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Recording problem I have owned this recorder for over a year now and have never been able to get it to record correctly. I have had about a dozen successful recordings, but I don't know how I got there. The manual says that in order to do a simple recording you simply press the record button for the show you are watching. When I do this, nothing happens--the screen simply reads "stop". It definitely doesn't do what the manual says for simple recording. I haven't tried other methods. I'm wondering if there is something missing in the manual for basic recording. There have been a ton of shows I have tried to record, but have given up. Every so often it will record, but it won't be the channel I'm on--I simply don't get it--I thought it was supposed to be easy

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Re: Recording problem

You need to make shure you get the dvd ready i suggest buy a dvdrw but it in the dvd go to the setup page and in there hit disc it will atomaticaly prepare the dvd cause you cant just put a dvd in and record it needs to prepare (open the disc) also if you are going to watch the recording on another machine after recording you need to finalise the dvd when they ask you to or it will only work on the rca machine

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