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Finalizing a disk

When I enter the DISC MENU LIST I do not get the Finalize Options. Don't know what else to do Thanks

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  • crp0129 Nov 21, 2007

    I have the LG Model RC199H which is a VCR/DVD recorder that won’t recognize my discs anymore. I bought this unit from Circuit City on 8/20/06 The discs I am using are the Sony DVD-R and also Maxell DVD-RW and also the HP DVD-R. I have previously used these manufacturers discs and they worked fine. The recorder won’t allow me to initialize them, and occasionally the tray will open back up and the error “disc unrecognizable” appears. I have shut the machine off and pulled the plug. Then I replugged it and used the Memorex CD/DVD disc recorder Optidisc cleaning disc and it still won’t work. Help!

  • AL908 Nov 27, 2007

    I purrchased the LG RC 199H in November of 2006 at Best Buy ( for $300!!). As of December 2007, it will not play any discs. I get the message "cannot read disc." This machine was not used much to begin with, and I am reluctant to spend another $69 to fix it. Is there a solution to this problem that can be done at home?? After this experience, I do not think I want anothe LG product!! There customer service is not great either!

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    Every time I try to finalize a DVD-R or RW disk, finalization fails. I have wasted a number of disks and still can't resolve the problem. After I try to finalize and it fails, the disk is no longer readable. I can find no solution to this or discussion about this in the manual.

  • annsteverson Jun 30, 2008

    My mother_in_law has been kind enough to use her LG dvd/vcr recorder to transfer a VHS to DVD for me. The DVD then plays on her machine but won't play on any other dvd player.

    We followed the instructions in the manual. We recorded onto a DVD-R. Any ideas?



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LG rush out products with lots of features ('cos that's what us mugs buy) but that are poorly engineered so are unreliable.

There is no solution but to avoid LG products in the future.
Spread the word.


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I am not very good with compters, but when I try to burn a movie to a DVD+R disc, it says:

"The attempt to burn disc failed. Disc locked and cannot
be written to."

Can someone help me in very "plain" language?

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I have an LG-199H too. I had to sent it to LG for repair ($69!) after a few months because it would no longer recognize disks, even if i had recorded them on that machine.

Anyhow, I think DVD+R disks have to be finalized. I'm not sure DVD-R do.

After the repair, mine is working pretty good.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007

  • geekotron Dec 11, 2007

    I'm back. Remember when I said after sending it to LG for repair and paying them $69, it was working ok? Well it worked for the rest of October and a week or less into November, and now it's up to its old tricks. I screwed up 7 discs in a row, week after week, DVD+R and DVD-R, from the same package of discs I had been using all along. Save your money- and a lot of hassle. Buy NOTHING from LG.


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