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Cannot record DVD-R's

I own a Pioneer DVR-633H-S. I can still record DVD-RW's in either VR or Video Mode but I cannot record any DVD-R of any brand or speed.  Is there a fix for this?  Or do I have to replace the burner or Hard Drive?  If the burner needs to be replaced with what do I replace it with and where do I get it?

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  • chi1313 Dec 08, 2007

    MY PIONEER DVR-633H-S WAS WORKING FINE. BUT A WEEK AGO IT WONT CHANGE CHANNELS NOR TURN OFF NOR PLAY DVDS. IT WON'T RESET ITHER. AND OUT OF WARRANTY. WHAT TO DO IN THIS CASE. IS THERE A SOFTWARE THAT I CAN REPROGAM THE HARD DRIVE? M M

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I have similar problems,just reset this unit to factory settings, press both stop and standby buttons on the unit,and unpluged the power from the wall ,this my work, and plag back ,wait a moment ,was warking on my unit,

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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I could not record DVD-R's on my 633H.
Calling Pioneer I was told that I had to use DVD-R's rated no more than 4X.
I ordered 4X DVD blanks and have not had a problem since.
However, when I told the service man at the hi-end store where I bought the unit what Pioneer had said and that it fixed my problem, he said it was baloney and to bring it in and he'd have them fix it - that it should handle DVD's supporting higher write speeds.
I didn't take it in as the 4X blanks are cheaper and I don't want anyone mucking around in my machine when it is working OK..

Posted on Sep 08, 2008

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