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Finalizing dvd Recently I've bought my samsung sc-dx103 camcorder and a pack of DVD-R non DL. After the process of finalizing it stills displays that the cd is full. Did it finalize?? It will not play on my PhilipsDVP 5960 dvd player nor on my Extensa 5620 laptop? Is the CD corrupted? I just purchased the SC-DX103 and was able to finalize the first two disks, but unable to finalize the next two. I tried resetting the default settings and that did not help. It goes through the process and at the very end I get a "disk error" message, and the disk is not finalized. Added to that problem, I purchased at Best Buy and when I went on the Samsung website to register the camcorder, eventhough I have triple checked and had someone else double check, I can't register as it says I must enter a valid Serial Number. Can someone help.

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  • hgetlan Jan 12, 2009

    I don't think the disk is the problem. The first two that finalized were from the same pack of 3 that I purchased at the time I purchased the camcorder. I then purchased another pack of a different national brand, and tried that disk with the same problem.
    I honestly don't believe it is a bad disk problem.


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Its not at all the problem of disk as this happens if the software allready loaded on the device is corrupted or the device is havinf faulty lens so its not been able to read the disk and for that the lens needs cleaning or replace ment.
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Welcome to Fixya! It is not a Disc Problem. Do you have the Software disk that came with the Camcorder? If so, Reinstall the Software and let me know where we stand on this Issue.

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The Camera displays disc access error message when DVD disks are not closed or non-finalised / unfinalised disc and won't play.
Disk Error, Disc Error or Format Error message when you turned on the camera, or the mini DVD disc finalization was accidently interrupted. Also format error, disc error unreadable disk.

Another problem occurs after dropping the camera or when you have opened the DVD door part way through recording and removed the disk. The problems with these mini DVD discs typically occur with the failure during the disc finalising process and results in unplayable video. The typical 'Disc Error" or messages are the first sign of trouble. The mini DVD disk does not finalise properly

If your serial number is not registered at website sound like it a duplicate or defective product (also most chinese products has the same problem) check the retailer where u bought for replacement.

Good luck

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Hi hgetlan,

The fact that you were able to finalize the first two disks, but not the next two, leads me to suspect that you may be feeding it discs that are perhaps faulty. In my day job, we occasionally use CD & DVD duplicators and the problems we have with duplication failures/errors often seem to trace back to certain brands of CD or DVD media (usually off-brands).

If all discs were of the same brand/batch, I'd recommend trying another brand. If the two that worked were of the same brand, and the two that failed were different, that also supports this hypothesis - try using the brand that worked.

As for the registration/serial number situation, the fact that both you and someone else have verified this multiple times indicates some kind of problem at the Samsung site - - you may need to contact a live human, either by phone or email (or maybe they do chat??). Here's the page I found for contacting them

You'll probably want the listing at the bottom -

All other products: 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864)

  • Mon - Sun : 9am - 9pm (EST)

If I can be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it accordingly.

Thanks in-advance for using,


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