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Failure to record

I try to record and it shows it is recording. When I stop recording it gives me an error message "Failure to stop recording". When I look at contents on disk, there is no recorded items.

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Re: failure to record

Philips DVD recorders are high quality, and likewise only like high quality blank media.
This is a common issue when you use "low" quality media.
Try using these brand of discs....
1. TDK, Sony and Verbatim brand DVD+R Discs 2. Imation, Verbatim or Maxell brand DVD+RW Discs
Honestly said, as the Philips machines were set up for the DVD+ (PLUS) format (hence the +RW logo on the remote), it's best to stick to the +R and +RW DVDs.
Buy your media from places like PC World, Argos, Morissons and online at, etc, NOT eBay where fakes are!!!
Hope it helps!

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Re: failure to record

I had the same problem on my Philips 3400. Changing media worked. Try RW media if R does not work.

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

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