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Finalizing DVD Hello there, Sure hope you can help me with this. I have had wonderful results with recording DVD's on my recorder, on occasions after the program has been recorded, finalized, it is as if the process was not complete. I continue to finalize again only to loose the program completely and it prompt me that this disk can not be viewed or recorded or something to that affect. Than I have to throw out the disk. I know this works, but after accidentally unplugging the recorder this is when it took place. Any suggestions?

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I am trying to Finalize the DVD but is not letting me go to Disc Setting, what else i can do?

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If you unplugged the recorder while this process was ongoing, it probably failed. You will need to record again.

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When your recording is done, just push the pause again. It stops recording but allows you to add more on to the first recording without starting a new chapter if you want. Just continue to release the pause button to continue.
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