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DVD recorder fault

Showing only 2 hours recording time although disc is empty.

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This is correct. I suspect you can also see "SP" lit up next to it. You should also see "XP" above it (dimmed) and "LP", "EP" below it (also dimmed). Standard Play (SP) fits 2 hours on a single layer disk. XP only records 1 hour but at a higher quality. LP gives you 4 hours and depending on the setting EP will give you 6 or 8 hours on the same disk. The manual will tell you how to select the quality setting

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