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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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  • megan reichard Dec 02, 2007

    can only copy from vhs to dvd in 2hr sp mode. i've changed the settings on both the vhs and dvd portions but it still only tapes for two hours and this is on +rw disks that i have already recorded upto 6hrs on from a previous player

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    I must have missed something I'm trying to copy a VHS to a DVD and I can't get it to record in anything buy the SP mode. I tried the suggestion while in the stop mode, if I press record, it records the TV. Help...



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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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