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Dvd is stuck

I put a dvd R+ disc into my dvd recorder to make a copy. First of all, it was read as "an unknown disc", which happens sometimes. The problem is that the dvd is stuck in the recorder and won't release. I have tried resettin it several times and it still won't release. For the last 24 hours, it has been going through a cycle of reading, telling me the disk is unkown, trying (but failing to open) and then the disk starts spinning again trying to read... Any advice on how to get the disk out would be appreciated.

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Re: dvd is stuck

All you have to do is hold the on/off button in for one minute then let go and push again for power on.
Then push eject button,

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

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Re: dvd is stuck

Ok what you can do (with power off and unplugged) is open the unit up, find the load and unload motor on the DVD carriage and manually turn it this will unload the disk.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007

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I keep getting no disc staus when inserting the sony dvd-rw

Some DVD players wont read the copied DVDs and
then it show no disc..additionally if recorded disc has not been finalized wherever recorded,other players can not read it..To make sure if it is properly recorded you can try to run them on your verify that it works..

However if this is not the case ,I recommend to buy a "wet DVD/CD laser cleaner " from any is available even in Walmart..And clean the laser eye at least twice..
YOUR DVD itself should be clean and finger prints free as well...

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Jun 18, 2011 | Sony TV Receivers & DVRs

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When I put in a disc the recorder says no disc.

No disc error can be a DIY like the following steps.

Assuming that the disc is good.

1.Cleaning the lens. - Sometimes because of dust the lens can't read any disc.

Try clean the lens by soft cotton buds. Be careful while doing this.

2.Replacing the ribbon - Check the ribbon connected to the lens from the main board for scratch, damage. Once it has an open line then of course the lens can't read the disc. Also try to erase the contact by pencil eraser.

If you've done the steps above and the symptoms still there then the next step requires you a little knowledge in soldering technique and reading the ohmmeter.

3.Checked the motor - Check the motor that spin the disc with an ohmmeter. You can test it using the ohmmeter (x1) even it is connected on the lens assembly.

Good motor - reading should be fairly high and it will spin.

Bad motor - reading will drop to low resistance and will not spin.

Hint : 50% of my repaired unit the above parts are commonly caused of the problem.

If you confirmed that you have a defective motor then replace it with a new one. Before replacing the new motor you have to check the clearance of the disc holder with the old one. The clearance should be the same as the old because if not the lens will not read the disc if it is too far or too close.

If you already cleaned the lens, and confirmed that the ribbon is good as well as the motor then I've advice you to send it to repair shop because the next step should be done with an expert because it is quite technical diagnosing the fault between the pick-up lens and the main board.

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Jan 25, 2011 | Cyberhome DVD Recorder - DVR1600

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I cannot format either dvd-r or rws with this machine.

try a single disk, but make sure format is not (-r or -rw; but +r or+rw )negative is mostly for computers, and positive is mostly for dvds and such; should find single at walgreens or wal-mart.

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Cannot get dvd recorder drive to read dvd-rw

manual should tell you to use either dvd(+)rw or dvd(-)rw typ disks

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hi have you tried to format the discs this sometimes work check your manual and it should tell you how to format

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No Disc

I have a Cyberhome DVD Recorder (DVDR16D) when i put in disc it reads no disc on my TV. any solution?

Jul 08, 2008 | Cyberhome DVD Recorder - DVR1600

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"unknown disc, please, check disc again

this happens all the time on my dvd player. im just about ready to throw it out the window. ive only had it awhile.
i called customer service. they said you need a dvd cleaner to clean the lens. I bought one called dvd dr laser lens cleaner. unfortunately, it rejected that disc as well. you could try it i guess, but good luck. tell me what happens. in the meantime, i'm going to put this piece of garbage up on ebay or throw it out my window. total waste of 300 something dollars. buy the warranty! i didn't and im paying through the nose.
i payed $80 for a new laser about 2 years ago, it did JACK. so, dont do that either. sorry to sound so aggravated, but i have been working on this for a few hours now. i opened it up and tried to look at the lens. looks fine. good luck.

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Eror code ec - 207

Not sure what the code itself means, but if the disc was recorded on another recorder, and not finalized, it will not play back on any other player but the one it was recorded on.

Mar 17, 2008 | TV Receivers & DVRs

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Burning disc's wharfedale dvdr24hd160

make sure you are recording on to a dvd-r or dvd+r disc and that you close the disc down or they will not read on other players

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Unknown Disc Message

machine might only take - dvd or + dvd only some take both types will show on front of machine just a thought

Nov 05, 2007 | Zenith ZRY-316 Video Recorder

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