits & clean the DVD lens routinely that may also help. FYI this is based on using +RW discs

Hope this helps

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