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I have an LG RC897T DVD/VCR recorder. Problem: When record from timer (set for something like every Sunday…) it only records part of the program. I have it set at LP which should give 4 hours on a disk, disk is empty and timer is set to record 2 hour program(disc is a DVD RW that is initialized at LP setting). Usually only records about 1:20 on a 2 hour setting but that is not consistent. It works okay about 1/2 the time. Any Ideas? I have not tried the VCR timer recordings yet. Please help

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  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    I have the same problem, sometimes. I recorded a movie from Turner Classic Movies and it was fine. I tried recording two baseball games from 8:30 to 12:30 on LP setting. It stopped recording the first time after 2 hours and 47 minutes. The second time, it stopped recording after 47 minutes. Then i tried to record other programs and they worked fine. Not sure what is going on. Called LG support and I was told that others have the same problem and they are working on firmware. Should be done by the year 2020 the way I feel.


  • willhopp Jan 17, 2009

    Same problem. Recorder may get only a few minutes of scheduled recording. Once or twice it has recorded correctly but you can't trust it!!

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It may related digital copy-protection.
Plese try VCR timer recoring, it is analog so there is no digital copy-protecion for VCR.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

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I tellya what the problem is...


that thar recordification device is broke!

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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