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Can play video, but can't record

More to the point, I can hit record, but when I go to playback it's just black space. I found the display button to set time and timer record, but nothing to set stations? If it's supposed to be automatic, how do you record off of directtv.

We had to set up the box on a converter switch. when I go to watch a video or dvd I have to switch the converter mode to antenna.

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Have you tried to record your channels with the converter switch set to antenna?

In otherwords;
Step 1. With your converter switch set to converter mode select the Direct tv channel you wish to record.
Step 2. With your converter switch set to antenna press the record button on your DVD Recorder.

Step 3. Switch your converter switch to converter mode.


I hope that you find this solution helpful.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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Bush dvr3006 will play audio disks but wont play any dvd ! just says load for ages then turns off or no disk ! help please ?


These are the formats your DVR will or will not play.
  • Blu Ray Playback: No
  • Blu Ray Recording: No
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • DTS Decoder: No
  • DVB-C: No
  • DVB-S: No
  • DVB-T: No
  • DVD Audio Playback: No
  • DVD Player / Recorder: DVD Recorder
  • DVD+R Playback: Yes
  • DVD+R Recording: Yes
  • DVD+RW Playback: Yes
  • DVD+RW Recording: Yes
  • DVD-R Playback: Yes
  • DVD-R Recording: Yes
  • DVD-RAM Playback: No
  • DVD-RAM Recording: No
  • DVD-RW Playback: Yes
  • DVD-RW Recording: Yes
  • DVI Interface: No
  • DivX Playback: No
  • Double Layer Recording: No
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
  • Ethernet: No
  • Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
  • HD-DVD Playback: No
  • HD-DVD Recording: No
  • HDMI Interface: No
  • HDTV: No
  • IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
  • Integrated VCR: No
  • MP3 Recording: No
  • MPEG4 Recording: No
  • Memory Stick: No
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Number of Scart Interfaces: 1
  • PCMCIA Interface: No
  • Progressive Scan: No
  • Real Dolby: AC3
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Show View: No
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Super Audio CD Playback: No
  • Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No
  • Table / Portable: Table
  • USB Interface: No
  • W-LAN Connection: No
  • xD-Picture Card: N

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I have dubbed vcr tape to a Sony DVD-RW disc and tried playing it back through a toshiba player and it keeps coming up Bad Disk. My PC won't even recognise it. When started dubbing the screen displayed 1hr...


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.

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Daewoo DVD video combo DF4150p


I have had the same problem, however next to the empty folder ( black box) it says MY DVD and a size. if you have that then it has recorded and just press play

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What is +vr and how do I remove it


VR mode or Video Recording mode is a feature on stand-alone consumer and computer DVD recorders that allows video recording and editing on a DVD rewriteable disc.
In VR mode, users can create and rename titles for the scenes. Also, if a scene is deleted, the space allocated by it will be utilized later without the need of reformatting a disc.
If the user would like to record on the same disc again in later time, on VR mode, users may eject the disc and it will not be finalized by the recorder until it is manually initiated. For the sake of comparison, any DVD disc recorded in VR's competitor V mode (or Video mode) will be automatically finalized before it is ejected by the recorder. Disc finalization is still required if the disc formatted for VR mode will be played in another DVD player.
Currently, users can only record in VR mode with the use of DVD-RW, DVD-RAM and DVD+RW discs, (updated in 2000 to accommodate DVD-R (General)) [DVD players marked “RW compatible” and “DVD Multi” can play DVD-VR recorded discs] and on some recorders, also on hard-disk drives.
Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD also support VR mode-like features.

Accordingly when DVD recorders became a viable option the features offered by <Video Mode> were minimal - the linear structure did not allow post recording editting or non-linear playback. Thus the DVD Forum devised Video Recording (VR) mode.

Unlike DVD-Video this uses a much simplier file structure that allows non-linear modification to the recorded data. This means features such as partial erase, editting, playlists, simulataneous record/playback, mixing of different media types (JPEG, MPEG1/2/4, MP3, WMA, WMV etc) and, in future models, dual record are all possible."

That basically summerises the differences: video is a linear recording that should end up DVD-Video compatible, VR is a digital recording mode that allows HDD-like functionality on disc.

Do you need to always be able play your recorded DVD-RW discs on other DVD Players? If yes you have to use Video Mode, although some players will play VR mode discs, and you can test this easily by giving it a go.

The main differences are:

DVD Video mode on DVD-RW

Plus points: Provides good compatibility (70% plus). That’s the only plus, plain and simple.

Negative Points: Only simple linear editing possible, really just hiding a title. You can reuse space only when you delete the last title or completely reformat but lose everything in the process. No defect management. Requires finalisation to play in other DVD Players. No possibility of time-slip, i.e. recording and playing back at the same time.

DVD VR mode (Video Recording)

Plus points: Better use of recording rates by having intermediate resolutions. Defect management so reliable. Time-slip on 2 speed media if supported by the recorder, allowing record and playback at the same time. Non-linear editing. Any space freed is reused automatically (think hard-drive or Mini-Disc) and added to the remaining time.

Negative Points: Not very compatible with existing DVD Players, plain and simple.

Of course if you have a hard-drive based recorder then all the negatives are wiped out, as you use VR mode on the hard-drive which gives you all the pluses of VR mode, then record to DVD-RW in Video Mode to give you the compatibility to play the disc elsewhere.
- A recording on DVD-RAM will always use VR mode
- A recording on DVD-R will always use Video mode
- A recording on DVD-RW can be either Video or VR depending which is set before the recording is made.
- A recording to DVD+RW or DVD+R will always use Video mode
- Many HDD/DVDR combi recorders will record to the HDD in VR mode and allow you to dub (digitally) to DVD-R in Video mode.

Here is your manual:
http://www.p4c.philips.com/files/d/dvdr3545v_37/dvdr3545v_37_dfu_aen.pdf

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Phililps DVDR5570H only plays zone 4.Is there an unlock code for multizone playback?



Try this:


Models supported:

DVDR3570H
DVDR3575H
DVDR3577H

DVDR3590H
DVDR3595H
DVDR3597H

DVDR5520H
DVDR5570H




  1. Power on the recorder
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  3. Press [HOME] on the remote control.
  4. Press [PLAY / PAUSE]
  5. Key in 1 5 9 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 0 5 2 5 5 – The numbers will appear in the display of the recorder.
  6. Press [PLAY / PAUSE]

If the recorder goes into browser mode during the procedure, then it will need to be re-started from the beginning.


If at any point the recorder is reset to factory settings, then the procedure will need to be carried out again.

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1) The 4:3 / 16:9 option only optimises playback for that particular type of TV. The 4:3 setting also allows you to set the output between:

  • 4:3 PS - expands the picture vertically and horizontally which gets rid of the black bars, but you also lose the left and right edges of the picture.
  • 4:3 LB - Letterbox format, displays the full picture from the disc, with black bars top and bottom.
The PS option loses the bars on 16:9 widescreen DVDs, but may still leave bars on true cinema widescreen DVDs, which are 21.7:9
This is normal.
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EG to copy VHS to DVD, you will need to select the relevant scart or phono input, and press play before the recorder will register a signal and allow recording.
Some bought VHS videos have copy protection, and may cause problems when copying to DVD.

3) Greenish playback maybe caused by colour setting on TV being too high. Also check Hue or Tint settings on the TV, if it has them.

4) For some reason, in their infinite wisdom, Philips omitted the Video Plus facility from this model.

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