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.
Re: will not play back disc recorded on this machine
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 recorded...now 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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Re: will not play back disc recorded on this machine
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.
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U play another movie like a Hollywood movie DVD disc play on it have no squealing noises wright?Yes,than the blank DVD discs batch u have is bad.Tries buy another batch DVD blank discs,tries recording again should solved this problems.
It sounds like the recorder will only record the dvd+ format, which does NOT need finalizing to play in other machines. ( you can record a dvd- , play it back on the machine you recorded it on, but need to finalize it to play on other machines) The other units may only accept dvd-.(dvd- being the same format as you would buy or rent a film on) One option, record the dvd on a dvd+rw (if possible) then copy to a dvd-r using your computer. The average use of a dvd+ is 1000 recordings. There are many free disc burning suites available to download. Just google "free disc burning software" and take your pick. I use 1 called "magix goya base" for copying disc to disc and "NTI" for burning to HDD and then to disc, if you only have use of 1 drive.
I called the manufacturer. They admitted to improper instructions. They provided me a fix to their copying protocol and it worked. Also, they game me instructions on how to fix already copied tapes. It works well and I would have to say I was impressed with their customer/technical service.
I have the same problem with rentals. Even discs barely scratched or with fingerprints. The ilo recorder is great for recording but not really a good player. Try watching a disc you recently recorded. If it still messes up maybe it needs cleaning? May be getting too hot too, check your clearance around your unit.
Does the disc still play in other dvd player? My ILO has always been picky to play rentals so I just have a cheap COBY player hooked up to front inputs of my ILO. I use it to watch the dvds, only use the Ilo to record. Saves wear and tear on my ILO but cannot find a universal remote to operate them both and my tv. If it still records okay thats what I would do, just watch the discs in a secondary unit. Sounds like time to start shopping for new recorder.
Following the instructions on hooking up the cables gave me fits. I finally just put the instructions away and winged it. Got it that way. Bypass your Ilo tuner. Hook the Comcast Cable (outs) up to the A/V input 1 of your ILO. Hook your tv combo A/V outputs, to the ILO A/V inputs. Select the Source and choose the cable source for cable and the combo source to tape from your VHS/dvd combo. Its a pain but you have to select Source everytime you turn the Ilo back on. You could hook your Cable to the ILO but would have to turn on ILO everytime to watch tv. Two remotes is a chore but you have to use tv remote for the volume anyway so it doesn't matter. Hope this helps.
Burn your DVDs at tow positions slower than what the system and discs say. It sounds as if there is a huge amount of error being introduced during the write process. Unfortunately, the old discs can only be recovered with an external program like Zero Assumption Recovery or the like....accordianman
This is probably caused by an irregular magnetic encoding pattern being generated by the tape itself. If the DVD recorder does not fully recognise the code, it may incorrectly interpret it as copy protected. If there is any tape flutter or there are tape edits, these can contribute to the problem. In addition to this magnetic imprinting can occur on old tapes that have been stored for a number of years without being spooled. basically wrong bits of the tape get magnetised. You can sometimes hear an echo on old tape recordings caused by imprinting.
You could try the following:
1) If available, try using a different video machine to play back and record from.
2) Whatever video machine you use, put your tape in, fully fast forward and rewind a couple of times, then try your recording again. This is particularly important if you haven't used the tape for some time.
3) If it fails again, check to see if it always fails at the same point.
4) If it does, try winding forward a little and then try to resume recording.
5) If you can record it means that a short section of tape is giving a spurious code to your dvd recorder and confusing it.
6) Use a re-recordable dvdrw to make a master. You won't keep wasting discs if the recording stops. You will also be able to produce another dvd from your master and edit it if your recording ends up in a number of segments.
7) Always use the highest quality setting possible when producing a master.
8) If all else fails, if you have a friend with another dvd recorder, maybe try that.
The reason why you are having this problem is because you haven't finalized the disc. In able for you to play that Burned DVD that you have you need to Finalized the disc.
Finalizing a recordable optical disc means writing the disc's lead-in (the Table of Contents or TOC) and lead-out information (blank data that fills up the unused space at the end of the disc) so that a DVD player will know where the various tracks begin and end. Without the TOC, a conventional DVD player will not be able to read the contents of the disc.
Once the disc is finalized, no more information can be written to it. Finalizing takes about two or three minutes.
To finalize a DVD-RW/DVD-R:
1. Press the Menu button with the disc stopped.
2. Select Disc Manager and press Enter or the right arrow.
3. Select Disc Finalize and press Enter or the right arrow.
You will be asked twice if you are sure that you want to finalize the disc. Select Yes and press Enter.
Once the disc is finalized, you cannot delete entries from the record list. After being finalized, the DVD-R/DVD-RW (video mode) operates in the same manner as a DVD-Video. Recorded discs must be finalized in order to play back in non-Samsung DVD players.
A DVD-RW disc that has been recorded by DAO (disk-at-once mode) in a PC cannot be unfinalized.
A DVD-RW disc that has been recorded in Video Mode on a non-Samsung recorder cannot be unfinalized by a Samsung recorder.
A DVD-R disc cannot be unfinalized.
Note: Finalization does not apply to DVD-RAM.
If you cannot finalize a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc, make sure that Disc Protection is turned off. If you are still having difficulty, you may try calling technical support of SAMSUNG.
Note: Do not turn the recorder off while it is finalizing the disc. Data on the disc will be damaged if the finalization process is interrupted.