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Will not play back disc recorded on this machine

I've had my ILO DVDR04 for 5 years. I first got it to record my VHS to DVD and had great fun doing it.
After I first recorded each tape, I tested each disc to be sure they would play back and at that time there was no problem.
I have since moved a couple times and now when I put in a disc that I had recorded on this machine to start with I get a reading error message and it won't play back.
So what's up with that, is there something off inside the machine from the move? I have no problems recording TV shows and playing them back.

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  • norwalker5 Jun 21, 2009

    Like I said, I've played back some of the recorded discs before. I recorded them on this ilo recorder, but now they won't work.

  • norwalker5 Jun 21, 2009

    they have been played back previous on this machine, so I don't understand why now they won't play back



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Welcome to the club. My dvdrhd04 is going into the shop tomorrow. I too was overwhelmed with vhs tapes and was excited to transfer them over to dvd...Now I'm unable to watch them. sigh. It was playing the purchases dvd's fine, but recently started stalling and clicking loudly.

I'm too chicken to try the repair myself, so I called on a computer tech to do it for me. I'm going to have him replace the dvd burner, hopefully internally, thus the reason I'm online now, doing a bit of research to hopefully help him out.

I'm not sure what the best type/brand of dvd burner to use, but the ones I've seen so far are relatively inexpensive. They range from 32.00 to 62.00..depending on the type...I even saw a blueray for 152.00, but i'm not sure if it will work in our unit.

Mine started ignoring certain brands of dvd's..then quit reading the ones I the door won't open...I think it's time for a new dvd drive. I spent too much money on the unit to trash it, and the hard drive works great, I just can't burn off my favorite shows. I really love the thing so for me it's worth trying to save it....especially after seeing comparible units listing for over 400.00...gotta fix what I have.

I've also heard that the fan isn't big enough and that the heat is what is messing up the burners. I may ask my guy about that tomorrow and see if there is a better fan or if maybe using a laptop cooling pad will help...I'm game. At the moment, I can't remember if there are vents in the bottom. hummmmm. It's just a thought for you. I'm sure you've done a bit of research and seen that many people have had issues with the ilo's and now that the company is no more, we pretty much have to rely on each other for help. Thank goodness for the web.

Try a new dvd drive, & maybe a cooling pad that is not usb powered. hopefully this will help both of us.


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That's an interesting one. As I understand it, you recorded and played back the same DVD's and they worked on your ilo when created. Now, after a period of time, these same DVD's don't play on this unit.

From personal experience, I know that these drives do change over time and, whether the laser ages or alignment changes, they have trouble creating DVD's that work on other players or reading DVD's that they once had no problems with.

My suggestion would be to try playing the original DVD's in another player. If that works then chances are your ilo's writer drive has changed over time. In doing so, it may still be able to write and read DVD's you create on it today because it's reading laser path (alignment) will exactly match its writing path so the laser doesn't have to be perfect.

Possible solutions:
a. I have not found a DVD lense cleaner disk that I can get to spin up in these drive but that may be worth a shot. (I tried a JVC brand cleaner and it would not read the menu). I had to remove my units top cover and the cover to the DVD drive to get to my laser. It can be cleaned (dusted really) with a gently applied Q-tip.

b. If the above does not work then you may want to substitute the DVD drive to point you in the right direction. WalMart sells an internal 22x LITEON DVD Writer, $39, Bar Code 44149 00406, that you can test or permanently repair with. Unplug your ilo and simply:

1. Set the new 22x drive to MASTER (comes set as slave out of box, see their documentation or the drives cover switch legend markings)

2. Take off the top of the ilo and move the flat data cable and the power connector to the new 22x drive.

3. Give it a test. If your the DVD's read ok then you need the new drive. If not, then your DVD's may have a problem especially if they will not play on other players.

If you need the new drive, it can be installed in this unit and, with some work, look just like the original from the outside. Some other posts also say you can open a hole in the top cover for the cables to exit and just leave the new drive on top of the ilo. Not crazy about that option but up to you.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

  • deschilz Jul 19, 2009

    Just a note that if you wish to play commercial DVD's in the new 22x player I referenced, you will first need to install it in a PC and play at least part of a DVD so that it's region code will be initialized/set.

    The symptoms of "no region code" is the DVD will not play at all or it will lock at, or soon after, the copyright screens. Kind of a pain but looks like the ilo does not have the ability to set the new drives code. You should note that a re-load of the ilo's firmware does not solve this problem... a PC is your only option.


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