Won't playback copied dvd's, only commercially made ones.
I've had this Sony player for 8 years and just recently started copying dvd movies from my collection via computer from my personal collection only to discover that it will not playback any of the copied ones and plays only commercially made discs.
A call to Sony service verified that it will not play burned dvd movies but did not offer a solution to this problem with the player.
The Sony service tech said the unit was made at the time to play back only commercially recorded discs.
I now have 50 burned dvd movies and am now looking to buy a player that will play them.
If anyone has a solution for this annoying problem I would love to apply it, otherwise its off to the Goodwill store with it.
Re: Won't playback copied dvd's, only commercially made...
Read here and we can see that other people have both trouble and success running back ups on this device:
So... That tells us this device is finicky IE it requires a high quality burn.
DVD burners have varying levels of accuracy. To improve your burn:
-SLOW the burn speed for increased accuracy
-USE DVD-R only as it is the most compatible
-Use those Sony's DVD-r's at wal-mart or KMART because Sony makes DVR's and everyone else buys them from generic Taiwan manufacturer and relabel
I bet this will solve your problem. After you get a successful burn at 2x try 4x then 6 etc.
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You don't state the manufacturer or model number in your question, thus we cannot answer. I will say that many do, but there is a caveat. If the the VHS tape is a commercially made movie, chances are it has copy protection on it. Most machines will sense this copy protection and will refuse to copy the protected VHS tape to DVD. This was done to prevent piracy. Home recorded tapes and non-protected tapes will usually work ok. Do not confuse write protection with copy protection however. Write protection is merely the tab on the tape that prevents re-recording of the tape. Copy protection is recorded right onto the tape itself and is read by the machine during playback.
Is the VHS tape you are trying to record a commercial VHS tape (movie)? If so, it may have copy protection on it. The recorder is probably programmed to prevent you from making and using DVDs of commercial copy-protected VHS tapes.
Is this a new problem or has it always been like this? The unit will throw that error message if there's a copy protection flag on the broadcast source.
To make matters worse, there are three flags a broadcaster can set. Copy Always, Copy Once, and Copy Never.
Copy Always and Copy Never are pretty self-explanatory but the Copy Once flag with this unit only works with certain media, namely DVD-RAM and DVD-RW in VR mode with CPRM (Content Protection for Recordable Media.
Copy Always flag should work with all media. I don't know of any easy way to figure out which broadcasts have which flag but try changing your media and recording mode first.
P.S. You may also want to reset to factory default settings by pressing FF and RW together on the player. Also make sure you're running the latest firmware.
it might be sevral reasons:
1. Check if region code is the same for movies you playing and DVD player
2. If you using video CDs or copyed DVDs, player might be preventing to playback those kind of discs, due to copyright laws or due to different speed settings for DVD player and discks you using (for intsrance you player can playback DVD/CD+R, and you using DVD/CD-R, or mximum allowed playback speed is 16 you using disk recorded at 24, but this is in case you using burned/copied CD/DVDs)
3. Check it lens is durty. For that use CD/DVD lens cleaning disk
($6 in Walmart, if you are in US)
4. Check if movies you are have the same coloring system, i.e NTSC for US
5. Check CD/DVD for scratches, some DVD players can not playback scratched disks
Please kindly let me know if my information was helpfull for you or you need more info
There are two methods for copying - one is called "one-touch dubbing" and the other is called the "GUI Method".
For one touch dubbing obviously you have the tape and disc both inserted and have the tape at the position you would like to start copying. Press and hold the Copying button in the direction of the media you're copying to (in this case, the arrow pointing to the DVD) for 3 seconds and it will either start copying or will prompt you on-screen of the television...
If you are using a disc that can be finalized (anything other than DVD+RW or DVD-RAM), you will get a message on the TV that says press Record to record and finalize or press Play to record without finalizing.
The GUI method is to press Functions - Copy, then select the copy direction and start copying.
Before finalizing a disc, when you go to play back the video it always starts with the last recording, not the first. This is probably why you think there is no movie there other than the 10 seconds of Arby's commercial (mmm, Arby's). However, this is the purpose of the Direct Navigator function. If you access it, you should see thumbnails of all of your recordings. Once you finalize the disc and playback, it should start from the beginning.