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Dvd/vcr recorder stops recording

I timer-record a show from my tv on my dvd recorder and it stops automatically at approximately 30-45 minutes into the show. It worked fine until a couple of months ago. I am using dvd+RW discs on a LG rc797t recorder.

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  • diannajur Nov 08, 2008

    I have had my DVD recorder for about 8 months it just started this problem ablout 4 weeks ago. I program for 1 hour and I only get 15 minutes of a hour program. I have call the company the DVD recorder is LG DR787T they tolded me the the network and cox company are doing this because of the new digital programs that will be starting in February 2009.

  • abear55 Nov 09, 2008

    I have a LG RC797T DVD / VCR recorder purchased in October of 2007. It also stopes recording on DVD's before the set time. The unit was sent back to LG in January of 2008 and was returned with the same problem. I have been in contact with LG and told it has to do with the digital signal. They told me on 11/7/08 to use DVD -RW with cprm. I tried Sony -RW with cprm v 1.1 with the same results. It gave me a disc error on two different discs.( I paid $24.00 for 10 discs). My unit will not Initialize +R or -R discs anymore. I have tried the brand of discs that the manual recommends but get the same results. This problem happens on analog or digital channels. It also stoped recording while I had an old Sony 8mm camcorder transfering home movies to DVD. According to LG they are working on the problem. I think it is more than a digital signal problem. My recorder has progressively malfunctioned over the past 13 months almost like it has a virus.

  • marciagillis Dec 07, 2008

    Same thing. Recorded program cuts off after about 10 or 15 minutes. LG CS told me to get a DVD-RAM disc and I did (Memorex) but it won't initialize and kicks out of the LG DVD player. They claimed the problem related to copy protection. Six months ago when I bought the LG DVD

    recorder I could record OK on the DVD-RW that came with it.

  • kc9941 Dec 15, 2008

    i have a lg rc897t dvd recorder, it stops recording after a little while. it also won't dub from vhs to dvd if the original tape has the bug in it. it says unable to record, protected content. i called lg and they recommended the dvd-rw 4x dvd's "with cprm", but i am reading comments here where other's have tried them, and it still won't record properly.

  • fv_tx Dec 31, 2008

    I have the same problem on my RC897T unit.
    The only media that I found to overcome this
    is the Maxell DVD-RAM (MAX636082).



  • missydizz Jan 09, 2009

    My timer recorded programs sometimes only tape 30 min instead of an hour but I have 4 shows set to record three of which are on the same channel and it usually only happens once in the series of recordings.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    I'm having the same problem with a JVC unit. I set the unit to record two shows daily on the same channel. One records fine, and the other always starts on-time but stops at random before the end of the show.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Starts recording then stops in middle, does that on all timer recordings, what next.

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I finally got word back from a pal at LG regarding this issue as where I work we are getting these and as of Friday had about 18 to 20 units with this issue.


LG told us that this has to do with the encoding with the commercials (a one time record issue) on the one time record disks (DVD-R and DVD+R) now their "TEMP" fix for this is to used DVD-RAM or DVD-RW disks (these are not regular -RW they have a encoding CPMsomething I don't remember right now) but they will update us when they have a permanent solution. I will get the type of disk for the -RW on monday and post it here for everyone.




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I found this web page. I think something similar is happeneing to me. It is on analog channels when it hits some commercials.

http://hdtv.forsandiego.com/messages/3/6915.html

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DVD-RAM itself, and DVD-R formatted in "VR" mode are SUPPOSED to allow for recording "ONE TIME" per DRMA. The broadcasters are probably sending the wrong copy protection signal if the -RAM & -R/VRmode are stopping.
At least, that is my understanding.
tom

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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