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Dvd recorder won't record on DVD-RW disc.

I recored one time on a DVD-RW disc, worked fine.I went to formatt the disc to reuse it,seemed to do fine. When i put it back in to record from ( timer recording )it loades the disc then trys to formatt, after about gives me a message: Can not record on this disc.ERROR-E4/54037380. Records fine with DVD-R disc. I have tried new disc,different brand disc,unpluging the unit.My son has same model recorder he has no problem recording.I used the same disc he used (new & used)to do a check on my unit, no luck. Can you help?

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Re: dvd recorder won't record on DVD-RW disc.

CLEANING THE DISC LENS ? If this unit still does not perform properly although you refer to the relevant sections and to ?TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE? in this Owner?s Manual, the laser optical pickup unit may be dirty. Consult your dealer or an Authorized Service Center for inspection and cleaning of the laser optical pickup unit. FROM EWR20V5 OWNERS MANUAL FUNAI-CORP.COM

Posted on Jul 01, 2007

Re: dvd recorder won't record on DVD-RW disc.

I suggest all the people,and there seems to be many, who are having problems with their Emerson EWR20V5 units contact the nearest Consumer Protection Agency and lodge a formal complaint and ask that Emerson be forced to fix or replace these units at Emerson's expense or desist operation until such time they have complied.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

Re: dvd recorder won't record on DVD-RW disc.

It appears that there are several people have problems with the Emerson ewr20v5 unit with little or no help from the tech support at Emerson. I suggest we all contact our nearest Cunsumer Protection Agency and lodge a formal complaint and see if they can encourage Emerson to do something to fix their equipment at their expense or stop operation until they

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

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SOURCE: Recording Error "Can not record on this disk/E4 54037380

I had that exact same problem. I would record a bunch of dvds with no problems for months and then some and one day it doesn't work. Only this showed up E4 EA03738B. However I've found the solution. Instead of going out and returning the recorder or buying new dvds just purchase a Laser Lense Cleaner. It's a dvd cleaner. Works like a charm.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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