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Finalizing disc I had a Sanyo DRW500. I recorded shows on DVD+R and didn't finalize my discs afterwards. I no longer have the unit but own a Magnavox VCR/DVD recorder. It will not play my discs. My manual states that it will read +R discs. Is it because I didn't finalize the discs afterwards? If this is the problem, would I be able to finalize them if I was to purchase the same unit again? Or can they be finalized on the unit I have now and if possible, how do I do this.

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Re: Finalizing disc

Try finalizing on the unit you have now. or find some one with a Magnavox to do it on or even a PC

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Use a name-brand DVD, such as HP, Verbatim, etc. and make sure it is a DVD+R or DVD-RW/-R disk only.
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The disk is still usable, but you can only read it on that player.

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I Have been trying to dubb VHS tapes to DVD''s. They record alright, but then when I go to play them on another DVD player they won't do I get them to finalize? I have went through the menu and...

--- for some reason this unit does not finalize automatcally.

--- the instructions for finallizing are on page 52 of the owners manual.

--- they are as follows:

1) Press Setup

2) Scroll down, select "Disc Edit", press "OK"

3) Scroll down, select "Finalize", press "OK"

4) Select "Yes", press "OK"

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--- have done this operation several times, works Ok.


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All units are different but you'll insert the disc to be finalized,
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If the disc is not finalized, you will not be able to play it in any DVD player other than the one you recorded it in!

I know it's not step by step but I hope this helps :)

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