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Hi. Yeah, RCA soutions are worthless. What happens is that the hard disk loses recording time while in use. Like a hard disk losing clusters on a computer and making them unusable. To get that recording time back, you will need to reset the unit. To do this, go to the main menu, press and hold the play and open buttons on the front pannel for about 7 seconds. This will reformat your hard disk. Keep in mind that reformating will erase all data. I have looked up and down for some type of firmware/software update and RCA support told me to disconnect the unit..press the power button 10 times and connect again!!???!?!? How silly. Hope this helps :)
Did you get this working? If not, then your DVD isn't supposed to be region free in the first place, and I can send you a firmware which I have used a hack in order to make region free. You can then take this firmware and follow the same instructions you used for the other firmware.
I had exactly the same problem -- error message of "This disc can be neither played nor recorded. Please check the disk [EC:0207]" after the machine had been working fine for a year. I downloaded the latest firmware from the Samsung website, burned it to a CD-R disk (took three tries until the DVD Recorder recognized the disk -- worked when I used Rocio CD Creater software), then loaded the firmware updates to the DVD Recorder. On the Samsung website you can retrive the firmware update instructions as well. I had to perform the firmware upgrade several times until it successfully updated both the system firmware as well as the disk firmware. After successfully updating both, the Recorder now recognizes the DVD-R disks and I was able to resume recording. I have however, noted some choppiness with the playback of the newly recorded disks. Other than that, the firmware upgrade successfully resolved the problem.
The disc must be DVD-R with an R4.7 under the logo and they MUST be 4X or 8X specific .... the cannot be 1X to 8X or 1X to 16X or note up to 16X .... the disc box must state 4X or 8X ONLY .... and yes they are hard to find for sure.....
I posted this in another person's question but it is probably relevant to you as well. This model (which I own myself) is outdated and needs a firmware upgrade. You might get lucky and get one from their tech support. However, I heard they stopped shipping them nearly a year ago.
As it stands your recorder can only use DVD-R that records at 4x (or lower) and DVD-RW that records at 1x. Any other media is useless. Since 4x media is outdated, it may be hard to find at a major retailer.
Let me know if you have any luck fixing this or finding working DVDs as I have had the same issue myself. I simply cannot find 4x DVDs in the store.