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Recording copy protected dvd on LG

We have recently purchased an LG dvd video combo machine and it will not allow us to record a rented or purchased movie from dvd to the video. Is there a way of 'unlocking' this feature.

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Re: Recording copy protected dvd on LG

No. This is to try and prevent "pirating" of those movies. If you Must make copies for "archival" purposes, you will have to buy some sort of time base corrector to copy these...accordianman

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The manual for my DVD-V3500 says that you can't record from DVD to the VCR. But, can you record from the VCR to a DVD?

In short, no. Not with this unit on its own. No function for recording from or copying to DVDs exists with this brand/model.

A separate DVD recorder is required. I don't know of anyone who records DVDs to tape these days.

You are correct; the manual states clearly you cannot record from the DVD deck in this machine, which is a bit unusual, considering other brands of combos such as LG, SONY and PANASONIC offered an input (which was between channels or could be selected via remote) to allow DVD to VHS recording within the one unit.

I would presume you can connect this combo to the input of a DVD recorder, play a videotape and it will work via cables. DVDs last longer than tapes anyway.

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Having trouble recording TV broadcast to DVD?

My LG DVD recorder was unreliable when recording TV broadcasts to "standard" DVD disks. Frequently it would begin recording a show and then stop with a copyright error message during some commercial. I rarely got a complete show. Very frustrating!

Solution: Buy some DVD-RAM disks and this machine will become totally reliable. They are hard to find and a little more expensive than +RW or -RW. Because of the copyright programming on this machine only DVD-RAM disks will work in VR (Video Recorder) mode.

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I want to record a dvd from andother dvd player. I cant get it to work. help please.

you can record the output of the DVD player into the input of your DVD recorder, but I think the quality of the recording might be affected. Be sure to check copyrights before doing so.
Most DVD recorder/VHS combo allow to attach an external DVD and copy from the one to the other (assuming there is no copyright protection). In case there is no automatic copying option you can still copy manually -by plugging the external device and play while you record into the internal one.

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When I try dubbing from VCR to DVD the machine will only record about half of the VHS to the DVD. I get the following message...Recording Error - this program is not allowed to be recorded. The cause...

The DVD AGG (automatic gain control) is somehow being fooled into thinking the non-commercial tape has macrovision (copy protection). Is this a relatively inexpensive machine?

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Magnavox H2160MW9 VHS tape "recording not allowed" to hard drive

RIAA has prodded the electronics manufacturers into putting copy protection into their recorders. You are allowed one copy, I believe, and you will be able to make it to a DVD-R in VR mode. VR mode protects (how? dunno) the recording from being copied a second time. DVD-RAM and DVD-R (maybe -RW) in VR mode should allow you to make your copy.
RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America


Jan 08, 2009 | Philips Magnavox MWR10D6 DVD Recorder

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Cannot do this on a combo unit. There is a chip that senses copy protection and prevents recording a copy-protected DVD to a VHS and vice-versa. Solution: Use an outboard DVD player or an outboard VHS VCR and try the recording with the video routed through a "stabilizer" box. The stabilizer (about $30 or less on Ebay) defeats the copy protection on MOST DVDs, but not all. It works with Netflix DVDs. Route the audio as usual. Audio is not protected.

Dec 15, 2008 | Philips Magnavox MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Recording to DVD recorder

I know you can copy to the VCR. but do not know if digital recording has any form of copyright protection. You can try to copy by connecting the outputs of the DVD TV to the inputs of the DVD player recorder.

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Toshiba D VR660KU DVD VCR combo

The unit will only allow 2 hour recording on the DVD+R format. The DVD-R format is adjustable for longer recording time, just understand that the longer recording times = the lower the quality of the recording.

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Recording problem with LG RH266 Recorder.

If the DVD is copy right protected then it won't record. By this I mean, you can't simply rent a DVD at Blockbuster and transfer it to the Hard Drive (use a computer to do this instead). Try using a DVD that is not protected, like a home video or a cd with MP3s

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Dvd and vcr recorder

Well LG makes this unless you can find a firmware up then you must order some DvD-RW with CPRM this allows you to copy your shows once then recording over them.I got this from LG.It's a common firmware problem that started when digital signals got sent with copy right protections.

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