I was recording my home made vhs tapes to DVD's and all was fine. I just started to do it again and the DVD just makes noises like it it reading the disk and then says it dosn't recognize the disk. I get the same message when I make a disk off of television shows. It would initialize, start recording, then make the noise of reading the disk after about 5 minutes of recording and then the message of not recognizing the disk comes up.
I have run the maxell lens cleaner with brushes on the DVD side, but hasn't helped.
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Re: trouble with recording onto DVD
It sounds like there is a problem with the lens in the drive of the electronics that control it, I would suggest you take the dvd/vcr combo to your dealer if you are still inside of warranty to geit it repaired. if you are outside of warranty consider the price of a new device to the price of reparing the dvd drive inside the unit.
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Most Combo Recorders (VHS and DVD) will prevent you from
recording a Copyrighted VHS tape program onto DVD.
Try recording a TV program onto your VHS tape, then
transfer it to your DVD and see if your new DVD recording
will work or not.
Read your manual first to make sure the unit will do this.If it does chances are it won't record unless it has a decoder built in.Most VHS tapes have macrovision protection that prevents you from copying them.It will however,record homemade VHS tapes.There are decoders out there you can buy to enable you to copy VHS tapes.
try forwarding the tape to the end and then rewind to the start again, this can help to seat the tape correctly on the spindle . the audio track part of the tape is in a specific region on the tape so misalignment may be the issue with those cassettes.
also try to press the tracking up and down when playing the video
Connect with RCA cable to RCA jacks\plugs::
output [player] audio to INPUT [recorder] OUTPUT [player] Video to INPUT [recorder]
Place blank tape in RECORDER, Tape that you want to record from into PLAYER.Press Record [recorder machine], wait one second, press PAUSE.( thats to give record tape "breathing" space.) Set up your player tape to start playing. When you know what you want to record, press PAUSE again to begining recording. Press PAUSE after the recorded section to install 2nd tape, etc. etc.
NOTE:: some VCRs use PAUSE 2nd time to release and continue recording, while some machines you must press RECORD button again to release PAUSE. you must expirement before begining your project.
There should be no problem with copying home recorded VHS tapes to DVD via the Scart or Video (yellow) output. It may be obvious but have you tried recording directly from other sources such as TV etc. Apologies if this is a trivial suggestion!