For some reason it seems not to be reading blank DVD discs, and I am unable to record. When I put in a blank Sony DVD+RW, my computer tells me it is not a readable disc. Also, when I put in a blank Maxwell DVD-R, it says there is nothing in the drive.
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Re: Not reading dvd r or rw as writable disk
It sounds like you are having issues with all DVD writable disks. From the specs I was able to find online about your DVD writer, DVD+RW discs may not be compatible with the the drive. Make sure you are using DVD-RW (note the minus instead of +). I think you might need to reinstall your DVD drivers. This should solve the issue.
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Sometimes a blank DVD will not be the proper format. Upgrades have been done to DVD-R disks, and your recorder might not recognize the upgraded format on the newer disks. This has happened with Philips, Emerson machines- they all use a Funai burner. I have found with my FUNAI/Philips/Emerson recorder that purchasing the Philips, 1-16 speed DVD-R blank disks fixes this problem on my 2 machines. If you have an older DVD-RW 2 speed disk, it should work as well.
Did you say you used a DVD-RW disc to transfer a videotape onto? The reason your PC won't recognise that disc is because the data format on it is a different language to what PCs understand - plus an unfinalised DVD-RW won't play in other DVD players - it is usually an incompatible format.
(DVD+RW discs with titles/top menus created in video mode CAN be played on a PC DVD drive or a normal DVD player as can finalised DVD-R discs (DVD-R discs MUST be recorded and finalised in the same recorder for compatible playback). DVD-RW discs can only be viewed on the unit they were written/recorded on.
The other reason for the 'remaining space' on the disc you describe showing less than 120 minutes is due to a title recently being recorded or erased - unless you format it - the 120 minute / 4.7GB DVD-RW will not show full available space. Erasing titles on re-writable DVDs does not increase space. The same rule applies to unfinalised +R / -R discs (you cannot re-format these to get the space back once recorded - they are 'once only' writables)
I recommend you invest in some DVD-R discs and re-copy your VHS tape to that - then if you are satisfied with the result, title etc., finalise the DVD-R - it will play on any DVD player or PC with DVD support (or it should). These discs are relatively inexpensive to buy just about anywhere.
Final note: do NOT finalise the DVD-RW you recorded (I hope you haven't already done this) - simply format/erase it - re-use it for something else or keep it until you need it.
You can use any brand of DVD, just take note of the format before recording/playing.
If your dvd player only supports dvd+r discs then that is the only way it will record. It will only record once onto the dvd-rw and, since it doesn't support the re-writables, it won't be able to use this function. This is the most likely reason for the first error. The second problem is a little confusing. Is it when you are trying to record on dvd-rs or dvd-rws that it says it can't record?
I hope this post was helpful (for the first error, anyway).
Good luck! I hope everything works out!
Ok, Firstly it sounds like you have reasonable knowledge on what you're doing. But just to clarify a few things. 1.You say you have tried a couple of different brands of disc.Unless they are of good quality or compatible with your machine they may not work properly.Try TDK or Verbatim for example. Also make sure they are DVD-R or DVD-RW. 2.If no blank discs are successful,then you may need to clean the laser lens thoroughly. I know you said you cleaned the lens,but was this with a lens cleaner disc? If so it will only remove dust not built up grime from other sources such as smoke from cigarettes. This would entail taking the cover off the unit and cleaning the laser lens directly with a cotton bud dipped in cleaning fluid.If you are not confident in doing this,then you would need to get someone qualified to do so! I have gotten many DVD Players and DVD Recorders working again doing this.
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.