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Unit freezes after initializing DVD-RW brfore recording onto the disc.

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Here is the contact info for GOVIDEO and for it's parent co. DPI. If the first does not get results write an open letter and after mailing the original to the CEO of DPI, post the letter everywhere you can. It does not always work but an open letter usually gets attention.

DPI, Inc., 900 N. 23rd St., St. Louis, MO 63106
t: 314.621.3314 f: 314.621.0869

DPI, Inc.
900 N. 23rd Street
St. Louis, MO 63106
Phone: 314.621.3314
Fax: 314.621.0869
Product and Accessories:
For general product information, email
For wholesale or distribution inquiries, email
Marketing / Public Relations:
For general marketing, communications and public relations information, email
For inquiries about DPI's Website, email

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