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Won't complete finalizing

Records completely and will play back. However, part way through finalizing the DVD recorder ejects the DVD. Display continues to appear as if it's finalizing. Re-inserting the DVD leads to it continuing to act as if it's finalizing. At 99% it freezes and nothing else happens. As it is, disk will not play on any other device. Attempt to record on several DVDs result in same outcome. Using Imation DVD+R disks. I'm baffled.

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I got a new machine, when I transfer from VHS to DVD-R it records, but will only play on the machine I recorded on, it doesn't load on other DVD players, why is that?

You need to FINALIZE the DVD-R you recorded in that unit for it to be playable on other DVD players. This function should be part of the on-screen menu for your unit. (in Panasonic DVD recorders, it's under DVD MANAGEMENT in the FUNCTIONS menu).

If the disc you recorded is already loaded, but stopped, press SETUP on your remote - an on screen menu should appear.

Using the UP/DOWN arrow keys, select DVD MENU and press ENTER. Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys again to select FINALIZE and press ENTER.

A message box will popup 'Finalize disc?' use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to select YES then press ENTER. Finalizing should start and may take a while to complete.

Once complete, the disc is now playable on other DVD players. (from page 32 of the owners manual with the heading 'PLAYING THE DISCS IN OTHER DVD PLAYERS')

Feb 10, 2013 | Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Need to know how to finalize recorded disc so that it can be played in regular dvd player

You can record and finalize DVD+Rs one time. After you fill a DVD+R or

complete all the recordings you want on a single DVD+R, finalize it.

Otherwise, the DVD+R will play only on this Recorder.To play the Disc on

other DVD Players, you must finalize it first.

Once you finalize a DVD+R, you cannot record on it anymore or make

editing changes.Therefore, make sure the Disc is as you want it before you

finalize it.


Press SYSTEM MENU. Press

; to select in the top left

corner of the menu bar at the top of the TV screen.


Press CH-

9 repeatedly to select in the second screen,

then press



Press CH-

9 repeatedly to select Finalize disc. Finalize disc

appears in the menu only when an unfinalized DVD+R is in the



Press OK.

"Finalizing" will appear in the menu.The process may

take a few minutes.

When finalization is complete, the Index

picture screen will reappear.

You cannot unfinalize a DVD+R, and you cannot record or

edit the DVD+R after you finalize it.

A DVD+R will play on other DVD Players only after the
Disc is finalized.

Mar 22, 2011 | Philips DVDR75 DVD Recorder

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Recorder records for approx 1 min the self checks

are you using dvd r or dvd rw discs ?? the r disc cause less of a hassle i have been told hope this helps regards Jim

May 04, 2009 | Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

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DVD does not play on other players or computer

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Your description indicates that the last step in the DVD recording has not been performed on these discs that were recorded on the Magnavox. This would be "finalize" or instruct the Magnavox that no other files would be written/recorded on the current disc. Thereafter, the Magnavox would complete the DVD disc making it playable in any other player. Normally, finalization would take a bit of time to complete.

Pls post back how things turned up. Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

Feb 02, 2009 | Philips Magnavox DVD/VCR Dual Player

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Can't play recorded dvds on other dvd players

are you finalizing the discs after recording? some recorders do this automaticaly others have it as an option you have to select.. without finalization they will play on your own recorder but not on other machines.

Oct 07, 2008 | Protron PD-DVR100 DVD Recorder

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Dvd player will not play back after recording , says unknown data or empty disc

The dvd player is not actually recording to the disc. It first records to a "hard drive" on the DVR. when the recording is complete, the user must request that the DVR downloads the recording to the disc. Since I do not know your brand and model # I cannot really instruct you further.


Jul 29, 2008 | DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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RCA DVD/VCR model DRC8320

Faulty power-supply symptoms:

The front panel display and buttons are completely nonfunctional and appear dead. The unit will do nothing more than display the following messages on the TV screen:

Interface error
(and or)
Interface error! Turn off the power

If a DVD or VHS tape was inserted prior to the error occurring, you won't be able to eject either from that point further. They'll remain stuck inside the unit until you've completed the repair detailed below.

Interface error! Turn off the power <--- explains how to completely restore your combo in less than 20minutes by replacing a $1.59 part on the power-supply board.

Jul 15, 2008 | RCA DRC8320 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Dvd finalization

I turned off the Colby recorder then turned it back on and inserted the DVD and chose the edit button on the remote controller. The correct menu with the close and finalize choice became available.

May 26, 2008 | Coby DVDR1280 DVD Recorder/HDD Recorder

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Dvd recorder wont finalize etc

The DVD drive works harder when trying to record the info faster. As the unit ages, tracking is less precise. DVD-R copies occur at 4-16X real time. Try DVD-RW disks which copy slower (now that the price has dropped substantially), and you may find that your aging drive can still copy programs from the HD to the DVD.

Oct 16, 2006 | Pioneer DVR-530H-S DVD Player/HDD Recorder

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