Question about Philips Magnavox MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR
I have a philips digital disc recorder with digital tuner: model DVDR3506/37. I have had about 9 or 10 months. I have had error problems such as: This progran is not allowed to be recorded or This program is not recordable in +VR mode and a few times E4 5403900--Can not record on this disc. I have tried Memorix, maxwell, fuji and imination. So I went to the manual and brought a brand the manual said was compatible with this recorder. It was sony +rw 4x. When I put the blank disk in the recorder it loaded it and began to format it then I go the error e4 5403900. Please can you help me?????????
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I'm on my second Magnavox MWR20V6 recorder in less than a year. I've
made close to 1,000 DVDs, mostly dubbing from homemade videos of TV
shows, but it's not been easy. They have some finicky quirks that
aren't mentioned in the manual.
The second Magnavox I got worked far better than the first, and really has been pretty satisfactory. The first one (which finally just died) never had decent tracking, even when I was copying a video tape I'd made on the same machine to DVD!
I got the error e4 54043e02 on both machines. I'd be using the exact same brand and type of DVD that I'd used for hundreds of other times, but I'd get a new spindle of DVDs and few or none of them could be formatted, and were unusable.
I think the problem might be with the DVDs. I have tried all the brands I could find. I first tried Maxell, as recommended in the manual. They worked fine (both -RW and +RW) until one day they just quit working for me. The worst were the ones that had CPRM printed on the DVDs around the inner hub, but I couldn't find any way to tell (before buying them and opening the package) which disks were this type because the label on the package was identical to the Maxell DVDs that worked. I contacted the company and sent them all the DVD numbers and error codes but they didn't tell me anything. It seems to be some kind of company secret.
Then I tried Memorex DVD+RW 4x and they worked very reliably-- until the last pack I got. I'm getting the e4 54043e02 error again!!! I emailed the company but haven't heard back yet, due to the holiday weekend.
So my big complaint is that I can't find ANY DVDs to use for recording. What I've seen so far on the internet gives me the idea that blank DVDs are kinda junky or unreliable in general, also that it's a VERY good idea to keep those old video tapes, which might end up lasting far longer that DVDs anyway. I'd hoped to get rid of the old VHS tapes due to the storage space needed for them, but it looks like I won't be. Unless I can find good DVDs, I'll just go back to VHS recording.
Incidentally, Memorex gives me the impression that they'll refund my purchase price, while Maxell had no interest in making a refund!!
Also I think the DVD-R give fewer problems, but I use +RW for nearly all my recording because I like to edit them. I'd suggest trying a DVD-R if you get desperate.
Posted on Jan 01, 2008
check to see if the U-verse box is in HD mode. If it is, change it to standard definition and the problem should be solved.
Menu -> Options -> System Settings -> Aspect Ratio
Posted on Sep 29, 2008
I had this problem with my Toshiba DVR16 recorder; I was unable to format new DVD-RW discs even though old ones worked fine.
Initially I thought the laser lens was dirty, but no amount of lens cleaning helped. Then I thought the rated disk speed must be to blame, since it was some 4x disks that first presented the problem. But then I tried 2x disks and the problem persisted. So some aspect of the manufacture of these disks must have changed in recent months.
Anyway, the solution I discovered was to perform an 'erase' operation on each disk using a program on my PC called ImgBurn. This is a free program, which can be downloaded from imgburn.com. Just select Tools > Drive > Erase > Quick. Once that's done (it only takes seconds), take the disk out of your PC and pop it in your DVD writer, whereupon it should start its own format routine.
This has worked for me on 3 different brands of disk (Sony, Memorex, Datawrite). Which is just as well, as I was on the verge of throwing the DVD recorder out of the window. Hope it works for you.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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