Question about Philips Magnavox MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR
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.
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 imgburn.com. 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.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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
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,
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
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
Posted on Nov 01, 2008
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