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DVD -R finalizing

I have a Sony DVD Recorder (RDR-VX500) that originally had no problems with any brands of disks. Now, it won't finalize hardly any brands even those brands that originally posed no problems.

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Using a dvd+r with 1-16x speed is not advisable for this recorder. It may work but in the long run may cause some trouble. check the manual for compatible disc. it will give you hints on what disc to buy and use. Unfortunately this unit is only compatible with dvd+r dvd-r that are 8x speed or slower. hope this helps.

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Re: DVD -R finalizing

You maybe need to clean up the laser head and try it out again,it may help.

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