Failure to accept DvD Ram discs in a Panasonic DMR-E55 Recorder
The recorder will accept and record on DVD-R discs but will not erase recently used DVD ram discs and will not accept unused ones, some times indicating that the discs require formatting and then when an attempt to format is made, the machine indicates that the disc cannot be formatted.
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Re: Failure to accept DvD Ram discs in a Panasonic...
Possibilities are that the laser lens needs cleaning (use a proprietary cleaning disc) or that - as long as you are sure you have original manufacturers' discs and not fakes - the discs are scratched or dirty.
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The DMR-E55 (and its variations) is a 2004 model DVD recorder, so it is over 5 years old. If you did not set write/record protection on those discs, then it is likely to be a defect within the recorder, which may require workshop attention. You can always submit the unit to an authorised service centre for a quote and second opinion, to get an idea of the likely cost(s) involved, if a fault is found, then make a decision afterwards. Up to you.
Alternatively, it might be a good idea to cease using DVD-RAM discs and use DVD-RW/+RW discs instead if the unit accepts these as a recording format (or change brand of disc), and you intend to record more than once per disc. Or you could try the same discs in your PC if it has a DVD burner which is capable of reading/writing RAM discs as well as all other formats. If that works, the discs are OK.
If this does not work, then your only other option is to take the recorder to a workshop and have a qualified technician examine it thoroughly; but be warned - it may be expensive if you decide to do so. I hope it is nothing too serious.
1 Press [< OPEN/CLOSE] on the main unit to open the tray and insert a disc. ≥Press the button again to close the tray. 2 Press [W X CH] to select the channel. To select with the numbered buttons: 3 Press [REC MODE] to select the recording mode (XP, SP, LP or EP). 4 Press [¥ REC] to start recording. Recording will take place on open space on disc. Data will not be overwritten. ≥You cannot change the channel or recording mode during recording. ≥[RAM] You can change the audio being received by pressing [AUDIO] during recording. (Does not affect the recording of audio.) ∫
It is possible that one of the available software downloads (especially from the Canadian website) might allow you to use 16x -R disks, but your choice may be limited by the disk burner already fitted. Try the Panasonic site for info and updates.
Make sure you only use the correct type of discs: DVD-RAM or DVD-R for recording and DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Video CD, CD-Audio (CD-DA) and CD-R/RW (MP3, CD-DA, Video CD formatted discs) for playback.
DVD-RAM disks are in plentiful supply on eBay, both new and used. Keep an eye open and you should pick them up, new, for less than £1 Sterling each!
I am unclear, though, what you mean about recording to and from the VCR. The DMR-E55 doesn't have a VCR facility, just DVD.
You will have no problem playing your non finalized discs on any of the Panasonic DMR range including the DMR EZ28 series. The DMR E55 can also easily be repaired if you can use a soldering iron and a little care. Please checkout my other postings for full repair details.
A manual can be found here Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder User Guide
Or if you prefer, you can visit the Panasonic product support website ( just use google to find it) and look for the manual for your machine.
I have been told that panasonic now have a faster speed disc on sale to suit the newer dvd recorders that dmr-e55 cannot record on as they are too fast.
You have to buy the slower speed ram discs to suit the dmr-e55.