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DVD RW stucked - stall the whole system.

I put a DVD RW DISK and it stall in the HDD recorder, all comands are blocked, cannot eject the DVD. I unplugged the thing so it can shut down and tried again to eject the damn DVD, impossible, vicious circle because the system is trying to read the DVD before aboeying to eject it and got stalled anyway...

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Re: DVD RW stucked - stall the whole system.

Hi, I found this site today cos I had a similar problem. To cut a long story short I found a slot on the bottom of the machine, below the disc tray, that has a white lever in it. After removing the power source I moved the lever to the side and the tray opened manually so I could remove the disc. It seems It was a duff DVDR as other discs now work fine. Good luck !

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I encountered this problem with on a DVR 3460H. After much panic I tried various key options on power on. What worked for me was:

Plug out the unit
Turn it on while holding down stop and eject on the recorder.
It will after about 20 seconds spit out the offending DVD

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I also managed to fix this issue with the Philips DVR 3460H using solution of manually opening the DVD disc. To do this (1) open the DVDR box by removing the 3 screws at the back and the 2 pairs at the sides. (2) once open remove the metal plate bridged over the front end of the DVD disc - see photos (3) one the plate is removed, on the left side corner there is a white plastic lever and below it a white plastic dial, lift the lever and then turn the plastic dial to open the DVD disc manually. Once open and the disc is removed simple manually close and then replace the plate, close the box and plug it in.


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Re: DVD RW stucked - stall the whole system.

Hi all.
I tried the stop & eject on my 3460h but didnt work. However the manual option cured it. It must be a dodgy disc as i tried to play it again but the same happened again. Scrapped the disc.

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