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Recording time when i try to record the speed always returns to SP and only records 2 hours. I had already set up the speed to Extented play (8 hrs.) but it always returns to SP. HELP!

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Re: recording time

Put the machine in dvd mode and press the rec mode button on the remote(right next to the rec button on the bottom) hit the button until you get to the desired mode. i just changed mine and i am copying now from vhs to dvd and it did say it is recording in ep mode, so fingers crossed!

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the recording speed for the DVR. Faster recording speeds provide higher quality recordings.
2. Look at the display on the front of the machine: it should say XP ( records 1 hour on the disc,)
SP ( 2 hours, ) LP ( 4 hours, ) or EP ( 6 hours. ) You can also set it to record 8 hours on a disc,
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3 Press the record mode button until the screen displays the recording speed that you want.
4 Note: if the powers fails or the Machine is unplugged, the machine will automatically reset itself to
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