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Dvd not recording

I have been recording from the vcr perfectly. now a month later the dvd wont record. any help

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Try some Verbatim. They work in almost everything.
Also, some recorders record only +R, or only -R discs. Make sure you have the right ones.

Maxells that are made in Japan are the good ones. Not the ones made in Taiwan. TDK isn't among our favorites either. If the TDKs work in computer, you may have to watch them in computer too. If they won't record in recorder, they probably won't play in it either

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