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DVD recoder not recording

My samsung dvd r122 recorder will not record, runs for about 25 seconds then spits the disc out with an error message prompting me to turn off the unit and try again. Have done this but still refuses to record. I have also tried different dvd's.

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Re: DVD recoder not recording

I had this problem with my R120, it first wouldn't record and eventually wouldn't play, just gave either an error message or "wrong disc.' Then, another DVD player I own did the same thing.

What worked? I opened them both up and swabbed the laser lens with alcohol and then the clean end of the cotton swab. Now both work like a charm. I figure that all the dirty rental DVDs lowly drop dust and gunk and over a few months the build-up caused failure.

Just to be safe, I also used canned air to remove from inside the unit, around the circuit board and on the lens.

I'd advise leaving the unit unplugged for a day or more to let any stored energy drain and if you're not familiar with safety procedures, take it to someone who is.

Posted on Apr 03, 2008

Re: DVD recoder not recording

Re-install & use T.D.K. disk. I did &it worked.

Posted on Oct 13, 2007

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Does that disc that you are using is working fine before? It might be that you are using a DVD+R that's why you cannot record movie to that recordable disc that you are using. The unit can only support DVD-R. You may try using that DVD-R if you haven't used it before. Hopes this helps.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

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